The NBA season rolls on and we go straight in early on this time with a pick in order to try and take advantage of some poor lines early on.
LA Clippers -2.5 to beat DEN Nuggets @ 1.76 (Bet365) – 3 points
The LA Clippers have an outstanding team built by Doc Rivers has built up this team with one of the deepest benches. Clippers are extremely efficient offensively, looking for more opportunity on high percentage looks which has seen them lead the NBA highest field goal percentage at 48%. The Clippers are strong being no.4 in the number of points scored at 107 points. It’s no surprise when you have quality players like Jordan, Griffin, Barnes, Paul and Redick in your starting lineup followed by Crawford, Hawes, Davis, Farmar to help.
The Nuggets are struggling and even home court isn’t helping them much so far this campaign as they have lost quite a few games to good teams. Lots of injuries they have to contend with as McGee, Robinson and Gallinari are missing; who were their scoring bunch of the bench. Additionally some of their better players like Faried and Chandler have really struggled. The Nuggets are the 3rd leakiest team in the NBA conceding 105 points per game showcasing it will be a struggle against a Clippers team who score far more than that.
The Clippers are playing well recently and have now built a 2 game winning streak after 2 upset losses, to go 8-2 in their last 10 games. Clippers biggest improvement this season has come defensively where they are holding teams down to under 100 points per game and keeping their scoring under 45%. Just like the Rockets last time around whom they held a winning record against winning 4 straight at home, this Nuggets team is really poor and I expect another loss coming for this poor Denver team and eventually they should have some sense to sack Brian Shaw who has really not cut out so far this campaign.
TOR Raptors -5.5 to beat DET Pistons @ 1.67 (Bet365) – 2.5 points
The Detroit Pistons for my eyes are the worst team in the NBA. Not for the fact they have the worst record, but they are playing the worst and have spent a lot of money establishing that bunch of players. Coach Stan van Gundy also stated in a press conference previously that the team were playing rubbish and not hard enough. Their offense is too one dimensional, going for scoring from the inside, while firing shots from the outside (with no genuine) outside shot takers. Detroit is the worst shooting in the NBA at 41%, and that clearly re-iterates their struggles. They have lost They have lost 12 out of their 15 games by a margin of 7 or more in those game including a smashing loss by 11 points to Dallas.
The Toronto Raptors despite having DeRozan out, have stepped up their performances and have recently beaten 4 conference rivals in New York, Indiana, Brooklyn and Orlando with all of them by 5 points or more. While their opponents are scoring, they are holding them down under 99 points. With DeRozan off, Vasquez, Williams, Ross and Fields have stepped up their scoring in order to help Lowry, Valancuinas and Johnson up front.
The Raptors have smashed the Pistons in 3 straight games by 9 points or more, including beating the Pistons at the Palace by 9 points in their last meeting towards the end of last season; and you can expect a motivated Raptors team to continue with a similar level of performance tonight.