NBA Odds & Dogs - James Harden vs The Grind
NBA Picks: Will The Grizzlies Grind Down MVP Harden?
If Russell Westbrook didn’t pull an Oscar Robertson last year, James Harden would’ve been the clear choice as the most valuable player of the NBA. With all due respect to Westbrook, who spent time padding stats, Harden might’ve been the real MVP of the 2016-17 season. Few players match Harden’s all-encompassing ability to create points.
The Memphis Grizzlies know a thing or two about stopping prolific scorers, possessing one of the best defenses in the NBA over the past half-decade. Memphis has already beaten Houston twice this year, and the Rockets don’t want to lose a third straight, which might lead to playoff ramifications.
NBA Odds Courtesy of Sports Interaction
- Memphis at Houston – Grizzlies Beat +7.0 Spread
- Philadelphia at Golden State – 76ers Beat +13.5 Spread
- Chicago at San Antonio – Spurs Beat -11.5 Spread
- Cleveland at Dallas – Cavaliers Beat -6 Spread
- L.A. Lakers at Milwaukee – Bucks Beat -6.5 Spread
NBA Spreads: Dimes On The Line
Grizzlies at Rockets (Memphis +7.0)
The Grizzlies focus on grinding defense has been a thorn in the side of James Harden and the Houston Rockets over the past three years. These teams split the last ten meetings through alternating two-win streaks. This season, Memphis is the only squad which has eluded the Rockets, with the Grizz winning on October 23rd and 28th. Houston’s approaching tonight with a seriousness usually reserved for the playoffs, and the pattern suggests they’ll win the next two meetings. However, Memphis will stay close enough to avoid a blowout loss.
76ers at Warriors (Philadelphia +13.5)
“I saw Draymond this summer and I told him that I was gonna kick his ass – I can’t wait to play against him,” Joel Embiid told reporters before facing the Warriors for the first time this year. A motivated Embiid is a threat to any team in the NBA, especially with Ben Simmons and Dario Saric creating awkward matchups as big men with small ball skills. Philly’s also 6-2 over their last eight, with a pair of one-point losses against the Rockets and Kings.
Expect a surprisingly competitive matchup as The Process continues to develop a taste for playing against the best in the association.
Bulls at Spurs (San Antonio -11.5)
Chicago and San Antonio lost their games against the Pacers and the Bucks last night, but the Spurs don’t need to fly to another city overnight. The Bulls hopped on the red eye to Texas, adding extra strain to their back-to-back. San Antonio’s won six of the last ten meetings, including a 10-point loss in Chicago on October 21st. Missing Kawhi hurts the Spurs, but the Bulls are paper thin, making this the most likely blow out on tonight’s schedule.
Cavaliers at Mavericks (Cleveland -6)
The Cleveland Cavaliers have been terrible this year on defense, so much so that they have a meagre six-point spread against the worst team in the western conference. Despite resigning Disco Dirk, Dallas is in rebuild mode for the first time since the turn of the century. LeBron’s fist meme shows a hint of anger previously absent during early regular season games, suggesting that James will personally ensure they won’t fall short in Texas.
L.A. Lakers at Bucks (Milwaukee -6.5)
This season is all about Giannis, who put up another monster stat line of 28 points, 12 boards, five assists, four blocks and a steal – turning the ball over once and fouling only twice. Antetokounmpo also mentioned he loves playing with Eric Bledsoe, a key acquisition who takes a bit of scoring pressure off Giannis. Nobody on the Lakers will stop Antetokounmpo, who will help the Bucks decimate a 6.5-point spread.
Nutmeg Of The Night – High Risk/Reward
Philadelphia 76ers Beat Golden State Warriors Straight Up (+800)
Crazy as it may sound, the 76ers big man trio of Embiid, Simmons and Saric represent an extremely difficult matchup for any NBA squad – including Golden State. Adding J.J. Redick over the offseason increases the difficulty of marking the 76ers, giving Philly the option of a long, five-man lineup of three-point shooters.
If the 76ers can maintain defensive integrity against the Warriors’ historically terrific offense, they’ll have a legitimate shot at sneaking a win out of Oakland. Betting on the 76ers beating a five-possession spread is obviously the safer option, given the fact Philly hasn’t won in Golden State since 2011. However, the Warriors never faced a Philly team with Simmons and Embiid, slightly increasing the odds of a major upset on Saturday night.
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