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NBA Daily Picks: Return of the Anti-Tank Sixers?

By Matt Moore | NBA writer

Can the Sixers get back to celebrating? (USATSI)
Can the Sixers get back to celebrating? (USATSI)

Picks against the spread analysis for Wednesday, November 6th

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Tuesday: 7-2 YTD: 32-24-3.


GAME: Wizards at 76ers
Wizards (-2)

Everything's back to normal, right? Right? I mean, we can trust the Sixers to lay down and die now, right? I'm not so sure. They still had fight when they were getting blitzkrieged by the Warriors and the Wizards are a hot mess right now. I don't like going anywhere near a spread where the Wizards are favorites until a coaching change or a long win streak to stabliize things.

GAME: Raptors at Bobcats
Raptors (-2)

Both teams on a back-to-back, Raptors trying to rebound, Bobcats coming off an emotional high in the win over the Knicks. But the Bobcats have been legitimately decent this year and the Raptors unravel at weird times right now. Jonas Valanciunas should feast on their front line, but all of their perimeter weapons can be matched by the Bobcats. The double back-to-back just sets off all sorts of alarms.


GAME: Jazz at Celtics
Celtics (-3.5)
PICK: Jazz wins outright.

The Celtics are favored?! In a basketball game?! Like, with NBA players?! I get the idea. Jazz on an East Coast road trip, on a road-road back to back after getting pantsed by Brooklyn, vs. a Boston team that is so desperate for wins they would chew their own leg off to get into the win column.

But the only way this makes sense is if tomorrow word comes out that Rajon Rondo's starting and in that case, the line is way too low. Without him, this team is the Worst Team in Basketball. The Jazz are bad because they're young and flawed, not bad. The Celtics are bad.

Throw this one back, I think it's spoiled.

I've Got A Bad Feeling About This

GAME: Pelicans at Grizzlies
Grizzlies (-7.5)
PICK: Pelicans cover

I decidedto jump off the Pelicans' bandwagon for good on Tuesday night when they lost to the Suns. That's it. Any team that loses to Orlando and Phoenix in a week span does not have the structural integrity on its bandwagon to support my weight, diet or no diet. I'm out.


Look Memphis gave up a cover at home to the Celtics. The Celtics, people. The Pelicans are desperate for a win like the Celtics, and yes, it's a road back to back, but 7.5 implies that the Grizzlies can create eight more points than New Orleans. I don't have confidence of the creating eight points, period.

Hey, Good Lookin'

GAME: Cavaliers at Bucks
Cavs (-1.5)
PICK: Cavaliers cover

Line opened at Bucks -3 and moved to +1.5. Larry Sanders is mad at his coach, Their only healthy point guar is Nate Wolters and Caron Butler is playing big minutes. This seems a little bit like the public hammed the Cavs prompting the move, and Cleveland's been bad away from the Q, but I just don't have enough confidence in Milwaukee winning the thing.

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