Free Pick for Tuesday's NBA Action, November 28th

Troy Haliburton

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 4:40 PM UTC

Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017 4:40 PM UTC

Tuesday's NBA schedule has three fully identified spots that are looking pretty attractive to our capper's eyes. Read on as Troy makes the case for three plays that will pop your bookie on a figure four leg lock. Woooo!

Heat vs Cavs

The Cavaliers are coming off of a blowout win over the upstart Philadelphia 76ers and LeBron James seemingly has found his groove w9th his new teammates. Another Cavalier that seems to be finding his way is Dwyane Wade, who led the bench players with 15 points in the win against the Sixers. Wade and James will both be facing their old team in the Heat and their old head coach Erik Spoelstra, who was very influential on both of their careers.

Wade is coming into his own as a Cav after deciding to come off the bench after just three games of starting. He is averaging 10.7 points per game and is second on the team in assists with 3.9 per contest. The assist numbers are very important because of the fact that Cleveland has been without their starting point guard Derrick Rose for some time now. Wade’s playmaking skills allows the second unit to play smoothly, and his ability to pass and get others involved has served as a catalyst for their improved play.

From Miami’s perspective, they are finally getting back on track to the team that finished last season 31-10 and had many analysts suggesting that they would be one of the more competitive teams in the Eastern Conference. The Heat had to get over a bout of early season injuries, especially to star center Hassan Whiteside. Whiteside is anchoring the Heat defense with his 1.64 blocks per game and his 12.6 rebounds per game. While Whiteside is doing his job at protecting the paint, the rest of the team has to improve at keeping teams off of the 3-point line. The Heat are giving up 37.8% from behind the arc to opposing teams, ranking 25th in the NBA. The Cavaliers will try to take advantage of that, as they shoot 36% from deep.

Free NBA Pick: Cavs -4Best Line Offered: at Bookmaker

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Wizards vs Timberwolves

The Wizards season is steadily spiraling out of control, and a lot of it has to do with the self-inflicted wounds that come from not being mentally tough. Washington is blowing fourth-quarter leads left and right, and they will certainly regret a lot of these losses when playoff seeding comes around in April. The latest Wizards blown lead came at home against the Portland Trailblazers in which they lead by 15 points with eight minutes to go and ended up losing by three in overtime. Washington’s problems extend beyond just blowing leads, as they will play the next few weeks without John Wall, who is out recovering from PRP treatments to his left knee. In his absence, the team has turned to Tim Frazier to takeover the point guard duties, but Frazier seems to be a little overwhelmed. Bradley Beal has stepped up his playmaking skills and as the leader of the team needs to take more responsibility for their shortcomings.

The Timberwolves are also without their starting point guard Jeff Teague, and have used Tyus Jones to replace his production. Jones made his first start of his young NBA career in a win against the Phoenix Suns on Sunday. He finished with nine points, seven assists, seven steals, and no turnovers. Jimmy Butler has emerged as the scoring threat that we have all come to know and love over the past few years. At first, Butler was acquiescing to the young stars in Minnesota, but over the last nine games he has averaged 20.1 points per game and asserted himself as the lead dog on a Timberwolves team on the rise.

Free NBA Pick: Timberwolves -5.5Best Line Offered: at Matchbook

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Jazz vs Nuggets

The Jazz and the Nuggets are both figuring out how to play together after losing star players to injury. The Jazz have been without Rudy Gobert for a few weeks already, and have kind of plummeted in his absence. The Nuggets just recently lost All-Star Paul Millsap to a broken wrist, and will have to figure out how to win games over the next three months in his absence.

The Jazz are slowly figuring it out though, as they have won two of their last three games, and have done it with offense instead of their patented defense. In those two wins over the Bulls and the Bucks, Utah averaged 115 points per game. Give credit to Utah’s rookie Donovan Mitchell who is figuring out a way to be assertive on the offensive end, and learning how to properly run a basketball team. Mitchell had 24 points in the win over Milwaukee, and the team is realizing that they can depend on him for offensive production.

Denver is still having complications with their point guard situation and are still running a lot of their offense through Nikola Jokic in the high-post, which is good in moderation, but not necessarily how you want to run your team in the modern NBA. Look for Mitchell to breakout again against a weak Denver backcourt and secure a victory for the Jazz.

Free NBA Pick: Jazz -2Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes

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