The NBA wraps up its November schedule with some very nice betting matchups. Check out our sweet spots of the week, which includes the Cavilers at 76ers, Warriors at Lakers, and Bucks at Trail Blazers.
Cavaliers at 76ers (7 p.m. ET)
LeBron James and the Cavaliers are not ready to pass the Eastern Conference torch quite yet. After a rough 5-7 start to the year in which the team scrambled to find chemistry after the sudden departure of former point guard Kyrie Irving, Cleveland has won seven in a row. Team defense is fueling the run, allowing just 103 points on 44.4 percent shooting. It gave up 114.2 on 48.5 percent through the first 12 games.
The Philly trip will likely favor Cleveland slightly on the NBA oddsboard with Sixers rookie Ben Simmons sidelined due to elbow swelling. Center Joel Embiid should be a go, however, and this is all the edge bettors need. As a home underdog, the Sixers are 16-6 ATS with Embiid in the lineup, covering eight in a row, including two this season against the Rockets and Warriors. Opponents score 3.1 points fewer with the defensive force patrolling the paint.Tuesday, November 28
Wizards at Timberwolves (8 p.m. ET)
Tough news for Wizards fans as star point guard John Wall is out for approximately two weeks due to swelling in his left knee. Since 2010, the Wizards are 21-48 SU with Wall out of the lineup, playing 3.1 points worst than when suiting up. Road trips have proven disastrous without the four-time All-Star. Washington is just 5-29 SU, losing by 10.2 points per game. The Wiz are 5-2 ATS as road underdogs this year, but with a spread likely in the single digits, laying the points with Minny should be on everyone’s radar. Wall’s missing 2.9 Box Plus/Minus figure will hurt even more away from home.Wednesday, November 29
Warriors at Lakers (10:30 p.m. ET)
Expect a ton of media hype as Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball squares off against the Warriors for the first time in his young career. What might go missing in the discourse is the fact L.A. plays Golden State tough at Staples Center well before his arrival. It is 3-3 SU and ATS since head coach Steve Kerr helped turn the Warriors into one the NBA’s best teams ever in 2014. Golden State has been at full strength as well with Steph Curry suiting up in each. The reigning NBA champions tip off 11.8-point favorites in this span, but are winning by just 3.2 per game.
Poor shooting has plagued the Warriors, averaging 108.5 points on 47.2 percent from the field. Former Warriors assistant and now Lakers head coach Luke Walton has brought his inside knowledge into play in the last two matchups. The Lakers have held Golden State to 23 and 12.2 points below their projected team total since taking over. L.A. will catch plenty of points in this matchup. The more the merrier if leaning the Lakers.Thursday, November 30
Bucks at Trail Blazers (10 p.m. ET)
Don’t expect much at all from the Bucks offense in this spot. Giannis Antetokounmpo has started eight games on the road against Western Conference teams with a better record than Milwaukee. The Bucks average 93.0 points per game on 43.6 percent shooting. They have failed to reach their projected team total in all but one by an average of 7.5 points per game. Over the last three seasons, the Trail Blazers cover 72 percent of games and the ‘under’ hits in 87.1 at Moda Center when visitors don’t hit their mark ... so make your NBA picks appropriately.