Wizards Will Get Best of Lakers This Time & Other Picks

Troy Haliburton

Thursday, November 9, 2017 5:23 PM UTC

Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017 5:23 PM UTC

Thursday presents a light NBA schedule as there are only 5 games around the association tonight. Read on as we find the betting value and dish out a few winners that will put cash in your pocket if you act on it.

Lakers at Wizards

The Lakers will be playing the second night of a back-to-back against the Wizards, who are suddenly reeling at home, having lost their third consecutive game at the newly minted Capital One Arena. Before the season, the team planned on marketing the arena’s new nickname as “The Vault” meant as a double entendre to pay homage to the new Capital One bank sponsorship, and to signify how they would intend to “lock down” defenders. Well, 10 games into the season and there has been no lockdown defense from the Wizards. The Wizards are ranked 24th in scoring defense, giving up 109 points per game.

If the Wizards want to get back on track, they will have to bring forth more effort and intensity against a team that already had their number this season. The Lakers beat the Wizards two weeks ago in Los Angeles, 102-99, and did a masterful job of shutting up the trash talking Wizards.

A big fuss was made before that game after LaVar Ball said that the Lakers wouldn’t lose twice in the same week and would beat Washington. Wizards centerMarcin Gortat responded by tweeting “John Wall will torture Lonzo for 48 minutes.” Wall will have something to prove after seemingly letting his teammates down in the first game against the Lakers and do not expect the same result this time around.

Free NBA Pick: Wizards -10Best Line Offered: BetOnline

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Pelicans at Raptors

New Orleans finds itself in unfamiliar territory early in the season, and that is actually having a winning record. The Pelicans are 6-5 and have not been above .500 since the end of the 2014-15 season. Lead by DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis, the Pelicans have figured out a way to play a different style from everyone else in the league. Every NBA team seems to be transitioning to the pace and space era and fielding smaller players on the court in an effort to shoot more 3-pointers and play faster. The Pelicans are actually playing inside out and are finding much success at it because of the sheer talent level of Davis and Cousins.

The Raptors were once on the outside looking in of the pace and space movement, as they were one of the few teams who did not implement the 3-point shot in their offensive strategy. Toronto guard DeMar DeRozan has became notorious for his propensity to take mid-range jump shots, but he along with the rest of the Raptors are changing that narrative. The Raptors now shoot 30.7 3-point attempts per game, which is up considerable from the 24.3 last season. In this clash of styles, I would probably lean with the supreme talent to win out, and there is no questioning that the best two players in this game are Cousins and Davis.

Free NBA Pick: Pelicans +5.5Best Line Offered: Bookmaker

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Cavaliers at Rockets

Cleveland is coming off of a big 124-119 win against the Milwaukee Bucks, and the Cavaliers are coming to the harsh reality that the only way they will beat teams this season is by outscoring them in an offensive duel. The Cavs rank dead last in defensive efficiency, giving up 112 points per 100 possessions. This team literally cannot stay in front of anyone and has allowed opposing teams to pretty much have their way.

A struggling defensive team will probably not want to see the Houston Rockets on the schedule because they have one of the high powered offenses in the NBA, led by James Harden who was announced on Monday as the Western Conference Player of the Week for the second time this season. Houston has the fifth most efficient offense with an rating of 108.4, and that has allowed them to score 109.9 points per game.

Cleveland will be without guard Derrick Rose, who is suffering from an ankle injury, and in actuality that might help Cleveland since he has been on of their worst players this season. Rose has an on-court net rating of -12.3 and an off-court net rating of 1.5. Simply put, the Cavs are better without Rose and his absence should positively impact their chances of upsetting Houston.

Free NBA Picks: Cavs +5.5 & Over 228Best Lines Offered: Heritage

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Thunder at Nuggets

Carmelo Anthony will be playing his second revenge game of the season when he and the Thunder take on another one of his former teams, the Denver Nuggets. Oklahoma City has struggled to find its their bearing and integrate all of their new parts around Russell Westbrook. All three Thunder players (including Paul George) are averaging 20 points per game, but the the Thunder are still struggling to win games against good competition. OKC is coming into tonight with a 0-5 record against Western Conference teams and that does not bode well for a team with championship aspirations.

The Nuggets are finding themselves after faltering at the beginning of the season. If Denver wants to have success this year, it will need high production from Nikola Jokic and Paul Millsap, who are finally figuring out how to play with each other. Jokic is more of a finesse center who can stretch the floor and play make for others. Millsap is a bruising physical player who can also stretch the floor, but has an array of post moves that he can use to dominate in the paint. Steven Adams will have his hands full chasing around Jokic, but he is up to the task.

Free NBA Pick: Thunder -1Best Line Offered: 5Dimes

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