NBA Week Three Betting Tips
Despite this NBA season being less than a fortnight old, we’ve already seen 90 thrilling games and more than our fair share of surprises and upsets. Reigning champions Toronto Raptors are behind Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference, Golden State Warriors have lost five of their opening six games, and Phoenix Suns are sitting above Houston Rockets in the Western Conference. Ahead of the third week, 21.co.uk’s resident tipster attempts to bring some order to the early season chaos in his betting tips.
New Orleans Pelicans @ Brooklyn Nets, Tuesday 5th November, 00:30 GMT
Brooklyn Nets have been erratic, to say the least. A dominant win over Houston Rockets over the weekend seemingly put them back on the right track, but a narrow defeat at Detroit Pistons has left them rueing their costly errors in other games, including their two single-point overtime losses to Minnesota Timberwolves and Memphis Grizzlies. They’ll need to respond strongly as they welcome New Orleans Pelicans to the Barclays Center.
The Pelicans have scored over 100 points in each of their six games so far this campaign, but only have one win to their name, a 122-107 over Denver Nuggets at Smoothie King Center last Friday. At 21.co.uk, we’ve predicted the Pelicans to struggle, and it seems like our pre-season preview may well have been accurate in saying that they’ll miss out on the playoffs. We’re backing the Nets to win this one and cover the spread.
LA Lakers @ Chicago Bulls, Wednesday 6th November, 1:00 GMT
Chicago Bulls have lost five of their seven games so far, although they’ve only actually played two at the United Center, where they boast one win (112-106 against Detroit Pistons) and one defeat (84-108 against Toronto Raptors). Based on current form, this is hardly the easiest opposition they could have come against to try and steer their season back on course, with the Lakers’ average points scored almost exactly the same as Bulls’ points conceded.
LA Lakers are loving their season so far, boasting five wins from six, with their only loss coming against LA Clippers on the opening night. They’ll be looking at this contest thinking it’s an easy chance to take their win percentage north of 85%. With LeBron James and Anthony Davis in superb form, it’s hard to suggest this will be anything other than a Lakers rout, particularly if the Bulls lose to Indiana Pacers as they’ll be low on morale.
Houston Rockets @ Golden State Warriors, Thursday 7th November, 00:30 GMT
Disappointing, underwhelming, and concerning are three ways to describe Golden State Warriors’ season so far. Only one win from six games at this point, at New Orleans Pelicans, and the fact that star man Stephen Curry has had to undergo hand surgery means the Warriors are in dire straits. There’s more potential disappointment on the horizon as they take on Portland Trail Blazers before they even welcome the Rockets to Oakland Arena.
You feel Houston Rockets are on the lookout for a big scalp in order to live up to their pre-season hype of being challengers for the NBA crown. They’ve just about managed 100 points or more in each of their six games so far, but their 29 point loss at Miami Heat has left them with just a 3-3 record so far. We fancy them to win here though, particularly if they can pick up momentum with a big win at Memphis Grizzlies prior to this meeting. The spread is large, but we think the Rockets can do it.
Boston Celtics @ Charlotte Hornets, Friday 8th November, 1:00 GMT
Charlotte Hornets have a 3-3 record, although two of those wins have come in their past two games, both on the road at Sacramento Kings and Golden State Warriors. Before they welcome Boston Celtics to Spectrum Center, they’ll have also taken on Indiana Pacers, with both sides looking to improve their 50% win records. Even if they can get the win in that matchup, it might be a little ambitious for them to be viewing this as a victory.
Boston Celtics have a couple of impressive wins from their opening five, having seen off both Toronto Raptors and Milwaukee Bucks at TD Garden. Elsewhere, they have two wins over New York Knicks but have lost on the road to Philadelphia 76ers. The Celtics should win at Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday morning, but they’ll have to be at their creative best to avoid slip-ups at the Hornets and the Spurs this week. We're anticipating a tight contest here, with the scoring on the low side.
Philadelphia 76ers @ Denver Nuggets, Saturday 9th November, 2:00 GMT
Denver Nuggets have a little bit of work to do if they’re to unsettle the likes of LA Lakers, Minnesota Timberwolves, and LA Clippers above them in the Western Conference. This game will be their second of the week at the Pepsi Center, with Miami Heat also rocking up, and they’ll need to be at their best in order to take a step in the right direction towards cementing their playoff place.
Philadelphia 76ers have a 100% record at the time of writing, and at 21.co.uk we have a vested interest in their fortunes, given that we tipped them to win the Championship in our NBA season preview. Following a narrow single-point win at Portland Trail Blazers, the 76ers travel to Phoenix Suns and Utah Jazz before their fourth consecutive game on the road in this contest. Either of those games could be a narrow defeat, but this clash at the Nuggets represents the biggest banana skin in our eyes. Still, we’ll back the 76ers.
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