NBA Odds & Dogs – Steph Curry vs Altitude Sickness
NBA Picks: Will Warriors Breathe Easy Against Nuggets?
Mountain madness claims all who don’t prepare for its effects, including the most experienced climbers. The Warriors spend most of their time close to zero elevation around San Francisco Bay, which makes their annual, 5,280-foot trek up to Denver an unpleasant experience. On paper, the Dubs should destroy the Nugs regardless of thin air, but Golden State has been taking it easy to start the year.
The Minnesota Timberwolves reversed an early slide with a clutch win over the Oklahoma City Thunder, which included an insane Wiggins buzzer beater made possible by a moving KAT screen. Minnesota has the talent and raw athleticism to become the main challengers to the Warriors reign.
NBA Odds Courtesy of Sports Interaction
- Sacramento Kings at Detroit Pistons – Pistons Beat -9 Spread
- Dallas Mavericks at Minnesota Timberwolves – Minnesota Beat -13 Spread
- New Orleans Pelicans at Chicago Bulls – Bulls Beat +6 Spread
- Golden State Warriors at Denver Nuggets – Nuggets Beat +9 Spread
NBA Spreads: Dimes On The Line
Kings at Pistons (Detroit –9)
Stan Van Gundy’s vision for Detroit basketball might be working out after all, as the Pistons start the season with a 6-3 record, one game behind the Celtics for top spot in the eastern conference. Drummond suddenly started to hit free throws, Avery Bradley’s playing the same ball he was in Boston and Reggie Jackson appears more composed than ever. The Kings are 3-7 over their last ten in Detroit, and feature the second-worst offense in the NBA. The Pistons will drive Sacramento off the court before the third quarter ends.
Mavericks at Timberwolves (Minnesota -13)
Poor Disco Dirk remained loyal to the Mavericks instead of chasing another ring. Owner Mark Cuban awarded Nowitzki’s faith by allowing his squad to plunge to the bottom of the western conference. Minnesota lucked out to create a rotation that includes Karl-Anthony Towns, Andrew Wiggins and Jimmy Butler, who appear ready to challenge the west’s elite. Four of seven Dallas losses have featured a margin larger than 13, making this the prime candidate for blowout of the night.
Pelicans at Bulls (Chicago +6)
Lauri Markkanen looks meaner and leaner compared to his tenure with the Arizona Wildcats, on pace to challenge Ben Simmons for rookie of the year. Markkanen and fellow Bulls big man Robin Lopez matchup well with the Pelicans all-star duo of Anthony Davis and Boogie Cousins. New Orleans has lost six straight against Chicago dating back to 2014, and play the second of a road back-to-back in the Windy City. Fatigue and a surprisingly decent Bulls lineup will challenge the Pelicans until the final whistle.
Warriors at Nuggets (Denver +9)
Look for Golden State to clutch the bottom of their shorts in the first quarter. Denver has one of the best, natural home advantages in all of sport because of the city’s mile-high altitude, requiring weeks for athletes to fully adjust to reduced oxygen and air pressure. The Warriors are 1-3 during their last four games in Denver, and Nikola Jokic presents a unique matchup for Green and Durant. Golden State has the advantage because the Nuggets are on the dog end of a back-to-back, but the Nuggets won’t allow a blow out in Colorado.
Nutmeg Of The Night – High Risk/Reward
Bulls Beat Pelicans Straight Up (+190)
A one-two punch like Anthony Davis and Boogie Cousins should terrorize the NBA. Unfortunately, the Pelicans front office handcuffed themselves with a series of short sighted moves after drafting Davis. This sapped depth at guard and small forward positions, reducing the bench to rubble. When Cousins or Davis rest on the bench, New Orleans quickly transforms into an awful squad. While sharing the court, Boogie and Anthony form one of the deadliest offensive duos in the league.
Tonight’s game against the Bulls will be their third in four nights, and second in two days, which suggests that the Pelicans won’t have the energy to play at top form. Insiders in the association refer to this as a “scheduled loss”. Coincidentally, the Bulls best duo also happen to be their bigs. If Markkanen continues to play well and Lopez performs with his usual intensity, New Orleans will have a tough time winning at the United Center.
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