Top NBA Betting Picks of the Week – November 14th, 2022
The Memphis Grizzlies will be without their second-leading scorer in guard Desmond Bane for perhaps a month as he has been diagnosed with a Grade 2 sprain of his right big toe and will be re-evaluated in two to three weeks. Bane has blossomed into a co-star alongside Ja Morant in his third season, averaging career highs of 24.7 points, 4.9 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game. Bane is one of the NBA’s elite 3-point shooters, ranking fifth in 3s made per game (3.8) while hitting a career-best 45.1% of his long-range attempts. Here’s a look at two intriguing NBA matchups this week. Check back for NBA odds.
Top NBA Betting Picks of the Week (November 14th, 2022)
Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Milwaukee Bucks
- When: Wednesday, November 15, 2022, 8:00 PM ET
- Where:Fiserv Forum, Milwaukee, WI
- TV: BSWI, BSOH
- Radio: WTAM 1100 AM (Cavaliers) // WTMJ 620 AM (Bucks)
- Live Stream: NBA League Pass
- NBA Betting Odds: TBA
Two of the best teams in the Eastern Conference meet on Wednesday, although neither may be at full strength. Cleveland guard Donovan Mitchell did practice Tuesday after missing Sunday’s game with an ankle injury so he might go. Mitchell has tallied 30+ points in 8 of his 11 games this season and is averaging career-highs in points (31.6 PPG, 4th in NBA), assists (6.1 APG), rebounds (4.7 RPG) and minutes (39.1 MPG, 1st in NBA).
All-Star center Jarrett Allen didn’t practice Tuesday due to his own ankle issue that kept him out Sunday so he will be listed as questionable. Allen ranks T-4th in the NBA in rebounds per game this season (11.5 RPG) and T-4th in the NBA in double-doubles (7).
Cleveland enters on a four-game skid after Sunday’s loss to the Wolves but Darius Garland finished with a career-high 51 PTS on 16-30 (.533) shooting from the field, including 10-14 (.714) shooting from beyond the arc. His 10 three-pointers were a career-high and he became the 3rd Cavs player in team history with 10+ threes in a game (Kyrie Irving and C.J. Miles). Garland scored a career-high 27 of his points in the 4th quarter, including 6-10 (.600) shooting from beyond the arc, marking the 2nd time scoring 20+ points in a quarter for his career. His 27 4th quarter points were the most points in a fourth quarter in team history and the 2nd-most points in any quarter by a Cavs player in team history (Kevin Love, 34 PTS in 1st. Q on Nov. 23, 2016). Garland is the 10th player in the last 10 seasons to record 50+ PTS at age 22 or younger in the NBA.
Not clear if the Bucks will have point guard Jrue Holiday as he has missed a few games with a right ankle sprain. Holiday has been “the straw that stirs the drink” ever since he arrived in Milwaukee. The Bucks are 97-38 (.718) in games started by Holiday since his arrival. Khris Middleton, Pat Connaughton, and Joe Ingles are still waiting to make their season debuts. Also Grayson Allen and Wesley Matthews are day-to-day with new ailments.
Cleveland is playing Milwaukee for the first of four matchups this season. The Cavs have won three straight games over Milwaukee since Dec. 2021. The Cavs are 11-5 over Central Division opponents in their last 16 opportunities.
NBA Betting Pick: Bucks
Brooklyn Nets vs. Portland Trail Blazers
- When: Thursday, November 17, 2022, 10:00 PM ET
- Where: Moda Center, Portland, OR
- TV: ROOT-SP+, YES
- Radio: WFAN 101.9 FM (Nets) // Rip City Radio 620 (Trail Blazers)
- Live Stream: NBA League Pass
- NBA Betting Odds: TBA
Could this be the game where Kyrie Irving returns for the Nets? Irving sat again Tuesday in Sacramento as he continues a team-imposed suspension. Irving was initially suspended on November 3 for “harmful impact of his conduct” relating to a social media post about a book and movie that contains antisemitic ideas. It remains unclear when he will return to the floor.
Kevin Durant is eighth in the league in ppg (30.6) and is one of eight players averaging 30.0+ ppg. FTA: Kevin Durant ranks third in the league in free throws made/game (8.4) and fifth in free throws attempted/game (9.1). Irving ranks seventh in the league in FT % (.927) and Kevin Durant ranks 12th (.915).
Nic Claxton is third in the league in bpg (2.1 bpg) and KD is fourth (1.9 bpg). They are the only teammates in the top-10 in the league in bpg. The bpg are currently a career-high for both players. The last Net to rank in the top-10 in bpg was Brook Lopez in 2016-17 (tied for eighth). Lopez finished in the league’s top-10 in bpg six times as a Net (between 2008-17). The last Net other than Lopez to rank in the top-10 in bpg was Shawn Bradley (second – 1995-96).
Blazers coach Chauncey Billups said that while Gary Payton II (core muscle surgery) continues to progress, he is still not ready to play in games. The athletic guard is making strides in his recovery, but Billups said Monday that there is still no concrete timetable regarding Payton getting cleared to play. Payton averaged career highs of 7.1 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.35 steals for the Warriors last season. He recorded three steals in both Game 5 and Game 6 of the 2022 NBA Finals.
The Trail Blazers tied the 2021-22 season series with the Nets, 1-1. Jerami Grant has scored in double figures in seven of his last eight games against Brooklyn. Josh Hart averaged 19.5 points, 8.0 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 2.00 steals last season against the Nets. In 18 career games against Brooklyn, Damian Lillard has scored 31-plus points eight times, including a 60-point performance on Nov. 8, 2019. Jusuf Nurkic has recorded double-doubles in five out his last six games against the Nets.
NBA Betting Pick: Trail Blazers
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