Thursday, November 11.

LOS ANGELES LAKERS VS MIAMI HEAT
Miami Heat (-3.5) $1.90

The Los Angeles Lakers are set to play their ninth home game of the season when the Heat come to town, though this will be the first time they start as underdogs.

The Lakers are 6-5 on the season, despite being handed a favourable schedule, the title favourites have struggled to keep LeBron on the court while integrating Westbrooke has proven to be something of a nightmare.

Alternatively, the Heat have gotten away to a 7-3 start, the addition of Lowry only emphasizing their team-centric ethos of HEAT Culture.

The Lakers have failed to cover the line in 8 of their 11 games this season, while they are 0-4 against the spread following a victory!

Meanwhile, the Heat are 7-3 ATS and are 2-0 following a loss.

LA will still be without LeBron here, and although Melo’s shooting brilliance has covered up a few cracks in the Laker’s DNA, I can’t see them going four quarters against one of, if not the nastiest sides in the league!

I’m taking the Heat at the line here.

GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS VS MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES
Warriors (-7.5) $1.98

League leaders Golden State are out to extend their winning streak to six games when they welcome a struggling Minnesota side to the Chase Centre.

Following a fast start to the season the Timberwolves have hit a wall, losing five games straight including an embarrassing 18-point defeat to Orlando!

The Warriors are currently ranked 1st in offence and 2nd in defence this season and are the only side with a double-figure positive point differential (+13.7)!

Alternatively, the Timberwolves are ranked 23rd in offence and 18th in defence, with a point differential of -4.1.

Minnesota has failed to cover the line in each of their last five matches, while the Dubs hold a 7-2 record against the spread this season.

The Warriors may have been gifted an easy schedule to kick off their campaign, but they can only beat the sides in front of them and they should continue to do so with relative ease here.