Four games today in the NBA and they all have their points for watching, but most are mismatches, with all the top teams playing at home. New Orleans and OKC seem to be the top consensus pick to watch with two playoff teams in the West I am seeing this as a four-five matchup if all things shake out right.
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NBA Betting Picks for Monday, November 29th:
New Orleans Hornets @ Oklahoma City Thunder – The Thunder have not beaten Chris Paul. They barely edged the Hornets last season with a score of 103-99, without the opposing point guard. I think last years version of OKC were better than the present. Durant and Westbrook however are getting better, but can they get their team to play on the same level? The Hornets possess a better road record than the Thunder does at home. The Hornets recently were scuffling with a few no name teams, but punched Portland leaving the Blazers with a 19 point loss at home. OKC lost to Houston lastly in a game that was their last home win, which came against the Minnesota Timberwolves. These teams should finish right next to each other as they come down to earth a bit in the West.
Milwaukee Bucks @ Utah Jazz – Deron Williams and the Jazz are playing real well and the trend shouldn’t be stopped by the likes of the shorthanded Bucks. Milwaukee won their last game, but the Bobcats best player in Stephen Jackson was tossed in the first quarter with more than seven minutes left, after a botched foul call. I know this to be true; they would have gone on to lose that one. Utah has won five straight and eight of ten. They have beaten New Orleans and the L.A. Lakers in consecutive home games. They are finding themselves and the tandem of Al and Sap in the middle is uber efficient. Gooden and Andrew Bogut are day to day for MIL and Delfino is still out. This team is struggling to score against even bad teams, fighting hard to hit the eighty point mark nightly.
Houston Rockets @ Dallas Mavericks – Is this a spot for a let down? I am hoping not as the Mavs are playing steady offense and heady defense. Houston offensively struggles at times and at others are playing old man ball with Luis Scola inside and a crooked shooter outside in Kevin Martin. Houston is giving up almost 107 ppg and that is an alarming number. Their success should be in their defense and is the main reason they see themselves at 5-11. Dallas has a tendency to play down to its opponents and let them in late and in requiring a big shot from the Jet or Dirk. Leaving them open to not cover big spreads and was a reason I think you should buy it down. Dallas usually will win, but by how much, as this Rockets team is not going to give an inch until the whistle and the 48 minutes are up.
With Miami getting respect still somehow, I am staying away from the big spread as the youngsters for the Wiz coming into Miami will want to have a good showing.