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Sean B’s Best NBA Bets Today: Picks & Predictions for 11/5/2021

Sean Blazek

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It was a wild finish to end the night in the NBA yesterday with Oklahoma City Thunder defeating the Los Angeles Lakers 107-104 after trailing by as much as 19. This is the second time this season that Oklahoma City has beaten the Lakers after trailing by double digits. Now it is time to jump over to tonight’s lineup where the weekend kicks off with nine games.

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Pelicans vs. Warriors

These are two teams that have had opposite starts to the season. The Pelicans have started the year without Zion Williamson and have a record of 1-8. Meanwhile, Brandon Ingram is dealing with a hip injury that has forced him to miss the last three games. His status is questionable, but whether Ingram suits up or not, the Pelicans are in for a tough test on the road against a Warriors team that is ranked No. 1 in defensive rating (97.8). Golden State should have a field day against a New Orleans defense that has allowed the sixth-most 3-pointers this season.

Golden State  has back-to-back 20-point victories against the Hornets and Thunder. The Warriors are seeing some great production out of Jordan Poole, who is averaging 16.4 points on the season. The excitement will be real when Klay Thompson and James Wiseman are back healthy and in the lineup, but in the meantime look for Golden State to continue to excel on the defense end of the floor.

Golden State is 2-1 against the spread in the first half at home this season, with an average margin of 6.67 points. They led by double digits at half in two of their three matchups last season. Look for Golden State to take the lead early and come home victorious against the struggling Pelicans.

Best Bet for Tonight’s Game is Spread: Golden State First Half -5.5

Best odds are available on BetMGM found through OddsShopper.


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Spurs vs. Magic

The Magic put up a whopping 79 points against Boston on Wednesday, pushing their record to 2-7. They will take on the Spurs on Friday, who have had struggles of their own, coming off a tough 109-108 loss to the Mavericks on Wednesday. It has been a rocky start for the Spurs (2-6 record), but one positive is their bench is producing the third-most points this season. San Antonio was hit with some untimely news on Wednesday, with Jakob Poeltl having to enter the NBA’s health and safety protocols, which will force him to miss multiple games.

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The Magic have been a horrible bet at home since the end of last season. These two teams met in the season opener, with the Spurs as a 3-point first half favorite. San Antonio ended the first half with a 12-point lead and finished off the Magic 123-97.

Orlando continues to work on a short rotation and cannot be trusted to score consistently, averaging 101.1 points per game. Dejounte Murray will be a tough matchup for Orlando’s leading scorer Cole Anthony. Tonight’s matchup is a nice spot for the Spurs to bounce back. San Antonio is the more experienced team and have the coaching edge in this one. Spurs has a 3-1 record against the spread in the first half on the road to start the season.

Best Bet for Tonight’s Game is Spread: San Antonio Spurs First Half -1.5

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Sean Blazek (aka SweatBets) has contributed to Awesemo since November 2021 and is currently a Content Creator. His articles can be found on Awesemo under the NBA Betting section. Sean has a knack for identifying value in first half spreads and totals using an analytical approach to find his Best Bets. Follow him on Twitter @SweatBets and get ready to cash.

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