Top NBA Betting Picks of the Week – November 12th Edition
On Thursday, the last year’s top two teams in the Western Conferences and NBA Betting favorites to win it all will meet in Houston, as the Rockets will host the Golden State Warriors. There are a lot of questions surrounding this matchup: Will Steph Curry’s groin injury allows him to play? Will Carmelo Anthony still be on the Rockets? What is wrong with the Rockets?
As of now, it doesn’t look like Curry will be ready. Even though he says that he’s feeling better, the Warriors won’t want to rush his return and risk doing further damage. It looks like Draymond Green will be returning to the floor on Monday, so that is encouraging news for the Warriors. Coming into the new week, the Rockets had a 5-7 record, which is 12th in the Western Conference. Houston has gone 1-7 against the West this season. For the Golden State Warriors, they continue to shine with their 11-2 record. The Warriors are the top scoring team in all of the league and NBA Betting favorites week after week.
Top NBA Betting Pick of the Week – November 12th Edition
— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) 11 de noviembre de 2018
Warriors led by Durant
Kevin Durant is Mr. Steady for the Warriors. Durant recorded a double-double in the most recent win over the Nets. He has to pick up the slack for the loss of both Curry and Draymond Green. On the season, Durant is scoring 29.5 points per game and making nearly 56% of his shots. Draymond Green is averaging 8 rebounds per game.
The Warriors two losses this season came on the road at the Denver Nuggets and at home to the Milwaukee Bucks. Golden State is coming off a five-game home-stand, where they won four of those games That came after the Bulls scored 149 in a win over the Bulls in Chicago.
Rockets Have Drama
To this point, the signing of Anthony hasn’t worked out well for the Rockets. He’s averaging a career-low 13.4 points per game. When he’s on the floor, the Rockets net rating is 8 points lower than when he’s not. Reports have surfaced stating that the Rockets plan on releasing Carmelo Anthony this week. Rockets GM Daryl Morey has stated that those reports are false, but Anthony hasn’t played in Houston’s last 2 games, and until he returns, the speculation will continue.
The Rockets have gotten off to a slow start this season. With their 4-7 record, they haven’t lived up to expectations. Injuries have plagued the Rockets. James Harden, Chris Paul, and Eric Gordon have all missed time due to injuries. Chris Paul has also struggled this year, as age is starting to catch up to him. The Rockets have also struggled on the defensive end.
Warriors Win Big
With all of the problems that the Rockets have had, and the Warriors coming into town at near full strength, look for the Golden State Warriors to leave the Toyota Center with a hard-fought, close victory. The Warriors should be a decent sized favorite in this game, and Chris Paul and James Harden do not have enough help around them to take down the Warriors. Despite the injuries, Golden State should win in the game of the Week in the National Basketball Association.