Top NBA Betting Games of the Week (Oct 31 – Nov 6)

Posted by Peter Boysen on October 31, 2016 in

Now that the NBA season has gotten underway, some teams are showing that their strong 2015-16 seasons are likely to continue (hello, Cleveland and San Antonio). Other teams have tripped a bit coming out of the gate (the Warriors have already lost their first game, and the Raptors have already lost one of their chances to knock off Cleveland). Still others are showing that their off-season roster tinkering has not quite meshed well yet (Dallas, Miami, Brooklyn and some others). Let’s take a look at the best NBA online betting picks for you this week.

Top NBA Betting Games of the Week (Oct 31 – Nov 6)


Tuesday, November 1: Houston at Cleveland (7:00pm ET)

The Cleveland Cavaliers have picked right up where they left off, winning their first three games to start the season. That includes a 29-point whipping of a New York Knicks team that added free agents to build a contender, and a three-point win up in Toronto against a Raptors team that styles itself as the successor to the Cavs in Eastern Conference dominance. Then they held off a feisty Orlando team by six at home. The Rockets opened by coughing up a loss against the lowly Lakers on the season’s first night but then followed with a home-and-home sweep of Dallas. Every team that heads to Cleveland views it as a measuring stick game. Given how poorly Houston played defense last year, and given that they gave up 120 points in Los Angeles, I’d pick the Cavs in this game.

Tuesday, November 1: L.A. Lakers at Indiana (7:00pm ET)

The Pacers started out strong, dropping 130 points on the Mavericks in their season opener. However, they have given up 121, 103 and 118 points in their first three games, suggesting that they need to work on that defensive end of the court more than a little bit. The Lakers are also 1-2, following their Opening Night win over Houston with losses in Utah and Oklahoma City. I like the upside that youngsters DeAngelo Williams and Jordan Clarkson bring to this Laker roster, and I like them to surprise some teams that skimp on defense — including the Pacers. I like the Lakers to win this game.

Thursday, November 3: Oklahoma City at Golden State (10:30pm ET)

This will be one of the most exciting matchups of the early season, as the Oklahoma City Thunder will see one of their former stars, Kevin Durant, who signed with Golden State in the off-season. Russell Westbrook, the point guard who stayed behind in Oklahoma City, has put up 116 points, grabbed 37 boards and dished out 35 assists in his team’s first three games — all wins. No NBA player had ever scored 100 points, pulled down 30 boards and given 30 assists in the first three games of a season before, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Golden State took a 129-100 thrashing from San Antonio on their own home floor to open the season, before beating New Orleans and Phoenix to get to 2-1. I like the Thunder to ride their frustration to a victory at Golden State, which looks like they’re having some Finals hangover.