Top NBA Betting Matchups and Picks for Opening Week

Posted by Derrick Harper on October 16, 2018 in

After an exciting off-season, the NBA Betting action opens up on Tuesday night. Opening week has its fair share of marquee games. Let’s take a look at some of the top matchups and be sure to check the latest odds before placing your ticket.

Top NBA Betting Matchups and Picks for Opening Week

Philadelphia @ Boston 10/16

The Eastern Conference favorites, the Boston Celtics, host the up-and-coming Philadelphia 76ers. Let by Ben Simmons, and Joel Embiid, the Sixers are looking to take the next step in the “Process”. This will be the first time since the opening minutes of the 2017-18 season that Brad Stevens will have his full squad together. I’m going to “Trust the Process” to lose to the Celtics in this one. Bet on the home Celtics over the 76ers.

Oklahoma City @ Golden State 10/16

It will be “Banner Raising Night” in Oakland, as the Warriors play their final season at the Oracle Arena. Paul George would love nothing more than to play spoiler and ruin the evening for the Warriors. After the Rockets came in and spoiled “Banner Night” last season, the Warriors won’t let it happen for the 2nd year in a row. Bet on the Warriors to be more prepared for the opener this season. Golden State defeats the Thunder in this one.

Los Angeles Lakers @ Portland 10/18

LeBron James will be making his debut in the Purple and Gold. The Portland crowd, one of the most passionate fan bases in the NBA, will be fired up. With Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, the Blazers have one of the best backcourts in the league. Even though all of the hype will be surrounding the Lakers, the Blazers will be the better team on this night. LeBron scores the points; Portland gets the last laugh on Thursday.

Boston Celtics @ Toronto Raptors 10/19

The new-look Raptors will host the Eastern Conference favorites. Kawhi Leonard, Kyle Lowry, and company will look to prove to everyone that the Raptors will challenge the Celtics for Eastern Conference supremacy.

The Celtics look like a really good NBA Betting pick for opening week.

Kawhi Leonard is in the building and the Raptors are ready for a big season in Canada. The “We the North” movement will help lead the Raptors to victory.

Houston Rockets @ LA Lakers 10/20

All of the stars will be out at the Staples Center, as LeBron James makes his home debut. The Lakers will welcome the Houston Rockets. James Harden and company will come in with a chip on their shoulder. The Rockets would love nothing more than to ruin the home debut of “The King”. The Lakers are improved, but they’re still not in the upper echelon of the Western Conference. Houston wins a close battle.

It should be a great week of NBA action. Enjoy the games and best of luck with all your NBA Betting!