Top 2021 NBA Week 5 Betting Picks

Could this be the week that the Philadelphia 76ers finally trade disgruntled Ben Simmons? The All-Star remains away from the team and the Sixers have started fining him game checks again ($360,000 per) until he cooperates with club physicians on his mental health and fulfills other basketball-related obligations. The Sixers have struggled to find a trade package that meets their asking price. Here’s a look at two intriguing NBA matchups this week.

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Golden State Warriors vs. Brooklyn Nets

  • When: Tuesday, November 16th, 2021. 7:30pm ET
  • Where: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York
  • TV: TNT
  • Radio: 95.7 The Game (Warriors) // WFAN 101.9 FM (Nets)
  • Live Stream: NBA League Pass
  • NBA Betting Odds: TBA

On Nov. 14, the Warriors lost just their second game of the season. The Warriors have this tendency to underperform versus bad opponents. The two losses have happened against Memphis and Charlotte. After a 3-game winning streak late last week, Brooklyn is now 10-4. But although Brooklyn has played well, they have yet to face a dominant squad like Golden State. Steph and his mates take this ATS and on the moneyline.

NBA Betting Pick: Warriors

Los Angeles Lakers vs. Milwaukee Bucks

  • When: Wednesday, November 17th, 2021. 7:30pm ET
  • Where: Fiserv Forum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • TV: ESPN
  • Radio: 710 ESPNLA (Lakers) // SportsRadio 1250 WSSP AM (Bucks)
  • Live Stream: NBA League Pass
  • NBA Betting Odds: TBA

Heading into the week, the Lakers have covered in 3-of-4. But LAL must take on the Chicago Bulls on Nov. 15 before throwing down against Giannis, Khris, and Jrue on Nov. 17. Milwaukee lost to the Celtics on Nov. 12 and the Hawks on Nov. 14. The defending champs have yet to get on track. They could with an inspired performance versus the Lakers. The Bucks get the nod.

NBA Betting Pick: Bucks

Philadelphia 76ers vs. Denver Nuggets

  • When: Thursday, November 18th, 2021. 9:00pm ET
  • Where: Ball Arena, Denver, Colorado
  • TV: NBA TV
  • Radio: 97.5 The Fanatic (76ers) // Altitude Sports Radio 92.5 FM (Nuggets)
  • Live Stream: NBA League Pass
  • NBA Betting Odds: TBA

After starting the season 6-0, the 76ers lost 4 straight from Nov. 8 through Nov. 13. Philadelphia isn’t playing well at all. That’s bad news heading to Denver to take on reigning NBA MVP Nikola Jokic and the Nuggets. Jokic averages 25.3 points, 6.3 assists, and 13.7 rebounds. To make matters worse for Philly, the Nuggets won their last 5 and covered in their last 4 to start the week. Also, the Sixers must play against Donovan Mitchell and the Utah Jazz on Nov. 16. Denver wins and covers.

NBA Betting Pick: Nuggets

Los Angeles Lakers vs. Boston Celtics

  • When: Friday, November 19th, 2021. 7:30pm ET
  • Where: TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
  • TV: ESPN
  • Radio: 710 ESPNLA (Lakers) // 98.5 The Sports Hub (Celtics)
  • Live Stream: NBA League Pass
  • NBA Betting Odds: TBA

Lakers versus Celtics is a classic. No matter the players, no matter the situation, both teams always throw down hard when they meet. The Lakers should win this and cover the spread as a slight road favorite. But Boston heads into the week having covered in their last 6. The Celtics are on fire against the spread. If Al Horford and Josh Richardson play, both are listed as probable for Monday’s game, Boston can win and should cover if they’re the chalk.

NBA Betting Pick: Celtics

Dallas Mavericks vs. Phoenix Suns

  • When: Friday, November 19th, 2021. 10:00pm ET
  • Where: Footprint Center, Phoenix, Arizona
  • TV: ESPN
  • Radio: 97.1 The Eagle (Mavericks) // Phoenix Metro 98.7 FM (Suns)
  • Live Stream: NBA League Pass
  • NBA Betting Odds: TBA

Lakers versus Celtics is a classic. No matter the players, no matter the situation, both teams always throw down hard when they meet. The Lakers should win this and cover the spread as a slight road favorite. But Boston heads into the week having covered in their last 6. The Celtics are on fire against the spread. If Al Horford and Josh Richardson play, both are listed as probable for Monday’s game, Boston can win and should cover if they’re the chalk.

NBA Betting Pick: Suns

Miami Heat vs. Washington Wizards

  • When: Saturday, November 20th, 2021. 7:00pm ET
  • Where: Washington Wizards, Capital One Arena, Washington, DC
  • TV: NBA TV
  • Radio: 104.5 The Team ESPN Radio (Heat) // The Team 980 (Wizards)
  • Live Stream: NBA League Pass
  • NBA Betting Odds: TBA

The 9-3 Wizards are for real. One of the reasons D.C. is so good this season is because the defense rocks. Opponents average 29.5% from three and 42.6% from the field. But as good as Washington is, Miami is one of the best teams in the league. The Heat head into the week after a tough west coast road trip where they lost to the Lakers, Clippers, and Nuggets. Jimmy Butler and his teammates beat the Utah Jazz 111-105 on Nov. 13, though. Miami looks solid to win and cover.

NBA Betting Pick: Heat

New York Knicks at Chicago Bulls

  • When: Sunday, November 20th, 2021. 7:00pm ET
  • Where: United Center, Chicago, IL
  • TV: NBA TV
  • Radio: 104.5 The Team ESPN Radio (Knicks) // 670 The Score WSCR-AM (Bulls)
  • Live Stream: NBA League Pass
  • NBA Betting Odds: TBA

Julius Randle is a fantastic player and the New York Knicks are a good team. But NYK is up against it in this. First, the Knicks average 109.6 points each game, which isn’t bad. But NYK allows 109.2 each game. Second, the Bulls allow 102.7 while scoring 107.6. Chicago is loaded with young, talented, players who know their roles. Even if Nikola Vucevic doesn’t play, he may still be out due to the coronavirus, the Bulls win and cover.

NBA Betting Pick: Bulls

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