Winning Picks for TNT Doubleheader, Led by Celtics-Warriors

Troy Haliburton

Thursday, November 16, 2017 5:25 PM UTC

Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017 5:25 PM UTC

Just two games on the NBA slate Thursday night, both nationally televised on TNT. The doubleheader is led by a potential NBA Finals preview between the Warriors and Celtics. 

Warriors at Celtics

Steve Kerr has already heaped enough praise on the Celtics this week when he dubbed them “The team of the future in the East.” Maybe Kerr was softening the Celtics team up with praise before their big matchup on TNT tonight, or maybe he  truly believes that Boston is a threat in the future. The latter would not be surprising, considering the fact that Kerr can see a young team with talent from a mile away. It’s the same reason why he landed in Golden State instead of New York under his mentor Phil Jackson. The Celtics clearly have a young nucleus of players who are perfect for the pace and space basketball revolution.

Kyrie Irving is the point guard of the future with unbelievable ball-handling skills and quickness that allows to get to the rim at will. Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum are two young athletic 3-and-D wing players who are establishing themselves as reliable NBA role players, with Tatum even showing flashes of being a potential breakout player. Combine all of that with Al Horford's veteran presence and versatility along with a slew of other young developing role players and you have the perfect core to build around in the future.

While everyone is worrying about the Celtics in the future, this team is ready to compete right now on a 13-game winning and amassing the best record in the NBA so far. The Warriors view the Celtics as a threat and will most definitely treat them as such. Former two-time MVP Steph Curry will be returning to the lineup after missing the last two games with a thigh contusion. The Warriors are on a seven-game winning streak of their own, and are beating teams by a margin of 19.8 points during this streak.

The Warriors are coming into this game off a few days of rest and will certainly be prepared to bring the Celtics back down to earth.

Free NBA Pick: Warriors -7.5Best Line Offered: BetOnline

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Rockets at Suns

Chris Paul is set to return to the Houston lineup after being out for the last three weeks with a knee bruise, and his return to the could not have come at a better time for the Rockets. Houston has succeeded in in Paul’s absence, but after losing 2 of its last three games the team may need the perennial All-Star point guard to help take some of the pressure off James Harden. Harden has been masterful running the Rockets offense and getting his teammates involved as the de-facto point guard. Paul’s presence will alleviate Harden’s ball-handling responsibility and allow him to be put into more situations of being a spot up shooter, which he excels at.

The Suns are a team in clear rebuilding mode, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing considering how many young players they have on their roster. Phoenix is in a position to allow players to play in order to gain invaluable experience for the future. Devin Booker has picked up right where he left off last year in averaging 23.2 points per game and is the only mainstay on the Suns in terms of putting the ball in the basket.

The Rockets will use this game as an opportunity to get back on track with their winning ways, and maybe the Suns will learn something about themselves along the way.

Free NBA Pick: Rockets -12.5Best Line Offered: Bookmaker

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