NBA Weekend Free Picks & Predictions: November 1-3
As we enter November, we have a packed days of NBA free picks for you to get stuck into. The Rockets will travel to New York for a matchup against Kyrie Irving and the Nets.
We also have last seasons’ winners the Raptors facing off against last seasons’ MVP and the Milwaukee Bucks, among a handful of other picks. So let’s get down to the brass tacks.
Will a team remain unbeaten after the weekend?
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- 01Milwaukee Bucks @ Orlando Magic - Friday November 1, 7:00 (EST)
- 02Houston Rockets @ Brooklyn Nets - Friday November 1, 7:00 (EST)
- 03Los Angeles Lakers @ Dallas Mavericks - Friday November 1, 9:30 (EST)
- 04New York Knicks @ Boston Celtics - Friday November 1, 7:30 (EST)
- 05San Antonio Spurs @ Golden State Warriors - Friday November 1, 10:30 (EST)
- 06Toronto Raptors @ Milwaukee Bucks - Saturday November 2, 8:00 (EST)
- 07Utah Jazz @ Los Angeles Clippers - Sunday November 3, 9:00 (EST)
- 08Los Angeles Lakers @ San Antonio Spurs - Sunday November 3, 7:00 (EST)
Milwaukee Bucks @ Orlando Magic - Friday November 1, 7:00 (EST)
The Bucks are coming off the back of a loss to the Celtics on the road. They lost by a narrow margin, with the game ending 105-116.
The Bucks have had a slow start to the season with a couple of wins and losses.
They’ve recorded wins against the Rockets and the Cavaliers. But a loss in their last and to the heat in game 2 has put them at 2-2 for the season so far.
The Magic are also at 2-2 outright. Like their Central Division counterparts, they recorded a win against the Cavs.
They won their last game against the Knicks in a low-scoring affair. The Magic had a great preseason by winning all their games, which set them up well for the new season but have slipped up on a couple of occasions so far.
Khris Middleton and the Greek Freak are finding the net with ease and we don’t see the Magic being able to match their firepower.
Milwaukee Bucks to win on the road.
Houston Rockets @ Brooklyn Nets - Friday November 1, 7:00 (EST)
The Brooklyn Nets have had a rocky start to the new campaign.
Kevin Durant, who joined in the summer, is unlikely to participate during the entirety of this campaign. He joined to play alongside Kyrie Irving, who is enjoying a good season so far.
Irving managed a 28-point game against the Indiana Pacers in their last. It was a game they lost 118-108, putting the Nets at 1-3 for the season outright.
The Rockets are quite the opposite, sitting on 3-1 for the season, they’ve put in some great performances. The last no less, was an epic high-scoring battle against the Wizards, which the Rockets won 159-158.
Starman James Harden recorded a staggering 59 points, and ran things for portions of the game. Harden’s new teammate Russell Westbook was in the on action too; with 17 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists.
The Nets have shown signs this season, but not enough to overcome these title-contenders.
Expect the Rockets to win this one.
Los Angeles Lakers @ Dallas Mavericks - Friday November 1, 9:30 (EST)
The Lakers are beginning a three game road trip against Dallas, San Antonio and Chicago. They’ll have one of their key players back against the Mavs, in the form of Kyle Kuzma.
He’ll make his season debut after being sidelined with a left foot injury that he sustained while training with the USA basketball team in the summer. He averaged 18.7 points last season.
The Lakers will have LeBron and Anthony Davis, who have helped them to a 3-1 start in the league.
The Mavs are also at 3-1 outright. They lost to the Trail Blazers in game 3, but aside from that have been solid. Last year’s second draft Luka Doncic and the big Latvian Kristaps Porziņģis have been tallying points up for the Mavs.
This will be a closely fought game. Take the Mavs to win this one.
New York Knicks @ Boston Celtics - Friday November 1, 7:30 (EST)
The Celtics are 3-1 for the season. They started the season off on the wrong foot, conceding to the 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center in a game that finished 93-107.
Tacko Fall has been a name that has been thrown around a lot in the media of late. The 2.3 metre center is already one of the most loved players in the NBA, but he needs to cement a place in the team - as he’s only grabbed a few minutes against the Knicks so far.
The Knicks have had a very bumpy start to the season. We’re at TD Garden for this one, which won’t help the Knicks, but a win here would give them the boost they need as they currently sit at 1-4 for the season.
