Thursday November 8, 2018

Another huge day of NBA action awaits us this Thursday with 10 games on the slate. Ben Simmons and the Sixers travel to Indiana in the first game of the ESPN double-header, followed by LeBron and the Lakers playing host to the Timberwolves. The Raptors and Nuggets also hit the road to put their Conferenceleading records on the line. With so much value on the board, let’s take a look at our 3 best bets of the day and the returning daily multi.

Orlando Magic vs Detroit Pistons (11am AEDT)
Pistons at the Line (-1.5)

Orlando Magic 

The Magic enter this one at 4-6 after Evan ‘Don’t Google Me’ Fournier drilled a big 3 to win the game against Cleveland on Tuesday. Power Forward Aaron Gordon led the way in this one with an impressive 23 points and 9 rebounds, whilst Center Nikola Vucevic added a double-double. Reserve Shooting Guard Terrence Ross also added a much-needed 15 points off the bench. Fresh off of 2 consecutive wins, the Magic have very chance of nabbing their third in a row here against an inconsistent Detroit side.  

Detroit Pistons 

After 4 wins to open the season, the Pistons travel to Orlando off the back of 5 straight defeats. Power Forward Blake Griffin continues to put up gaudy stats to start the season, currently averaging 28 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists. He is capably supported by Center Andre Drummond, who’s averaging 18 points and 16 boards of his own. A major problem for Detroit in this losing streak has been a lack of bench production, with only Shooting Guard Langston Galloway enjoying any offensive success. 

Prediction: Pistons -1.5 

Whilst both of these teams are inconsistent to say the least, I feel as though the Pistons have a huge advantage in the frontcourt here. Griffin and Drummond should beast on a Nikola Vucevic led Magic frontcourt and I think this will ultimately be the difference here. 

Indiana Pacers vs Philadelphia 76ers (12pm AEDT)
Pacers at the Line (-2.5)

Indiana Pacers 

After a big win against Boston on Sunday, the Pacers rebounded with a home loss to the Houston Rockets on Tuesday. Shooting Guard Victor Oladipo has continued to lead the way for this upstart side, enjoying averages of 23 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. He has been capably supported by a versatile and well-rounded starting five that features Darren Collison, Thaddeus Young, Bojan Bogdanovic and Myles Turner. Reserve big man Domantas Sabonis also had a good game against Houston, dropping 17 points, 8 boards and 5 assists. 

Philadelphia 76ers 

The 6-5 76ers enter this one with a dismal 0-5 road record after a thumping at the hands of the Nets on Monday. Center Joel Embiid has led the way this season, putting up impressive averages of 28 points, 12 rebounds and 2 blocks per game. Aussie Ben Simmons is also enjoying some solid averages to start the campaign, putting up 14 points, 9 boards and 7.5 assists per contest. Whilst J.J. Redick and Bobby Covington are quality support players, the Sixers are really lacking that third star going forward. If a Kawhi Leonard trade was on the table, you have to think they’ve missed a trick.  

Prediction: Pacers -2.5 

Whilst these are two evenly matched sides, the Sixers abysmal 0-5 road record makes me side with the Pacers in this one. They have a very deep roster that should give the Sixers poor bench some trouble. This will ultimately be a close one, but Indiana should pull away late. 

Memphis Grizzlies vs Denver Nuggets (12pm AEDT)
Nuggets at the Line (-3.5)

Memphis Grizzlies 

The 5-4 Grizzlies enter this one off back-to-back losses to the Suns and Golden State Warriors. Center Marc Gasol has continued to prove that he is one of the best in the NBA, falling just shy of a triple double against Golden State. He is capably supported by veteran Point Guard Mike Conley, who’s currently averaging 18 points and 6 assists, on admittedly poor shooting. An explosive backup backcourt featuring Shelvin Mack and Dillon Brooks helps anchor a second unit that has struggled in recent years. With the upstart Denver Nuggets coming to town, getting a win here won’t be easy for the Grizz. 

Denver Nuggets 

The 9-1 Nuggets travel to Memphis off 5 straight wins and as the #1 seed in the Western Conference. Home wins over the Golden State Warriors and over the Boston Celtics last time out have been two major highlights. Point Guard Jamal Murray was the key in this one, dropping a career-high 48 points, to go along with 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Center Nikola Jokic continued his excellent start to the campaign, falling just 2 points and 2 assists short of a triple-double. Power Forward Paul Millsap and Shooting Guard Gary Harris are both fantastic two-way players that round out the starting five nicely.  

Prediction: Nuggets -3.5 

I’m not usually a fan of public plays, but I’m making another one here. The Nuggets have been one of the form teams in the NBA recently and this line represents immense value. The Grizzlies wins have come against the Suns, Hawks, Wizards and an injured Jazz team. I expect Denver’s firepower to prove too much here.  

Pelicans, Raptors, Jazz All to Win
Combined Odds of $1.76

Whilst there aren’t any odds available at the time of posting, this is another multi that I feel very confident in. Toronto has emerged as the premier team in the Eastern Conference and I expect them to make light work of the upstart Kings here. Similarly, the Bulls and Mavericks coming to town represent great opportunities for the Pelicans and Jazz respectively to get right after their poor recent form. The Lakers could also beef up this price if Jimmy Butler is confirmed as out.