Thanksgiving Week NBA Picks

Thanksgiving Week NBA Picks

It's Thanksgiving week and it's a time for family, food & football. But if you want a trio of under the radar, insider Thanksgiving week NBA betting picks you have come to the right place. Let's get started.

Thanksgiving Week NBA Picks

Who wins on Saturday when San Antonio battles Washington at the Verizon Center in D.C.? Can Minnesota make a statement versus Golden State on the road this Saturday?  Or, will hot Golden State put a beat down onto Minnesota? What’s going to happen with two of the better teams in the West, Houston and Portland, throw down this Sunday?

San Antonio at Washington
When:  Saturday, Nov. 26 at 7:00 pm ET
Where: Verizon Center, Washington, D.C.
TV: NBATV

Analysis: As of Tuesday, Nov. 22, the San Antonio Spurs are an awesome 11-3 straight up. In their last game, they beat Dallas 96 to 91. But as great as San Antonio’s straight up record is their against the spread record leaves something to be desired.

The Spurs are only 7-6-1 ATS this season. That shouldn’t give San Antonio betting fans any confidence going into their Saturday match up against Washington. Although the odds won’t be posted until game day, unless the Spurs suffer a key injury before this game, there’s no way they aren’t favored against a Washington squad that’s 5 games below .500 to start the week.

I just don’t think San Antonio covers the spread. I can almost guarantee you that I’m backing the Wizards ATS in this match up.  

Pick: Washington

Minnesota at Golden State
When:  Saturday, Nov. 26 at 10:30 pm ET
Where: Oracle Arena, Oakland, CA
TV: TBD

Analysis: The last time that Minnesota battled Golden State, the Timberwolves took it. Minny fought Golden State hard enough to force overtime. In overtime, Minnesota beat the Warriors 124 to 117.

That game was back on April 5. A lot has changed for Golden State since then. This Warriors’ team is on a roll having won 8 in a row as of Nov. 21. But like San Antonio, Golden State doesn’t have a great record ATS. The Warriors are 6-7-1 against the spread as of Nov. 21.

What I’ve noticed about Golden State is that they have trouble with teams that have superior big men. For example, they could only beat New Orleans by 10 points, 116 to 106, as a -17 home favorite on Nov. 7. Anthony Davis punished the Warrior defense with 33 points and 13 boards.

Minnesota center Karl Anthony-Towns averages 22 points, over 9 boards, and over 2 assists per game. He should control the middle against the Warriors this Saturday. Definitely take the points but don’t be surprised if Minnesota hands the Warriors their third loss of the season on Nov. 26.

Pick: Minnesota

Houston at Portland
When:  Sunday, Nov. 27 at 9:00 pm ET
Where: Moda Center at the Rose Quarter, Portland, OR
TV: TBD

Analysis: On Nov. 17, the Rockets dominated Portland 117 to 109. It was a big win for Houston who feel that they are good enough to win the Southwest Division over San Antonio. MVP candidate James Harden had 26 points, 14 assists and 12 boards in that game.

Portland’s top player, Damian Lillard, gets the chance to turn the tables on Harden this Sunday. While the last time the 2 superstars duked it out in Houston, this Sunday’s game takes place in Portland.

I think that will make all the difference. Portland isn’t a very good team ATS at home, only 1 and 6, but pride should light afire under the Trailblazers on Nov. 27. The backcourt of Lillard and C.J. McCollum should dominate while Harden won’t find it as easy to get to the rim or shoot 3’s in the Rose Garden.

I’ll back the Blazers to get it done in this battle.

Pick: Portland

 
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