Picking Winners for Wednesday's NBA Betting Card - November 1st

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Troy Hailburton

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 5:41 PM GMT

Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017 5:41 PM GMT

There are a total of 12 games on the basketball card tonight and SBR's expert capper has pulled top five plays that will bring profit to your wallet. Make sure you read on to get your valuable NBA Picks.

Atlanta Hawks vs Philadelphia 76ers

The Sixers are finally stringing together wins and living up to their potential and hype from the preseason, but they are still searching for their first win in front of their home crowd. The Sixers are 0-2 in Wells Fargo arena this season but will look to notch a win in front of the home crowd against the lowly Atlanta Hawks.

The Hawks are coming into this game struggling in nearly every aspect as a team. Atlanta is only scoring 99.6 points per game, which ranks them 25th in the NBA. This team will struggle mightily to score the basketball, as they only have one true playmaking threat, and that is Dennis Schroeder, who leads the team with 22.1 points per game. Everyone else on the Hawks roster needs Schroeder to initiate the offense and get them involved, which is not necessarily a good thing since Schroeder isn’t known as a great passer. This team is a long way removed from the ball-moving, fast-paced squad that won 60 games just three seasons ago.

For the Sixers to notch their first home win of the season, this young bunch will have to start putting forth more effort on the defensive end. Philly is giving up 108.3 points per game on the defensive end (23rd in the league). There is literally not a better opponent for the Sixers to get out there and build their defensive confidence as a team.

Free NBA Pick: Sixers -8Best Line Offered: Pinnacle

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Milwaukee Bucks vs Charlotte Hornets  

The Milwaukee Bucks are coming off of an absolute beatdown to the hands of the OKC Thunder last night, and as their reward, they get to go battle one of the better defensive teams in the NBA. These two teams played a little over a week ago and the Bucks were able to pull away at the end to secure a 103-94 win.

That was when the Bucks were riding high on The Greek Feek allure that is taking the NBA by storm, and while Giannis is still playing at an extremely high level, it is not adding up in wins for his team. Simply put, Giannis’ teammates are letting him down. The Bucks outside shooters have one of the easiest jobs in America because all they have to do is stand in their hot spots and wait for the defense to sink in on Giannis, leaving them wide open.

Last night the Bucks shot 9-30 from deep and it was honestly frustrating to watch. This team wins when Giannis has support, and will more than likely lose when the team fails to take advantage of opposing defenses leaving them wide open. The Hornets only allow 31% from opposing teams beyond the 3-point line. Look for the Bucks ancillary players to struggle to get off shots against the Hornets swarming defense, as Dwight Howard continues his dominance protecting the rim.

Free NBA Pick: Hornets -3.5Best Line Offered: Bookmaker

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Phoenix Suns vs Washington Wizards

The Wizards are coming off of an early season west-coast road trip that saw them finish 2-2, dropping games in which they had big second half leads to the Lakers and Warriors, respectively. The thing that one has to notice is that the Wizards seem to play to the level of their competition and have a propensity to not take bad opponents as serious. In this particular case that would be a mistake because the Phoenix Suns are going through an early-season resurrection process that has seen them win 3 of their last 4 games.

The Suns started their east coast road trip with a win against the Brooklyn Nets last night. Lead by Devin Booker’s 32 points and the surprising production from a sensational rookie point guard, Mike James. James scored 24 points and has looked the part of an NBA player since he took over the team’s point guard duties after Eric Bledsoe tweeted that he wanted out and was told to stay away from the team by management.

The key difference in the Suns over their winning span has to be the defensive intensity instilled by interim coach Jay Triano. The Suns were giving up a staggering 128 points per game under Earl Watson, but are now able to limit teams scoring opportunities.

The Wizards will more than likely win this game, but there is a grand opportunity to bet big on the Suns assuming that the Wizards will once against struggle to close out games. The problem with the Wizards is that their bench unit is sub-par, so anytime John Wall and Bradley Beal sit, opposing teams go on scoring runs.

Free NBA Pick: Suns +12Best Line Offered: 5Dimes

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 Houston Rockets vs New York Knicks  

Don’t look now, but the Knickerbockers are starting to resemble an actual NBA team. The Knicks have gone on a 3-game winning streak since replacing Ramon Sessions in the starting lineup with Jarrett Jack. Jack brings forth a lot more energy at the point guard position and is able to create offense for others when the plays break down. Combine that with Kristaps Porzingis doing unicorn things on the basketball court and the Knicks have the potential to grow as a team this season.

The Rockets have hit a bit of a rut early on this season and it all stems from not hitting shots and turning the ball over. Over the last two games, the Rockets have shot 62/160, which equals 38% and also had 34 turnovers.

A part of the problem with the Rockets is that they are not playing at the same pace as they were last season. In 2016-17 the Rockets ranked third with 101 possessions per game, while this season they are below league average with just 97.1 possessions per game. Look for the Rockets to pick up the pace against the Knicks and get back in the victory lane.

Free NBA Picks: Rockets -5.5

Best Line Offered: Pinnacle

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Minnesota Timberwolves vs New Orleans Pelicans  

This line opened as a pick em and has now moved to the Pelicans being favored by 2. The Pelicans are finally figuring out how to use their two dynamic big men and are surrounding them with capable shooters on the outside. Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins are dominating teams with their ability to play inside and outside. Cousins has especially put forth his best effort as a pro and the results are plentiful. Boogie is stuffing the stat sheet with 29.4 points, 13.6 rebounds, 5.9 assists, 2.14 blocks, and 1.57 steals per game.

The Timberwolves are getting back on track after Jimmy Butler missed a few games last week due to a respiratory issue. Butler and Jeff Teague have added much needed veteran leadership to the Wolves, and that newfound chemistry is starting to kick in as they have won their last two contests. While the Wolves appear to be getting themselves together, they still lack the physicality down low to be able to compete with the best big man combination in the league.

Free NBA Pick: Pelicans -2Best Line Offered: Bookmaker

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