NBA Picks of the Day: Pair of Home Favorites for Friday Night

Steven Suarez

Friday, October 30, 2015 1:57 PM GMT

Which two NBA picks should we be adding to our tickets for Friday's basketball action? Let's dive in and find out.

Are you as excited as we are to have the NBA back?! The season has begun, and while it's still far too early to have a firm read on every team, we are starting to see some general trends emerge. Below you'll find two selections that we're feeling good about for Friday's huge basketball slate.

 

Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Denver Nuggets
In what was arguably the biggest surprise of the season so far, the Nuggets went into Houston and crushed the Rockets in their season opener. They were large underdogs on the NBA odds board, but they controlled the game and showed a nice balance on both ends of the court on their way to the 105-85 win.

Danilo Gallinari was the spark offensively for Denver, scoring a game-high 23 points to go with eight rebounds, three assists, three blocks and a steal in 36 minutes. Rookie Emmanuel Mudiay played a team-high 38 minutes and finished with a nice 17/9/5 line, although he turned the ball over 11 times. The Nuggets shot 50.6 percent from the floor overall and held James Harden and the Rockets to 34.5 percent shooting in a big opening night win.

Tonight Denver will have its home debut, with the Nuggets set to host the Timberwolves. They were also able to notch a win in their season opener, beating the Lakers 112-111 in Los Angeles behind a huge performance from point guard Ricky Rubio. He put up 28 points and 14 rebounds in 32 minutes, with Kevin Martin's 23 points off the bench also being a big contributing factor to the win. Number one overall draft pick, Karl-Anthony Towns, ended up with a solid stat line of 14 points and 12 rebounds in his official team debut.

Do we see an edge for tonight's game in Denver? Both teams had to be happy with what they did in their openers, but we were much more impressed with the Nuggets. And, we think they have an excellent chance of covering this number on their own floor against a Minnesota team that still has a lot of work to do, especially on the defensive end. We'll be adding Denver as short home favorites to our NBA picks for the day.

NBA Pick: Nuggets -3.5 at Pinnacle

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Portland Trail Blazers vs. Phoenix Suns
Our next stop is Phoenix, where the Suns will entertain Damian Lillard, C.J. McCollum and the Trail Blazers. Current odds show Phoenix favored by 4.5 points, with the total at 206 points, one of the higher numbers of the night.

We'll start our breakdown with the home team. Phoenix was a total letdown in their opener, as they got crushed at home by a shorthanded Dallas squad. The game was essentially over by the third quarter, as eight different members of the Mavericks scored in double figures in the blowout. Eric Bledsoe and Brandon Knight combined for 28 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists, but as a whole the team wasn't functioning well on either end of the court.

As for Portland, they fared much better in an 18-point win over Anthony Davis and the Pelicans. McCollum exploded for 37 points and Damian Lillard had a nice night too in the rout.

The Trail Blazers came out scorching hot in their opener, and it looks like that Lillard/McCollum backcourt is going to be hard to deal with.

That being said, the Suns have the backcourt to match with Bledsoe and Knight, so this sets up as a nice matchup for them. When we look at the rest of the rotation, we like Phoenix's overall talent more, and they'll surely perform better than they did against the Mavs.

Throw in the home-court advantage and we're going to be rolling with the Suns to win by at least five here. 

NBA Pick: Suns -4.5 at 5Dimes

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