SBR's Free NBA Picks Rundown 11/11/14

Matthew Jordan

Tuesday, November 11, 2014 3:44 PM GMT

We have six games on the NBA schedule Tuesday and the handicappers at SBR are offering up free picks for five of them. Two matchups, Orlando at Toronto and San Antonio at Golden State, will be nationally televised on NBA TV. All times Eastern.

Magic vs. Raptors (-10.5, 201)

Covered by Matt
It's a 7:30 p.m. tip from Canada's largest city and this has been one of the most one-sided rivalries in the NBA in the past couple of years. Toronto has won eight straight games against Orlando. The Raptors, who lead the NBA in scoring at 107.4 points per game, won in central Florida 108-95 back on Nov. 1. DeMar DeRozan led Toronto with 26 points, and he ranks 11th in the NBA in scoring. Toronto shot only 39.8 percent from the field but had 38 points at the free-throw line compared to just 12 for Orlando. The Magic were led by Evan Fournier's 18 points. Center Nikola Vucevic had 15 points and 12 rebounds. The Raptors enter this game atop the Eastern Conference standings for the first time alone in team history. Matt leans Toronto here.

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Lakers vs. Grizzlies (-10, 196)

Covered by Dave
It's an 8 p.m. tipoff from Memphis as the Grizzlies look to add to the Lakers' early-season woes. Los Angeles does enter with some momentum as it beat visiting Charlotte 107-92 on Sunday for the Lakers' first win of the season. Kobe Bryant and Jeremy Lin each scored 21 points to lead the Lakers. The Hornets scored nearly 25 fewer points than Lakers opponents had averaged this year. Memphis, meanwhile, comes off its first loss of the season, 93-92 in Milwaukee on Saturday. Zach Randolph had 22 points and 14 rebounds in the losing effort. The Bucks' Brandon Knight converted a three-point play with 1.1 seconds remaining to win it. Dave recommends giving the points here.

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Thunder vs. Bucks (-2.5, 190)

Covered by Darin
Oklahoma City and Milwaukee tip off at 8 p.m. The Bucks upset previously unbeaten Memphis on Saturday thanks to Brandon Knight's three-point play with 1.1 seconds left. He was fouled on a drive down the left side of the lane by Courtney Lee, hit the basket and then converted the winning free throw. Knight finished with 14 points. Oklahoma City ended a three-game losing streak with Sunday's 101-93 victory over Sacramento. Reggie Jackson scored 11 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter. The Thunder entered the game as the lowest-scoring team in the league. Oklahoma City played without the injured Perry Jones and Anthony Morrow but both are close to returning. Of course Thunder stars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook remain out with injuries. Ron says take Milwaukee with Oklahoma City so injury-ravaged.

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Hornets vs. Trail Blazers  (-8, 202)

Covered by Scott
A 10 p.m. tip from Portland as Charlotte makes its only visit of the season there. It's the second game of a four-game West Coast trip for the Hornets, and it didn't start well as they lost 107-92 at the previously winless Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday. Charlotte led by seven in the third quarter before the Lakers went on a 25-6 run to take control. The Hornets were held to five field goals in the third quarter overall and were outscored 34-13. Al Jefferson scored 23 points to lead Charlotte. The Hornets' 92 points were the lowest by a Lakers opponent so far.  Portland has won three of four and scored a season-high 116 points in a victory against Denver on Sunday. The Blazers were a terrific 16 of 31 from 3-point range. Portland starting forward Nicolas Batum was injured in the game and won't play Tuesday. Scott is taking the eight points.

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Spurs vs. Warriors (-6, 199)

Covered by Dave
The defending champion Spurs have started just 3-3 and this will be a tough second of a back-to-back. Thus you can never be too sure who Coach Gregg Popovich might rest. San Antonio played perhaps its best game of the season thus far Monday night in winning 89-85 at the Los Angeles Clippers. Kawhi Leonard exploded for a career-high-tying 26 points, and the Spurs closed the game with a 14-3 run. It was San Antonio's first road win of the young season and the 500th overall victory together for Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker. They are just the second NBA trio to win 500 games together. The Warriors have been off since Sunday, when they lost 107-95 in Phoenix for their first defeat of the year. Golden State star guard Klay Thompson said that out but he expects to return here. His status is why there originally was no overnight line posted. Dave leans the Warriors to cover at home.

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