New York Knicks @ Philadelphia 76ers: The New York Knicks go on the road to visit the Philadelphia 76ers, this will be a blowout! Although Simmons is now struggling with an injury, the 76ers are also now missing Embiid to a shoulder injury who earlier this week for a career high scoring and will continue to lead this team. the 76ers have won 4 of last 5 game with the one loss coming to the league leading Bucks. The 76ers are also one of the strongest teams at home in Philly and bringing the Knicks into town does not fear them with a 9-20 road record. The 76ers are averaging 4.1 more PPG and 5.3 PA less than New York. The Knicks are also 1-4 in last 5 with the only win coming over the struggling Pistons.
The Bet: With Philly at home with a 27-2 Home Record, even without Ben Simmons or Embiid, I love this match-up as the 76ers just lost to Cleveland and will be pushing for a comeback win and the Knicks are the right team to target for that. I like the 76ers Moneyline and perhaps the spread of it is low because of the Philly injuries.
Portland Trail Blazers @ Indiana Pacers: Portland will be making the trip to Indiana on Thursday as the face off with the surprising 34-24 Pacers. The Trail Blazers have been quite under whelming this year after playing very well last year. They currently sit at a 26-33 record but are only 10-20 on the road. Dame has been a show stopper as always but the lost of Kanter and CJ not performing like last year. Portland has put up an average of 113.2 PPG which isnt surprising with their ability to score but the problem seems to be on defense averaging 115.3 PA this year and it is killing them. The Pacers on the other hand are a under the radar team that have been all around great this year. Averaging a lower 109.3 PPG, but only having 107.3 PA. The Blazers are 1-4 in last 5 with the only win coming over the Pistons. The Pacers are 3-2 in last 5 but have played tougher teams than Portland.
The Bet: I will be taking the Pacers Moneyline in this match-up but would be interested in taking the Under depending on where the O/U falls.
LA Lakers @ Golden State Warriors: The Golden State Warriors started the season very poorly missing the Splash Brothers, but things have worked out more and more in their favor since them. The other headliner is the coming return of Steph Curry this weekend but until then I will not take the hype into consideration until we find out how much he will play once he is back. The Lakers have been a force this year and have everything to play for. The Lakers have been very good on the road at 23-5 as the Warriors are only 7-22 at home. The PPG difference is also largely in favor of the Lakers at 114.8 to 106 PPG for Golden State. Also the Warriors are allowing a large 115.1 PPG which with the Lakers offense is going to be a blowout.
The Bet: I will be taking the Lakers Moneyline and most likely the Over for Value as the Warriors wont be able to stop Lebron and the Lakers offense.
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