Upsets On Tap For Friday's Short NBA Slate

Memphis Grizzlies

Charles Stark

Friday, December 8, 2017 1:37 PM UTC

Friday, Dec. 8, 2017 1:37 PM UTC

For NBA Friday we are going to take a look at a couple of underdogs that have a real possibility to pull off some upsets. Can Golden State continue to roll without Steph Curry at Detroit, and will Memphis finally start to get back on track versus Toronto?

Golden State vs Detroit

Of course the big news about Golden State is the fact that Steph Curry is out for the next couple of weeks but that did not stop them from a convincing win at Charlotte the other night. Today though for my NBA pick I’m going to back the Detroit Pistons plus the points because I believe they actually have a decent shot to pull the upset. Earlier in the season this same Detroit team pulled off a bit of an upset at Golden State and there’s no reason for me to think they will come into this game lacking any confidence. Stan Van Gundy has this team playing at a high level and currently they sit at 8-2 at home on the season. However, Detroit is on a four-game losing streak but on a closer look they have only lost the last three of those by a combined 12 points. Golden State statistics are off the charts on both sides of the ball but the Pistons have been good shooting from distance at 37.6% and for the most part they have played some good defense allowing just 38.6 opponent field goals made per game which ranks them 14th in the league. The home-court I think will be the difference tonight and I actually like them to win this game straight up.

Free NBA Pick: Detroit ATSBest Line Offered: *No Lines At Press Time*

Toronto vs Memphis

The Memphis Grizzlies have been a shell of themselves without point guard Mike Conley and things do not get easy for them tonight against a very good Toronto team. Memphis was on a horrible losing streak but they finally were able to break through with a win versus Minnesota in their last home game. Currently Memphis shooting just 44.6% from the floor but what they lack in offensive firepower they actually do decently on the other side as they are only allowing just 35.9 field goals made per game which ranks them second in the NBA. Toronto has been very solid this year on both sides the ball shooting 48.7% and allowing opponents to shoot just 44.9% ranking them second and seventh in the NBA respectively. However, I like how Memphis matches up with them, and like Detroit hosting GS, actually believe they have a shot to win this game straight up. They definitely will give a tremendous effort and at least take this game to the wire.

Free NBA Pick: Memphis +5.5Best Line Offered: at Heritage

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