NBA Sports Betting 11-17-16 Free Picks
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Portland Trail Blazers at Houston Rockets -4 Total: 221
The Trail Blazers will travel to Toyota Center to take on the Houston Rockets on Thursday Night. They’re coming off a bad loss at Chicago on Tuesday, where they never they never made the game competitive. After the 113-88 defeat, Portland’s record sits at 7-5. They still one of the most competitive teams in what has become a top-heavy Western Conference. If the playoffs began today, they would be the 4th seed in the postseason.
The Houston Rockets are coming off a tough defeat at the Thunder last night, losing narrowly 103-105. Guard James Harden, who is in the early discussion for league MVP, had an off-night shooting, scoring just 13 points on 4-16 from the field. They’re currently just below Portland in the West standings, with a 6-5 record.
The Rockets opened at -3.5 favorites overnight, but those odds moved to -4 in the early morning. About 60 percent of wagers have been placed on Houston so far. The total has also moved slightly upward after opening at 220 and now sits at 221.
Even though they’re coming off a game last night, this is a spot the Rockets should dominate. The Blazers haven’t faced much tough competition on their schedule so far and when they have faced teams with a .500 record or better they’ve lost most of the time. The only team they have beaten that has a better than .500 record was a then shorthanded Jazz team on the first night of the season.
Bet the home squad with confidence.
Pick: Rockets -4
This game will be broadcasted live nationally on TNT. How often do the Sixers get to see primetime? It’s mostly likely due to their standout center, Joel Embiid, who is finally healthy and dominating, to say the least. “The Process” is still on a minutes’ limit, but his potential is unlimited, and he may be the next generational talent in the league.
Despite Embiid’s talent, however, it’s much of the same for the 76ers. Lots of losing. Philadelphia improved record to 2-9, on the season after beating the Wizards last night in the City of Brotherly Love by a score of 109-102.
For Minnesota, it’s been a rough start to the year as well. They’re currently buried in a strong Western Conference with a 3-7 record after losing 115-108 to Charlotte Hornets on Tuesday.
Betting action on this game has been mostly even on both sides. Since opening at Wolves -10, the odds have shifted to -11.5. The total has dropped considerably since opening at 214, to 211 at sportsbooks across the board.
I’ve always said that if the Timberwolves were in the Eastern Conference, they would have been a playoff team for the past year or two. I think that rings true once again this season. With the Sixers coming off a game last night – this is an excellent spot for a statement game from the Wolves.
Minnesota has beaten inferior teams at home by double-digits this season, including the Lakers and Grizzlies. They should dominate this one from start to finish against a tired Sixers’ team with help from their home crowd.
Pick: Timberwolves -11.5