NBA Picks and Predictions November 1 2014

Updated: November 1, 2014

Dallas Mavericks vs New Orleans Pelicans

The Dallas Mavericks came close on opening night victory over the San Antonio Spurs but, failed to close out the NBA Champions who made a big run in third quarter to get back into the game.  On the other hand, the New Orleans Pelican cruised to a big win over the Orlando Magic at home.  Both games can score but, the Mavericks defense is very sloppy.

Prediction: New Orleans Pelicans 94, Dallas Mavericks 88

Pick : New Orleans Pelicans +1

Memphis Grizzlies vs Charlotte Hornets

The Memphis Grizzlies looked all but dead against the Indiana Pacers in the first half before rallying to defeat the Banged up Pacers on the road.  They will be playing back to back games as they travel to Charlotte. The Hornets are coming off a win over the Milwaukee Bucks who blew a 24 point lead.  Grizzlies play a very slow tempo basketball and like to pound the rock to Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph who will have to battle big man Al Jefferson down low. It will be interesting to see how Memphis responds to two games in two nights.

Prediction:   Charlotte Hornets 91, Memphis Grizzlies 83

Pick: Charlotte Hornets -3

Miami Heat vs Philadelphia 76ers

The Miami Heat put on a strong performance against the Washington Wizards and got off to a good post-Lebron James era.  The Heat will go as far as Dwayne Wade takes them but, in this spot against the Philadelphia 76ers, the Heat have a lot of talent to pick up the easy win on the road against d-league talent.

Prediction: Miami Heat 104, Philadelphia 76ers 90

Pick: Miami Heat -8.5

Toronto Raptors vs Orlando Magic

The Toronto Raptors are one of the most underrated teams in the East this season as the team has a lot of talent and most importantly, much more experience than last year.  Kyle Lowry and Demar Derozan will be going up against a young Magic backcourt which should struggle guarding the two players.  Also , Jonas Valanciunas should be able to shut down big man Nikola Vucevic to propel the Raptors to an easy win .

Prediction: Toronto Raptors 103, Orlando Magic 92

Pick: Toronto Raptors -6.5

Brooklyn Nets vs Detroit Pistons

The Brooklyn Nets were completely outplayed in their last game against the Boston Celtics who scored at ease at TD Garden.  The Nets now travel to the Palace where the Detroit Pistons look to rebound from a disappointing performance in their last game against the Minnesota Timberwolves.  The Pistons may be at home but, it makes little difference as the team still lacks maturity and any chemistry.  Detroit has talent but, really does not know how to mesh.

Prediction: Brooklyn Nets 89, Detroit Pistons 82

Pick: Brooklyn Nets +3

Indiana Pacers vs Atlanta Hawks

The Indiana Pacers had a big lead heading into halftime against the Memphis Grizzlies but, still found a way to lose at home. The offense was stagnant in the second half as it was unable to get any easy looks at the rim.  The Pacers will now travel to Atlanta to play the Hawks without any day of rest. It is pretty simple here, the Hawks are the better team and should cruise against a tired and banged up Pacers squad.

Prediction: Atlanta Hawks 101, Indiana Pacers 81

Pick: Atlanta Hawks -10.5

Boston Celtics vs Houston Rockets

The Boston Celtics had a strong outing at home against the Brooklyn Nets in their last game and will look to continue their strong play against the Houston Rockets who cruised passed the Utah Jazz on the road. The Houston Rockets have a much better team than the young Celtics but, expect this game to be a tight one as the Celtics have proven to be resilient.

Prediction: Houston Rockets 93, Boston Celtics 88

Pick: Boston Celtics +8

Denver Nuggets vs Oklahoma City Thunder

The Oklahoma City Thunder are in trouble after the news that star point guard Russell Westbrook will be out with a hand injury as the team is already without Kevin Durant.  The Thunder are back home after losing a tight game against the Los Angeles Clippers despite playing without Westbrook in the second half.  The Nuggets are town and looking for the second straight win but, will likely have to wait as the Thunder should deliver a strong performance at home.

Prediction: Oklahoma City Thunder 95, Denver Nuggets 90

Pick: Oklahoma City Thunder +7

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