On Thursday the underdogs went 3-0 against the spread and 2-1 straight up, with the Pacers and Raptors both winning on the road as underdogs. Kyle Lowry saved the cover for the Heat, as he contested a missed dunk attempt by Terance Mann with time expiring. Nonetheless, the Clippers played with grit and came back from 15 points down in the first quarter to win the game by 3 points. The NBA kicks off this weekend with a massive slate consisting of 11 games. Below are some of the bets to make tonight and overall NBA betting tips for Friday, Nov. 12.
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Pistons vs. Cavaliers
The Cavaliers had a heart breaking loss to the Wizards Wednesday, as Kyle Kuzma hit a go-ahead three pointer with 12 seconds left. Cleveland led by 6 points heading into the fourth quarter, but their offense could not produce in the fourth quarter, scoring a measly 20 points. Cleveland had to adjust their rotation without Collin Sexton, Lauri Markkanen and Kevin Love. The Cavs will look to Darius Garland and Ricky Rubio to lead the pack on offense while the team works to get healthy again. Despite their loss to Washington, Cleveland is 7-5 and looking to bounce back on their home court against the 2-8 Pistons.
The Pistons were able pull off a win in their last game against the Rockets behind a 35-point performance from Jerami Grant. One key note from the game is that Kelly Olynyk left the game in the fourth quarter with an MCL Sprain and is expected to miss extended time. Olynyk was an important piece to a young roster, leading the team in player efficiency rating. Olynyk is contributing 12.5 points and 23 minutes per game off the bench. Detroit ranks last in points per game and will now need to replace the bench production that Olynyk was providing. One positive note for the Detroit offense is that Cade Cunningham continues to improve his performance as he continues to get adjusted during his rookie campaign.
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The Pistons only wins this season have come against the Magic and Rockets, who have a combined record 4-19. Detroit has a negative-10.3 average point difference and has lost by more than six points in each of their eight losses. Cleveland has won four of the last five in the series matchup and is the top team in the league against the spread with a 9-3 record, 3-1 at home. In the last four games Cleveland has an offensive rating of 114.1, third in the league.
Cleveland won two of three in their series matchup last season, with both wins coming by more than 6 points. Cleveland is missing some key players, but they still have a better roster overall. Cleveland has shown they can take down quality competition, while the Pistons have yet to prove they can beat a team above .500. Take Cleveland and the lay the points at home on Friday Night.
Best Bet for Tonight’s Game is Spread: Cleveland Cavaliers -4.5
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Knicks vs. Hornets
The Hornets ended a five-game losing streak on Wednesday after pulling off an 8-point victory against the Memphis Grizzlies to close out their five game road trip. Charlotte improves their record to 6-7 on the year, 3rd in the Southeast division behind Miami and Washington. Charlotte is back at home on Friday where they will take on the 7-5 Knicks.
The Knicks come into tonight playing their fourth game in six nights. Fortunately, their starters got some rest in the fourth quarter against the Bucks, after head coach Tom Thibodeau decided to bring in Derrick Rose and company off the bench to try and provide a fourth quarter spark. New York will go up against the Hornets on the road before heading back to Madison Square Garden for a three-game homestand against the Pacers, Magic and Rockets.
New York’s biggest surprise to start the season is their defense production. New York was a top-five defense last season, but it has slipped to 26th to start this year. The Knicks seem to be turning the defense around slowly, holding the Bucks and 76ers under 100 points in their last two wins on the road. Julius Randle leads the team in points with 21.9 and rebounds with 10.5. Expect the Knicks starters to come out focused after their fourth quarter benching and bounce back against a Hornets team that is allowing the most points per game in the NBA.
The Knicks are 3-1 against the spread after a loss and 4-2 against the spread on the road. Charlotte is 1-5 against the spread in their last six games. The Knicks hold the top road record in the East, starting off the season 5-1. While the Hornets started the season off hot, they have come back to earth, losing seven of their last 10 games. Look for the Knicks to get back in the win column and cover their matchup tonight against the Hornets.
Best Bet for Tonight’s Game is Spread: New York Knicks -1.5
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