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2015 NBA Basketball Betting – Picks For Games On Saturday, November 21

Posted by Craig Parsons on 12/11/2015 9:02:29 PM

The NBA season is into its fourth week, and teams that are struggling are trying to get more of a foothold in the standings, not to mention becoming more consistent and dependable.

New Orleans Pelicans @ Chicago Bulls – Saturday December 12

Betting experts will know that the Chicago Bulls barely beat the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday, even though Blake Griffin got ejected during that game for a flagrant two, a foul which was violent enough to get him disqualified. The Bulls do not have a very powerful offense. They can play better, and they are still waiting to have all the pieces of their roster come together. Yet, while the Bulls score only 98.1 points per game, they allow under 98, and that’s why they’ve been able to stay in the top five of the Eastern Conference.

New Orleans is a team which struggles a lot on defense. The Pelicans have been more injured and shorthanded than the Bulls this season, and that’s why they average 109 points allowed per game. That’s a leaky defense which the Bulls should be able to exploit. New Orleans might have Anthony Davis, but it doesn’t have any another player which provides a lot of extra value on defense. With the Pelicans’ shortcomings, the Bulls are in position to score a lot, and if Chicago can score a lot, it should be able to win this game comfortably, by enough to cover the spread.

Betting Pick: Chicago -6.5

Golden State Warriors @ Milwaukee Bucks – Saturday, December 12

This is a game the Warriors will just try to survive. It might be odd to say that, but they played Boston on Friday night without Klay Thompson, due to his ankle injury suffered earlier in the week against the Indiana Pacers. The Warriors are exercising caution, because they know what their long-term focus is and needs to be: winning a championship, which means being healthy and prepared when the playoffs come around in April. Maintaining a winning streak in December is not this team’s main goal. After playing Boston on Friday night, the Warriors will try to get through a back to back set of games. Thompson might play, but if he does, his limits will still be limited. Since Harrison Barnes is also injured, it’s an open question as to how the Warriors will play. Golden State deserves the edge, but not by as much as you might think.

Betting Pick: Golden State

Washington Wizards @ Dallas Mavericks – Saturday, December 12

The Mavericks have overachieved in the eyes of most people this season. When DeAndre Jordan switched his mind and stayed with the Los Angeles Clippers, it was seen as an indication that the Mavs were not going to have the roster they needed to make the playoffs in the Western Conference. However, the Houston Rockets have struggled, the Portland Trail Blazers have fallen off the radar, and the New Orleans Pelicans have been attacked with injuries. Dallas really does have a good chance to be a playoff team, as head coach Rick Carlisle is getting the most out of the frequently-traded point guard, Deron Williams. The Mavericks are playing well together and are responding to what was the NBA’s collective doubt about the ability of the team to succeed. Those offseason questions motivated the coaching staff and the players, and you’re seeing the difference now.

Washington has been a hard team to figure out. John Wall got injured but came back to the court in the team’s next game earlier this week against the Miami Heat. The Wizards beat the Heat in Miami but then lost at home to Houston. They’re not consistent, and Dallas is playing at a much higher level. Take the Mavericks.

Betting Pick: Dallas -6

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