NBA Odds & Dogs – The Process vs. The Champs
NBA Picks: Will Joel Embiid Go HAM Against The Warriors?
The only force that can defeat an immovable champion is an unstoppable phenomenon. Joel Embiid appears to be morphing into an unstoppable player, impossible to guard while patrolling the paint and perimeter with alarming alacrity.
Of course, it will take more than one player to stop the Golden State Warriors under any circumstance, a fact the Philadelphia 76ers have now internalized. Ben Simmons, Dario Saric and Robert Covington have what’s needed to support the process of eliminating Golden State tonight, creating a scenario where Philadelphia has an outside shot of pulling off an upset.
NBA Quick Picks
- Boston at Atlanta – Celtics Beat -6.5 Spread
- Utah at Orlando – Magic Beat -5.5 Spread
- Houston at Memphis – Rockets Beat -8.0 Spread
- Golden State at Philadelphia – 76ers Beat +8.5 Spread
- Milwaukee at Dallas – Bucks Beat -6.5 Spread
NBA Odds Courtesy of Sports Interaction
NBA Spreads: Dimes On The Line
Jazz at Magic (Orlando -5.5)
Utah couldn’t afford to lose Rudy Gobert this season after Gordon Hayward moved east, and that’s exactly what’s happened to the hard-luck Jazz. With the Stifle Tower out of action, the heart of the Jazz has been ripped out. Making things worse are injuries to Dante Exum and Joe Johnson. Utah will still give their all for coach Quin Snyder, but their rotation’s been decimated while the Magic’s lineup remains healthy and happy to return to Orlando. A two-possession spread should be a cinch for the Magic.
Rockets at Grizzlies (Houston -8.0)
The top team in the western conference welcomed back point god Chris Paul with a bang, scoring 90 before halftime against the Suns. Harden literally thought the scoreboard was broken, but the Beard was the one who broke the spirit of Phoenix. Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley will be out until at least December with a bum Achilles, and Mario Chalmers isn’t the solution against the Rockets offense. A spread of eight seems low given the circumstances, even if Houston’s playing in the Grindhouse.
Warriors at 76ers (Philadelphia +8.5)
Boston seems to have figured out the key to defending the Golden State Warriors: foul as much as possible and hope the refs miss obvious calls. In all seriousness, the Warriors lost because the Splash Brothers shot 8-32 in TD Gardens. Joel Embiid and the 76ers got a taste of what it’s like to face the Warriors a week ago, and they were blasted out of Oracle Arena with a 135-114 loss.
The Process finished the final two games of his Cali road trip with an average of 39 PPG, 15.5 RPG, 4.5 APG and 4.0 blocks per game, absolutely insane numbers for any baller. A little bit of home cooking will help the 76ers keep things close, making an +8.5 spread a realistic target for Philadelphia.
Bucks at Mavericks (Milwaukee -6.5)
Dallas has the worst record in the NBA, victims of a myopic Mark Cuban, who attempted to win at all costs in a western conference full of killer teams. Dennis Smith Jr. was a great draft pick, but rebuilding will require another couple of years for the Mavs. Giannis Antetokounmpo’s making a case for himself as the new MVP of the league, and he recently received much-needed shooting help through the Eric Bledsoe trade. No one can stop Giannis, and the Bucks should be able to win by more than six points.
Celtics at Hawks (Boston -6.5)
All the Celtics did was stop the greatest offense the NBA has ever seen, winning one of the most exciting ball games early this season – a rare statement for a 92-88 win during November. Atlanta’s in the basement of the eastern conference, has an inferior rotation compared to Boston, and coach Brad Stevens looks like the next Gregg Popovich. Kyrie and the Celtics will extend their win streak to 15 with a three-possession win over Atlanta.
Nutmeg Of The Night – High Risk/Reward
Philadelphia 76ers Beat Golden State Warriors Straight Up (+310)
The most intriguing matchup of this evening also features the most intriguing moneyline. Philadelphia doesn’t have the depth of the Warriors, but Joel Embiid genuinely appears to be a once-in-a-generation talent who can do it all – as long as he stays healthy.
After experiencing a blowout against the Warriors, Embiid and the 76ers should know that they can’t take any possessions off. Like most teams in the association, the Warriors are much more vulnerable on the road, increasing the odds of a moneyline upset on Saturday night.
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