NBA Picks: Predicting 2 Upsets For Friday

Marquese Chriss at a game with the suns caught off guard by the camera

Friday, October 28, 2016 1:16 PM GMT

We look at two games that offer decent betting value for your NBA picks on Friday and explain why the Cavaliers and the Thunder are on upset alert.    

 

 

Raptors vs. Cavaliers 

The Cavaliers visit the Raptors in a rematch of last season's Eastern Conference Finals when Cleveland won the series 4-2. 

The Cavs are coming off an impressive 117-88 win against the Knicks on Tuesday behind 29 points from Kyrie Irving and 23 points and 12 rebounds from Kevin Love. LeBron James picked up right where he left off last season and finished with a triple-double (19 points, 11 rebounds and 14 assists).

The Raptors, on the other hand, crushed the Pistons 109-91 at home last night. DeMar DeRozan led the way with 40 points and Jonas Valanciunas added 32 points and 11 rebounds. 

The Cavaliers are the team to beat in the Eastern Conference but there's a reason why the Raptors have more wins than anyone in the East over the past three seasons (153).

Kyle Lowry comes into this season focused and motivated and DeMar DeRozan's ability to score along with a strong bench have the Raptors as well-positioned as anybody to upset the Cavaliers, not only in this game but in potential playoffs meetings.

 

Free NBA Pick: Raptors +2 (-110)

Best Line Offered: at The Greek

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Suns vs. Thunder 

Russell Westbrook and the Thunder host a young and dangerous Suns team that has nothing to lose. 

The Suns opened the season with a disappointing 113-94 loss to the Kings last night while the Thunder are still adjusting to life without Kevin Durant, which was evidenced by their tough 103-97 road win against the lowly 76ers. 

Oklahoma City is favored by 9.5 points on the NBA odds board for their home opener against Phoenix.

Russell Westbrook finished with 32 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists against the 76ers but sometimes he tries to do too much and the Suns can take advantage of this and at least stay in the game. 

Last season Durant was still with the team and Westbrook made just 101 of 341 three-point attempts and drove head-on into traffic too often, which helped the Thunder finish with 15.9 turnovers per 100 possessions, the third-worst ratio in the NBA. 

With Durant out of the picture, Westbrook might think that he has, even more, freedom and his intimate relationship with turnovers put the Thunder on upset alert on Friday.

Even after last night's loss, the Suns are moving in the right direction, rebuilding the team with talented youngsters like Devin Booker, Marquese Chriss, and Dragan Bender. Phoenix now has a very solid foundation to put in place next to their stars Eric Bledsoe and Brandon Knight and they have something to prove against the Thunder after their poor performance in their season opener, making them a solid NBA pick here. 

The Thunder are the better team but they're not going to blow out anyone this early in the season and they could have a hard time beating the Suns.

 

Free NBA Pick: Suns +9.5 (-110)

Best Line Offered: at Will Hill

 

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