NBA Odds & Dogs – The Raptors vs. Consistency
NBA Picks: Will Toronto Stop Losing To Bad Teams?
Raptors fans have been pulling their hair out over the past few days, watching the team lose extremely winnable games against the New York Knicks and the Indiana Pacers. Indiana and New York don’t have the level of talent that the Raps possess, especially in the backcourt, where Lowry and DeRozan should reign over most eastern conference competitors.
Tonight’s task won’t be any easier, finishing off their most difficult travel of the season. The NBA scheduled Toronto to play three games in four nights around Thanksgiving, perhaps the worst time to face this type of road trip scenario.
NBA Quick Picks:
NBA Odds Courtesy of Sports Interaction
- Toronto at Atlanta – Hawks Cover +6.5 Spread
- New York at Houston – Rockets Beat -14.5 Spread
- Milwaukee at Utah – Bucks Beat -1.5 Spread
- Oklahoma City at Dallas – Thunder Beat -6.0 Spread
- New Orleans at Golden State – Pelicans Cover +11.5 Spread
NBA Spreads: Dimes On The Line
Raptors at Hawks (Atlanta +6.5)
The Raptors have been strange this year due to inconsistency. During the last two losses against the Knicks and Pacers, either DeRozan or Ibaka were ineffective, while players like Tim Hardaway dropped 38 points, hinting at an ineffective defense. On their third road game in four nights, and the second of a back-to-back, the Raptors will have a tough time summoning the energy needed to earn a three-possession win. Atlanta’s also won three of their last four against the Raps, making the Hawks a good candidate for covering the spread.
Knicks at Rockets (Houston -14.5)
Houston has been the most exciting team to watch early in the NBA season. James Harden and Chris Paul appear nearly unstoppable on offense. This duo gets to their spots on court with ease, dissecting defenses with superb cuts and dishes while raining mid-and-long range shots when given a bit of space. New York doesn’t have the defensive rigor needed to prevent the Rockets from taking flight, and they’ve beaten Houston once in the past sixteen meetings. A severe blow out is the most likely result.
Bucks at Jazz (Milwaukee -1.5)
Milwaukee’s beaten Utah twice in their last ten meetings, but Rudy Gobert, Dante Exum and Joe Johnson are all out with injuries, while Giannis Antetokounmpo will likely return from a sore knee. This will be enough for Milwaukee to walk all over the Jazz, who simply don’t have the personnel to defend against Giannis and Eric Bledsoe. Expect the Bucks to beat the spread with ease.
Thunder at Mavericks (Oklahoma City -6.0)
Oklahoma City played their finest game of the season against the Golden State Warriors, blowing out the NBA Champs by a 17-point margin. They followed up with a nonsensical, one-point loss to the Pistons, mostly because Paul George and Carmelo Anthony still need to learn how to play as a cohesive unit, instead of supplemental superstars. The Mavericks already lost to the Thunder by 13 a couple of weeks ago, and there’s no reason for OKC to win by less than six points tonight.
Pelicans at Warriors (New Orleans +11.5)
Coach Steve Kerr will be investing more time in protecting his best players this year, openly admitting regret for allowing Kevin Durant to play against the Thunder. Durant will miss this game while Draymond Green might see limited minutes, opening a window of opportunity for the Pelicans to keep this game close. New Orleans has beaten the Warriors once in their last 19 regular season games, which makes a straight up win unlikely for the Pelicans. Covering a double-digit spread against a Durant-less Golden State is a reasonable proposition.
Nutmeg Of The Night – High Risk/Reward
Atlanta Hawks Beat Toronto Raptors Straight Up (+200)
The Hawks have the same hectic schedule as the Raptors, but Toronto must travel to fulfill their duties while Atlanta stayed at home over the Thanksgiving holiday. This lessens the impact of playing three games in four days for the Hawks, while the Raps will undoubtedly experience far greater fatigue. C.J. Miles might not play because he’s expecting a new addition to his family, all of which adds up to make this game extremely tough for Toronto.
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