NBA Free Picks 18/11

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10 games today, and a few mismatches that should get us some pretty good results. From now on we are keeping track of wins and losses, so that we (and you) get a good gauge of where we are headed. Which is either to the pub this weekend, or to do some laundry and sweep the driveway.

Houston and Portland shape off in what is an intriguing match up, not just because they are both looking for a win (Houston’s lost the last 4, Portland the last 6), but because Dwight Howard has turned in one of the worst performances of his career against the Celtics. A 2/4 field goal effort which has me regretting my fantasy selections this year.

But let’s have a look at the rest of the predictions below…

 

$$$$$$  Today’s BEST BETS $$$$$

MULTI BET OF THE DAY!

Charlotte WIN @$1.33 WIN

Orlando WIN @$1.38 WIN

Sacramento +3.5 @$1.91. LOSS

Denver +13.5 @$1.91.WIN

$5.00 on for : $39.78 return

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2 9 1-3 1-6
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5 6 3-1 2-5
RK TEAM OWN OPP DIFF
28 Brooklyn 94.7 103.6 -8.9
13 Charlotte 101.4 99.2 +2.2

The Best Bet : Charlotte WIN @$1.33. The Nets have won 2 of the last 10 and each win has averaged out to 10+ points. Jarrett Jack has been sold with 21.0 points and 9.7 assists per game, but it won’t be enough to beat the Hornets who are loving playing at home. RESULT : WIN

Minnesota at Orlando

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5 6 0-5 5-1
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5 6 3-2 2-4
RK TEAM OWN OPP DIFF
18 Minnesota 103.1 104.5 -1.4
19 Orlando 100.9 101.2 -0.3

The Best Bet : Orlando WIN @$1.38. Minnesota have lost 13 straight at home, but seem to love the road with a record of 5-1. Victor Oladipo should be returning for the Magic, and with Nikola Vucevic and Tobias Harris in solid form it should be enough. RESULT : WIN

Feeling Lucky : Orlando 1-10 @$2.37. With a Minnesota team that love the road it will be close. RESULT : WIN

Indiana at Philadelphia

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6 5 4-2 2-3
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0 11 0-6 0-5
RK TEAM OWN OPP DIFF
16 Indiana 96.4 96.1 0.3
30 Philadelphia 90.6 103.5 -12.9

The Best Bet : Indiana WIN @$1.34. Good enough odds for us against the last winless team. Even with their second leading scorer in George Hill (14.0 ppg) out, Paul George is in good enough form to get them over the line. RESULT : WIN

Feeling Lucky : Philadelphia +7 @$1.91. The 76ers have limited opponents to 39.5 on shooting in their last 3 games, and coming up against an Indiana team with limited firepower, this could be close. RESULT : LOSS

Dallas at Boston

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7 4 3-2 4-2
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6 4 3-3 3-1
RK TEAM OWN OPP DIFF
12 Dallas 100.8 99.5 +1.3
3 Boston 102.5 95.9 +6.6

The Best Bet : Boston WIN @$1.49. Both teams are coming into the game in good form. Boston is dominating opponents, while Dallas is getting over the line as old pro’s do. Rajon Rondo returns to where it began in triple double form.RESULT : LOSS

Feeling Lucky : Dallas +5 @$1.91. The Mavs are rolling along as they always do, and this is a good feeling lucky bet. RESULT : WIN

Sacramento at Atlanta

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4 7 4-5 0-2
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8 5 4-3 4-2
RK TEAM OWN OPP DIFF
23 Sacramento 103.8 107.9 -4.1
10 Atlanta 102.8 100.3 +2.5

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The Best Bet : Sacramento +3.5 @$1.91. We will go with the form team (although they have lost
the last 15 in the H2H). Demarcus Cousins is averaging 36.3 ppg on 51.4 % shooting,  including 9/15 from 3-point range during the 3 game streak. Darren Collison will return from a hamstring injury. RESULT : LOSS

Feeling Lucky : First Basket – Boogie Cousins @$5.35. Because he’s a monster right now. 

Portland at Houston

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4 8 2-3 2-5
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4 7 2-5 2-2
RK TEAM OWN OPP DIFF
21 Portland 100.4 102.9 -2.5
27 Houston 100.8 108.5 -7.7

The Best Bet : Houston WIN @$1.35 “We can’t hang our heads, we gotta keep fighting,” said Dwight Howard after a listless 5 point effort, from 2 shots. “At times, I wouldn’t say full effort all the time, no,” said coach Kevin McHale. The Rockets are soft, and out of sorts, but will avoid the boos in Houston with a narrow win. RESULT : WIN

Feeling Lucky : Portland +7 @$1.91. The Rockets are as emotionally out of sorts as they are physically. It should be close.  RESULT : WIN