We’re locked in on a good Thursday night in the NBA. The Pistons carry a (gulp) 15-game losing streak into Madison Square Garden to take on the Knicks. Is tonight the night Detroit gets a win? Indiana has put up some amazing numbers and it should continue down in South Beach, plus the Warriors are 2-8 in their last 10. Can they get it going against the Clippers?
NBA Expert Picks and Best Bets | November 30
Detroit Pistons at NY Knicks Best Bet
In Michigan, these are great sports times for sports bettors. The Wolverines are in the hunt for a college football national title, the Red Wings just signed Patrick Kane, the Tigers just made a big free agent move.
But then…the Pistons.
Detroit lost a record 15th straight Wednesday night. It’s not the all-time franchise record, that’s 21, but it’s the most consecutive losses in a single season (the 21 losses bridged the 79-80 and 80-81 season). Cade Cunningham has been the only bright spot for coach Monty Williams’ team that now heads into MSG.
The Knicks are 10-7 coming off a win over the Hornets. Jalen Brunson has been playing at an All-Star level, shooting 46 percent from the floor. Knicks win big.
Indiana Pacers at Miami Heat Best Bet
Michigan sports bettors never know when a hot streak is going to end, but they should be riding the Pacers right now. Indiana is 9-7 in the standings, but an incredible 14-2 over/under. Indiana has eight players averaging in double figures and leads the NBA in scoring at 127.6 a night. That’s five more points than the next team.
Miami has lost three in a row and Jimmy Butler is still questionable with an ankle injury. He didn’t play the other night in the Heat’s loss to the Bucks, but the Heat still scored 124 points. Bam Adebayo has become the Heat’s go-to scorer.
The Pacers style will take over this one. Miami will run and gun and get plenty of open looks, and NBA players love that. Three of the last five meetings between these two have gone under, but not this one. Keep playing the over on the Pacers.
LA Clippers at Golden State Best Bet
Is it…is it over in Golden State? The Warriors are just 2-8 in their last 10 games and 8-10. Klay Thompson’s shot is off, Draymond Green has become a sideshow, and maybe the Warriors dynasty is fizzling out.
Or maybe they’re just biding their time and waiting for the playoffs. Time will tell. The Warriors still have Steph Curry who ranks seventh in the NBA in points at 29.7, but Golden State hasn’t had that magic yet.
The Clip Joint is starting to play a little better since the trade for James Harden. No, Harden won’t play defense, but he will pass the ball – he leads the Clippers in assists. The truth is the Clippers still have Paul George and Kawhi Leonard and that’s more than enough. The problem is those two haven’t been healthy over the years, but they are now. I like getting the points from DraftKings for this one.
Born and raised in Louisiana, Darren Cooper has a fond appreciation for bayous, Mardi Gras beads and the sports betting industry. Darren has worked for multiple print and online publications since 1998, primarily as a sports columnist in the Northeast. He’s covered a Super Bowl (it was a blowout), the World Series (same) and the NBA Draft (man, those guys are tall). For the last few years he’s dug deep into the sports gambling industry as it exploded across America, learning how the legal sausage is made and how while all the sportsbooks look the same, they all have different identities and styles. He’s learned to always bet within his means -- and take the under. When not in front of his computer creating, Darren spends time with his three boys. He runs, reads and is always looking for the next big thing to write about.