Top NBA Betting Picks of the Week – January 7th Edition

Posted by Derrick Harper on January 7, 2019 in

It should be a great week in the National Basketball Association. Take a look at some of our favorite games this week and be sure to check back for the latest NBA Betting Odds.

Top NBA Betting Picks of the Week – January 7th Edition

San Antonio Spurs at Detroit Pistons

When the San Antonio Spurs meet the Detroit Pistons on the road Monday night, that will be their 41st game of the season. And the halfway point of the season is a good time to take stock of what the season has been so far and where the Spurs (23-17) are heading. I think they are cruising for a playoff spot. The Pistons, well they aren’t doing as well. They have gone just 5 – 13 since December 1st.

Detroit had been struggling out the gate to match their opposition, but in their latest defeat, the Pistons held an 18 point lead only to let is squander in their eventual loss to the Utah Jazz. They seem to be redefining themselves in various ways to lose games. I think this one will be over before it really begins. I’ll take the Pistons to fall in front of their home fans with a score of 111 – 80.

Denver Nuggets at Houston Rockets

With Houston, it has become increasingly evident that this team can go as far as James Harden will let them. They have tied their immediate future, certainly that of this season, to their outstanding, reigning MVP. However, Harden has shown signs of fatigue as of late. For instance, in their last game against the Portland Trail Blazers, Harden missed 12 of 17 3-pointers, his 29.4 percent shooting from deep representing his lowest mark since he shot 2 of 8 at Utah on Dec. 6. He matched his season high of 35 shots, committed seven turnovers, and didn’t get rolling until the second half when he recorded 20 points in the third quarter.

The Rockets should be one of your NBA Betting picks of the week.

He’s currently without Chris Paul and Eric Gordon, which obviously would relieve some pressure placed on him, something I think the Rockets will need in order to fend off the Nuggets. I’ll predict Harden will score nearly 40 points in this contest, but still fall short as the team will not be able to match up with Nikola Jokic and the West-leading Nuggets. I expect a final score of 112 – 105.

Memphis Grizzlies at New Orleans Pelicans

In their last meeting, which came December 7th, these two teams came right down to the wire. The Grizzlies outscored them in the end by a final of 107 – 103. Jamychal Green has been a surprising leader for Memphis, averaging 24 points per game, while Mike Conley remains consistent and leads the team in assists. As for New Orleans, they have relied on Julius Randle and Jrue Holiday to this point in the season. Randle has finally looked like the player many thought he could become out of college. He now leads the team with 26 points per game and 13 assists.

The area that I truly feel the Pelicans have the upper hand is second chance buckets. They average just over 47 rebounds per game. For perspective, the Grizzlies average just under 40 per game. Those seven more chances to score or hold the opponent away from the ball can be a huge advantage. I’ll take them to capitalize on that with a victory here at home by a score of 108 – 100.

Enjoy the NBA Betting action!