Might be wise to fade the Brooklyn Nets for a while as their best player and leading scorer, D’Angelo Russell, is going to miss multiple games with a knee injury. He was hurt in Saturday’s loss to Utah. The team lost fellow starting guard Jeremy Lin to a season-ending knee injury earlier in the year. Here are two games to consider in your NBA picks this week: 76ers at Lakers and Warriors at Celtics; check back for NBA odds from MyBookie.
Best NBA Picks & Betting Matchups of the Week – November 13th Edition
— Jacob Goldstein (@JacobEGoldstein) November 13, 2017
Philadelphia 76ers at LA Lakers NBA Pick & Game Info
When: Wednesday, 10:30 PM ET
Where: Staples Center, LA
Radio: WPEN 97.5 The Fanatic (Philadelphia) / 710 ESPNLA (LA)
NBA Odds: TBA
Why Bet On Philadelphia?
This will be a matchup of two of the Rookie of the Year favorites in Philly’s Ben Simmons, the leader for that award right now, and the Lakers’ Lonzo Ball. They never played against one another in college as Simmons spent just one year at LSU and was in the NBA but out injured in 2016-17 when Ball played his one season at UCLA.
Simmons is only the second player in NBA history to record at least 10 points, five rebounds and five assists in 11 of his first 12 games joining Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson. Thanks in large part to Simmons, Philadelphia currently ranks fifth in the league in assists with 315, and second in assists per game with 26.3.
Simmons’ two triple-doubles this season are tied with Houston’s James Harden and second only to Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook (four) among NBA players. Simmons’ 12.8 points in the paint per game rank fifth in the NBA.
The Sixers have made at least 10 three-pointers in eight consecutive games, which is the third-longest such streak in the NBA this season behind only Golden State (13 games) and Houston (nine games). As a team, Philadelphia’s 150 three-pointers rank fifth in the league, while its 40.2 percent mark from long distance is third.
The 76ers held the longest streak of 50-rebounds games in the NBA this season, corralling at least 50 boards in each of their last four games. The streak is the team’s longest since totaling 50 rebounds in four straight from Nov. 18-23, 2013.
Why Bet On Lakers?
Saturday against Milwaukee, Ball’s 17 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists made him the youngest player in NBA history with a triple-double. At 20 years and 20 days, he beat LeBron James by five days to take away the record. Ball’s passing has been strong all season (even if his decision making on drives needed to improve), and his rebounding for his position has been strong, but it’s the shooting which has held him back. On Saturday he was 7-of-12 overall, and 3-of-5 from three. Alas, L.A. lost the game.
Ball isn’t the only good Lakers rookie. Kyle Kuzma has four 20-point games and four double-doubles this season. Kuzma is joined by Donovan Mitchell (Utah) as the lone rookies with four 20-point performances. In 5 games as a starter, Kuzma is averaging 15.6 points (.475 FG%), 10.2 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 37.5 minutes
Among rookies, Kuzma ranks second in scoring (15.2), tied for fourth in rebounding (6.8) and ninth in FG% (.516). The Lakers rank fourth in the NBA in bench production, with 41.5 bench points per game. • Jordan Clarkson has 10+ points in 11 contests, with the third-most bench points in the NBA this season (192). His 14.8 ppg is sixth among reserves (min. 5 games). Julius Randle is the only player in the NBA averaging 11+ points and 6+ rebounds in 21 or fewer minutes per game. His .604 FG% ranks 6th in the NBA. You should consider these stats for your NBA picks.
Golden State Warriors at Boston Celtics NBA Pick & Game Info
When: Thursday, 8 PM ET
Where: TD Garden, Boston
Radio: 95.7 the Game (Golden State) / WBZ-FM 98.5 (Boston)
NBA Odds: TBA
Why Bet On Golden State?
This could easily be a preview of the NBA Finals. The Warriors are heavy favorites to win another championship, while Boston has the best record in the NBA.
Entering this week, Golden State has won its last six games, each decided by a margin of 17 points or more to match the NBA record set by the 1989-90 Phoenix Suns. The Warriors are averaging a league-leading 32.6 ppg in the third quarter this season (after averaging 31.2 ppg in the third last season). Golden State has made at least 10 3-pointers in every game this season, the only team to do so.
Klay Thompson has made at least one 3-pointer in 67 consecutive games he has played in, the longest active streak in the NBA. It’s also the longest streak of his career, surpassing his previous best of 37 straight. The 67-game consecutive 3-point field goal streak is the ninth-longest in NBA history. Reggie Miller is in eighth place with 68 straight games with at least a 3-pointer. Thompson’s streak is the third-longest in Warriors franchise history, behind two by Stephen Curry. Curry’s longest was 157.
The Warriors have won a league-high five games by 20 or more points; last season, 23 (Houston, 2nd with 15). The 23 20-point victories were the third most in a single season in NBA history, trailing only the 1970-71 Milwaukee Bucks (28) and the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls (26)
Warriors Co-Executive Chairman & CEO Joe Lacob spent five years as a minority owner of the Boston Celtics, serving on the basketball committee and earning an NBA championship ring in 2007-08.
Why Bet On Boston?
Will the Celtics have star guard Kyrie Irving back by Thursday? He sat out Sunday after suffering minor facial fractures on Friday. It’s likely he will play with a protective mask. Celtics big man Aron Baynes hit Irving while trying to defend a Kemba Walker shot attempt in the first quarter of Friday’s game. After fouling Walker on a drive, Baynes spun to box out, and his right elbow smashed Irving, who immediately collapsed to the floor clutching his face.
Irving’s 245 points in the first 11 games were the most points scored by any Celtics in their first 11 games with the franchise in history.
Even without Irving, the Celtics beat Toronto on Sunday for their 12th straight win. Al Horford, who missed the previous two games due to a concussion, was back. He scored a team-high 21 points on 8-of-9 shooting and provided some key, late-game offense. Boston is the first team to ever win 12 in a row after starting 0-2.
Boston usually plays the Warriors tough. The Celtics won in Oakland last season 99-86. The Dubs were without an injured Kevin Durant, though. The season before, Boston ended Golden State’s record 54-game home winning streak. Of course, Irving was part of the past three Cavs teams that faced the Warriors in the finals. It’s a tough one to place in your NBA picks.
Expert Prediction & NBA Picks of the Week
Like the 76ers on the road and the Warriors in Boston assuming all the key Warriors to play. They will be fired up for that one. Be sure to check out more upcoming betting previews and NBA picks for upcoming weeks, as well as future predictions for the season!