Top 5 NBA Games: 11/9

With another great 13-game slate of NBA games today, it may be hard to choose which ones to bet, so I’ve listed five of the top games of the day here and my picks on the point spreads.

LeBron and the Heat cruised past the Nets

Miami Heat 4-1 at Atlanta Hawks 2-1

As expected, the Heat have gotten off to a hot start in their title defense and are coming off a 103-73 rout of the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday. Tonight, the Heat will encounter one of the other top teams in the East, the Atlanta Hawks.

The Hawks have won two in a row after dropping their opener, but will have a tough time defending the Heat, who are scoring 110 per contest. Look for Miami to keep things rolling by covering -6 points with the win today.

Dallas Mavericks 4-1 at New York Knicks 3-0

The Knicks are the only remaining unbeaten team in the NBA and not only that, but they have absolutely creamed each team in their three wins. Tonight they will host the 4-1 Mavericks, who are also obviously playing well, but without Dirk Nowitzki the Mavericks will have a tough time dealing with the vast talent that the Knicks possess. Look for New York to continue its early season winning steak by covering -6 points at home tonight against O.J. Mayo and the Mavs.

Houston Rockets 2-2 Memphis Grizzlies 3-1

The Grizzlies have rattled off three consecutive wins after dropping their opener, while the Rockets started hot, winning their first two, but have lost their last two. Tonight Houston will look to get back on track on the road.

James Harden still leads the league with 30.3 points per game, but has struggled in the last two, which both resulted in Houston losses. Meanwhile, Memphis has gotten great performances out of its starters, including big man Marc Gasol, who is averaging 19.3 points per game and 7.5 rebounds. Look for Memphis to use its inside play to its advantage and exploit Houston’s defense. Take the Grizzlies to cover -6.5 points tonight at home.

Detroit Pistons 0-5 at Oklahoma City Thunder 3-2

The Pistons are one of only two winless teams remaining in the league and unfortunately for them, things won’t get easier tonight as they travel to OKC to take on the Thunder. Oklahoma City is coming off a big win against the Chicago Bulls and is looking to improve to 4-2 on the young season.

Despite their record and strong shooting, the Thunder are among the league leaders in team turnovers with 18.4 per game. The Pistons may be able to exploit this and although they don’t have the firepower to get a win on the road against a team like OKC, I do think they can cover the +11.5 point spread. Look for the Pistons to keep things close in a loss tonight.

Golden State Warriors 3-2 at Los Angeles Lakers 1-4 

Kobe and Co. still have a lot to figure out

One of the big stories so far this season has been the slow start of the Lakers, who spent much of the offseason acquiring what they thought would be their dream team. Obviously, it’s still early, but needless to say, things haven’t gone as planned for the Lakers, who are just 1-4 on the year.

Despite this, the talent level of Lakers makes them a six and a half point favorite tonight over the Warriors. They will once again be without Steve Nash, but with Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard playing well and with homecourt advantage, you would think the Lakers would be able to get things moving in the right direction.

But, I like the Warriors here, at least to cover the +6.5 spread. The Lakers are still a team trying to find an identity and a chemistry, which we all know, often times outweighs pure talent. Basketball is a team game, so expect the better team to take this one. Go Warriors here.