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Top 2021 NBA Week 3 Betting Picks

By Hank Blaine

Our top picks in the NBA this weeks starts on Tuesday when two of the best players in the league throw down. Miami’s Jimmy Butler heads to Dallas to battle Luka Doncic and the Mavs. From Tuesday on, the National Basketball Association plays great game after great game. Check out analysis and picks for six of this week’s top hoop contests.

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Miami Heat vs. Dallas Mavericks

  • When: Tuesday, November 2nd, 2021. 7:30pm ET
  • Where: American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas
  • TV: TNT
  • Radio: 790 AM The Ticket (Heat) // 97.1 The Eagle FM (Mavericks)
  • Live Stream: NBA League Pass
  • NBA Betting Odds: TBA

After 6 games, the Miami Heat are 5-1 and tied with Washington, New York, and Chicago with the best record in the East. Heat players know their roles. Butler leads in points per game, Bam Adebayo leads in rebounds each contest, and Kyle Lowry leads in assists per match up. The Mavericks don’t have any such balance. But the Mavs are at home. So as long as Luka plays, Dallas wins and covers.

NBA Betting Pick: Mavericks

Atlanta Hawks vs. Brooklyn Nets

  • When: Wednesday, November 3rd, 2021. 7:30pm ET
  • Where: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York
  • TV: ESPN
  • Radio: 92.9 The Game (Hawks) // WFAN 101.9 FM (Nets)
  • Live Stream: NBA League Pass
  • NBA Betting Odds: TBA

The Hawks, so far, haven’t played nearly as well this season as they did last season. Atlanta is a .500 team heading into the week, which should give Nets backers confidence. Brooklyn isn’t scoring nearly as many points this season as they did last season, which is one of the reasons, as of Nov. 1, they’re 3-4 ATS. Brooklyn’s defense came to play last week, though. On Oct. 29, the Nets held Indiana to 98 points. Then on Oct. 31, Brooklyn decimated the Pistons 117-91. Brooklyn has found their groove on defense, which could lead to a second straight cover victory.

NBA Betting Pick: Nets

Boston Celtics vs. Miami Heat

  • When: Thursday, November 4th, 2021. 7:30pm ET
  • Where: FTX Arena, Miami, Florida
  • TV: NBA TV
  • Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub FM (Celtics) // 790 AM The Ticket (Heat)
  • Live Stream: NBA League Pass
  • NBA Betting Odds: TBA

The Heat have a difficult week. On Tuesday they face Luka and the Mavericks. Then on Thursday they take on Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum and the Celtics. Ah, but the Celts are terrible against the spread, going 2-4 ATS in their first 6. Miami, especially if they lose on Tuesday, should come close to blowing out Boston on Thursday. Butler, Adebayo, and Lowry make for the best Big Three in the NBA. Heat roll to a victory.

NBA Betting Pick: Heat

New York Knicks vs. Milwaukee Bucks

  • When: Friday, November 5th, 2021. 7:30pm ET
  • Where: Fiserv Forum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • TV: ESPN
  • Radio: 104.5 The Team ESPN Radio (Knicks) // WTMJ 620 (Bucks)
  • Live Stream: NBA League Pass
  • NBA Betting Odds: TBA

Milwaukee has underperformed. That’s okay. Nobody believes that if the Bucks are healthy, they don’t make a run in the playoffs. But you can’t make the playoffs is you’re most important players are injured. Right now, Khris Middleton is suffering from an illness, Brook Lopez is out with a bad back, and Jrue Holiday is listed as questionable with an ankle injury. Unless at least one of those players step onto the court, it will be tough for the Bucks to win this game. Even if Middleton, Holiday, or both play, the Knicks should cover. NYK is 5-1 on the moneyline heading into November because Kemba Walker, R.J. Barrett, and Evan Fournier have taken pressure off Mr. Do Everything Julius Randle.

NBA Betting Pick: Denver Nuggets

Los Angeles Lakers at Portland Trail Blazers

  • When: Saturday, November 6th, 2021. 7:00pm ET
  • Where: Moda Center, Portland, Oregon
  • TV: NBA TV
  • Radio: 710 ESPNLA (Lakers) // Rip City Radio 620 (Trail Blazers)
  • Live Stream: NBA League Pass
  • NBA Betting Odds: TBA

After a 10-point victory versus Houston on Halloween night, the Lakers brought their record to 4-3 SU and 2-5 ATS. Portland is just 3-3 ATS. But the Blazers have much younger legs than LAL. Also, Portland covered twice in games last week and we know the public will over bet the Lakers. Damian Lillard, C.J. McCollum, Jusuf Nurkic, and the rest of the Blazers win and cover.

NBA Betting Pick: Trail Blazers

Brooklyn Nets vs. Toronto Raptors

  • When: Sunday, November 7th, 2021. 8:00pm ET
  • Where: Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, Ontario
  • TV: SN, YES
  • Radio: WFAN 101.9 FM (Nets) // TSN 1050 AM (Raptors)
  • Live Stream: NBA League Pass
  • NBA Betting Odds: TBA

Toronto star Pascal Siakam is out until mid-November, which should set the Nets up for a cover victory as a small number road favorite. Although the Raptors have played well without Siakam, they won’t continue to do so. Both teams have turned into defensive powers. The difference, of course, is Brooklyn has scoring options for days while the Raptors must lean on Scottie Barnes and Fred VanVleet. The Nets take this SU and ATS.

NBA Betting Pick: Nets

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