Top 2021 NBA Week 11 Betting Picks

By Hank Blaine

This week, the NBA rings in the New Year with a full slate of games. Check out the top picks from Tuesday to Sunday, including the hot Golden State Warriors taking on the Utah Jazz on Saturday and Suns versus Celtics on Friday.

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Denver Nuggets vs. Golden State Warriors

  • When: Tuesday, December 28, 2021. 10:00 pm ET
  • Where: Chase Center, San Francisco, California
  • TV: NBA TV
  • Radio: Altitude Sports Radio 92.5 FM (Nuggets) // 95.7 The Game (Warriors)
  • Live Stream: NBA League Pass
  • NBA Betting Odds: TBA

The Nuggets aren’t playing their best basketball. Denver is 1-3 ATS in their last 4. The defense now allows more points per game, 106.8 than what it gives up, 106.4. Golden State went into Phoenix on Christmas Day and blasted the Suns. The Warriors dominated 116-107. Steph Curry and his mates have now gone 3-0 SU and ATS in their last 3. Expect Golden State to make it 4 straight wins and covers.

NBA Betting Pick: Warriors

Utah Jazz vs. Portland Trail Blazers

  • When: Wednesday, December 29, 2021. 10:00 pm ET
  • Where: Moda Center, Portland, Oregon
  • TV: NBA TV
  • Radio: The Sports Zone KZNS-AM 1280 (Jazz) // Rip City Radio 620 (Trail Blazers)
  • Live Stream: NBA League Pass
  • NBA Betting Odds: TBA

Covid hit the Trail Blazers hard. Five players, including Robert Covington and Ben McLemore, may not play in this game. On Dec. 21, Portland’s last game before the Dec. 27 matchup versus the Dallas Mavericks, the Blazers couldn’t handle the New Orleans Pelicans, falling 111-97. The game versus Utah is the second of a back-to-back. The Jazz beat Dallas 120-116 on Christmas Day. But although the Jazz are winning games, the victory was their third straight, they’re not covering spreads. The Blazers should cover as a home dog.

NBA Betting Pick: Trail Blazers

Philadelphia 76ers vs. Brooklyn Nets

  • When: Thursday, December 30, 2021. 7:00 pm ET
  • Where: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York
  • TV: NBA TV
  • Radio: 97.5 The Fanatic FM (76ers) // WFAN 660 AM (Nets)
  • Live Stream: NBA League Pass
  • NBA Betting Odds: TBA

On Dec. 20, Philadelphia played great when beating Boston 108-103. In their next game, the 76ers went back to their losing ways, falling 96-98 to Atlanta as a -11 chalk.

Brooklyn dusted the Lakers 122-115 on Christmas Day. Heading into the week, the Nets are 5-1 ATS in their last 6. Brooklyn should be without Kyrie Irving, who won’t play for the team until early January, and Kevin Durant, who is suffering from an ankle injury. Because James Harden must carry the load, the Sixers could keep this closer than the spread.

NBA Betting Pick: 76ers

Phoenix Suns vs. Boston Celtics

  • When: Friday, December 31, 2021. 1:00 pm ET
  • Where: TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
  • TV: NBA TV
  • Radio: Arizona Sports 98.7 FM (Suns) // 98.5 The Sports Hub (Celtics)
  • Live Stream: NBA League Pass
  • NBA Betting Odds: TBA

Although Golden State beat Phoenix, we shouldn’t turn our backs on the Suns. Even with the loss to the Warriors, the Phoenix remains arguably the best team in the NBA. In the last head-to-head, the Suns blasted the Celtics 111-90. Boston can’t keep up with Phoenix, and the Suns have gone on long winning runs after losing a game already this season. Phoenix rolls to a win and cover.

NBA Betting Pick: Suns

Golden State Warriors vs. Utah Jazz

  • When: Saturday, January 1, 2022. 9:00 pm ET
  • Where: Vivint Arena, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • TV: NBA TV
  • Radio: 710 ESPNLA (Warriors) // The Sports Zone KZNS-AM 1280 (Jazz)
  • Live Stream: NBA League Pass
  • NBA Betting Odds: TBA

Golden State versus Utah should be a terrific matchup. Two of the best guards in the NBA, Curry for GS and Donovan Mitchell for the Jazz, step onto the court. Golden State is hot, but Utah is the highest-scoring team in the NBA. The Jazz average over 116 per game from 36.8% shooting from three and over 47% shooting from the field. Also, Utah lost by just 3 in the last matchup. The Jazz win and cover.

NBA Betting Pick: Jazz

New York Knicks vs. Toronto Raptors

  • When: Sunday, January 2, 2022. 3:30 pm ET
  • Where: Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, Ontario
  • TV: NBA TV
  • Radio: ESPN New York 98.7 FM (Knicks) // Toronto 1050 AM (Raptors)
  • Live Stream: NBA League Pass
  • NBA Betting Odds: TBA

Knicks versus Raptors should be an intriguing game. The virus hit both teams hard. Toronto might be without OG Anunoby and Pascal Siakam. If that happens, the Knicks should win because, so far, Julius Randle hasn’t contracted Omicron. If Randle steps onto the court, he’ll lead the Knicks to a win and cover. But make sure to check the injury reports before siding with either squad. Who knows? Anunoby and Siakam might both be ready by Sunday and if that happens, the Raptors could be the pick. For now, that’s the way we’ll play it.

NBA Betting Pick: Raptors

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