Monday Quartet of Picks: LeBron's Cavs to Show Up in Big Way at Knicks

Troy Haliburton

Monday, November 13, 2017 4:43 PM UTC

Monday, Nov. 13, 2017 4:43 PM UTC

Busy night Monday on the hardwood with nine games around the Association. SBR's Troy Haliburton recommends four games in particular.

Kings at Wizards

The Wizards seem finally ready to start talking about their defensive woes, and in their last two games have shown some type of resemblance to the team that was one game away from the Eastern Conference Finals last season. Washington has held its last two opponents (Lakers & Hawks) to under 100 points and there is no coincidence that those two games ended up in double-digit victories.

The Kings know how good the Wizards can be when they are putting forth their maximum effort on the defensive end, because they have already played the Wizards and failed to score 100 points this season. Sacramento lost 110-83 to Washington on Oct. 29. In that game, the Wizards had a balanced scoring attack with John Wall scoring 19, Bradley Beal 15 and Otto Porter 16 as the Wizards led from beginning to end and their starters did not have to log any fourth-quarter minutes.

The only difference between the lineups in that game vs. now is the fact that Markieff Morris is back and in the starting lineup for the Wizards at power forward. Morris struggled to get into a rhythm the first few games back from sports hernia surgery, but is now finding his groove after scoring 18 and 16 points, respectively, in back to back games.

Look for the Wizards to continue their dominant ways against lesser competition and re-establish themselves as contenders in the East.

Free NBA Pick Wizards -11Best Line Offered: BetOnline

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Cavaliers at Knicks

LeBron James went ahead and added fuel to the fire of a meeting between these two teams when he opened his mouth after the Cavaliers beat the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday night. James lamented the fact that rookie Dennis Smith Jr. should be a Knick instead of a Maverick had New York not passed on him in favor of Frank Ntilikina. Smith has taken on the league by storm as the dynamic point guard in Dallas, but the Knicks are just as pleased with their prospect.

Kristaps Porzingis has already stepped up and defended Ntilikina by saying that the Knicks are happy with their selection. Porzingis has a lot of say in the Knicks organization as the new face of the franchise, and if he is happy about Frank’s progress then the Knicks have probably made the right move. Porzingis has done a masterful job of leading the Knicks to a 7-5 record by averaging 30 points per game, 7.3 rebounds and 2.3 blocks.

LeBron usually does not interject himself into a discussion surrounding a team if he was not already prepared to back up his words with his play. The Cavs are 6-7 and currently on the outside looking in of the top eight teams in the East.

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

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Grizzlies at Bucks

The Bucks will get their second test with their newest weapon Eric Bledsoe in the lineup against the Memphis Grizzlies. Head Coach Jason Kidd moved Bledsoe to the starting lineup immediately and moved former rookie of the year Malcolm Brogdon to the bench, which increases the Bucks' scoring punch on their second unit. Schematically the best thing that the Bledsoe addition does for the Bucks is add another capable ball-handler Milwaukee can use to take pressure off of the Greek Freak, who had become a fixture of defensive schemes.

Allowing Giannis to play off the ball more will highlight his athleticism and ability to move well without the basketball, drawing in defenders and allowing more space on the floor for his teammates.

Memphis is having an up and down season of its own, with a 7-5 record that will not indicate how well the Grizzlies have played to start this season. Before the year started, their were a lot of prognosticators that did not believe the Grizzlies would be as dominant in years past with their grit-and-grind style.

The Grizzlies have dispelled that notion behind the play of their two star players, Mike Conley and Marc Gasol. Combine those two players with the ancillary production that the team is getting from Andrew Harrison and James Ennis, and the Grizzlies have a dynamic starting 5 that has scoring punch, length on defense, and toughness to compete with any team in the league.

Free NBA Pick: Memphis +4Best Line Offered: Heritage

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Magic at Warriors

If you like 3-pointers, then this is the NBA game to watch tonight. Everyone knows about the shooting prowess of the Golden State Warriors, who lead the league in 3-point shooting percentage with 41.6% per contest. Right behind them are the Orlando Magic, who shoot 40.6% this season, up from shooting 32.8% last season which ranked 29th in the league. It’s not as of the Magic went out and added a bunch of 3-pointer shooters, they kind of developed their players internally, starting with Aaron Gordon.

Gordon leads the NBA in 3-point shooting, nailing 55% of his shots from behind the arc. The San Francisco area native will make his return to his hometown being known for much more than a powerful dunker this time around. Look for the Magic to use their weapons from deep to stay competitive in this game and to cover.

Free NBA Pick: Magic +13.5Best Line Offered: Pinnacle

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