They’ve already come up against the Celtics this season, but the game didn’t end favourably for the homeside at the MSG , with it going 118-95 to the Celtics. The Knicks have only managed to triumph the struggling Bulls.
The Celtics are playing well and are a very physical team, we see them being way too much for the Knicks to handle.
Take the Celtics to win this one.
San Antonio Spurs @ Golden State Warriors - Friday November 1, 10:30 (EST)
The Warriors poor start to the season got a whole lot worse last night, when they were beaten by the Phoenix Suns and starman Steph Curry broke his left hand.
With about 8 minutes left in the third quarter, Curry collided with Aron Baynes. He went straight off to have it scanned only to have the break confirmed by the medical staff.
Aside from a win over the Pelicans, it’s been all doom and gloom for Steve Kerr’s side. Now with the news of Steph to add to their misery, it’s going to take something special to get their season back on track.
Coach Popovich and his Spurs have started their 2019/20 season positively. They’ve defeated the Knicks, Wizards and Trail Blazers, with a game against the Clippers tonight.
They are unbeaten as of yet, and may even go into the matchup with the Warriors at 4-0. They’re also averaging 119 points per game, which will mean D’Angelo Russell will have to be on sick form to stop this Spurs side.
The Spurs will turn to LaMarcus Aldridge for the points, who has enjoyed a very good start to the campaign. The Mid-range menace is starting the season shooting 49% from the field.
The Spurs also have DeMar DeRozan to rack up points.
The Golden State Warriors woes will continue. Take Spurs to win this one.
Toronto Raptors @ Milwaukee Bucks - Saturday November 2, 8:00 (EST)
It’s been hot and cold for the Bucks who sit at 2-1 for the season with a loss to the Heat. They will host the last season’s title winner’s the Toronto Raptors at the Fiserv Forum.
Giannis has got off to the season as we all expected, but there are plenty of others on the Bucks roster that have had a hand in their wins. The likes of Khris Middleton, George Hill, Pat Connaughton and Eric Bledsoe.
The Bucks roster feels stacked and as the season progresses, we expect to see the depth in their roster shining through.
The Raptors silenced the critics by making a solid start to the season and currently sit at 4-1. The high-flying Celtics are the only team to stop them from making a perfect start to the season.
There was a lot of pressure put on the shoulders of Pascal Siakam before the season began, but he’s embraced it and taken games head on. He’s consistently finding points game-to-game.
Alongside Lowry and VanVleet, they can cause anyone trouble.
We think this is going to be an epic contest and certainly our NBA free pick of the November weekend.
Take the Raptors to beat Giannis and the Bucks on the road.
Utah Jazz @ Los Angeles Clippers - Sunday November 3, 9:00 (EST)
The Utah Jazz continued their strong start to the 2019/20 campaign with a win over the Clippers 110-96 in Salt Lake City.
The Jazz have made an excellent start to the season, with wins over the Thunder, Kings, Suns and a Kawhi-less Clippers. The only defeat they’ve recorded was against LeBron and the Lakers. Overall they sit at 4-1.
The Clippers will host the Utah Jazz for their second matchup in 5 days. They will be keen to make amends for their performance the other night.
This time it’ll be with their starman Kawhi Leonard back for the home tie, which will be a big boost.
The STAPLES Center will host a very capable San Antonio Spurs side, before going into Sunday’s matchup against the Jazz. They’ll be hoping the return of Kawhi brings better fortunes.
The NBA betting odds will likely favour the Clippers, but we think it’ll go the other way.
Take the Jazz to beat the Clippers on the road.
Los Angeles Lakers @ San Antonio Spurs - Sunday November 3, 7:00 (EST)
The Spurs, who currently sit at 3rd in the NBA power rankings, will host the Lakers on Sunday at the AT&T Center.
Doc Rivers is the best in the business and will look to propel his team forward off the back of such a great start.
The issues for the Spurs have been their slow starts, they need to look to get into the game quicker and assert themselves.
They’ll have played the Clippers and Warriors before they face off against the Lakers, but if they handle their rotation well and stick to their game plan they could conceivably win all 3 of these games.
The Lakers will face the Mavs before facing the Spurs, which could set the tone for this one. But regardless of the result, this will be a tough contest for both sides.
Take the Spurs to win this one at home.