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NBA Daily Picks: Are the Thunder ready to roll?

By Matt Moore | NBA writer

Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook are back to work.  (USATSI)
Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook are back to work. (USATSI)

Picks against the spread analysis for Friday, Novemer 8th.

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Thursday results: The line bumped up after I made my pick, LeBron missed a free throw. The Nuggets couldn't put the Hawks away at home, and the Rockets were drunk Thursday night. I'm not kidding. I think they were literally drunk.

There was a lot of crying and throwing things, here.

Tuesday: 0-3 YTD: 37-32-3.

DANGER WILL ROBINSON, DANGER

GAME: Lakers at Pelicans
FAVORITE:
Pelicans (-9.5)
PICK: STAY AWAY!

Even on the back-to-back, I don't trust the Lakers. At all. This team thinks it's good. (It's not, by the way. Seriously, the Rockets were drunk.) And thinking you're good can do amazing things for you in the short term.

On the other hand, the Lakers lost by 25 to the Mavericks and the Pelicans either look unbeatable or like hot mess every other game. No way to figure this one out, especially at that line.

WEIRD SCIENCE

GAME: Thunder at Pistons
FAVORITE:
Thunder (-3)
PICK: Thunder cover.

Fun game. But this one being as tight at is is kind of odd, right? Thunder coming off a big win vs. Dallas, the Pistons starting to take more and more bad shots. The Pistons are better. But are they "hang with KD and the gang" good? That seems ambitious, with OKC coming off a rest day.

Odd line, either way.

I've Got A Bad Feeling About This

GAME: Nets at Wizards
FAVORITE:
Nets (-2.5)
PICK: STAY AWAY!

I don't know. The Wizards are pretty awful, and the Nets have to get it together sometime. Something about this just feels off. Maybe it's that it's in Washington. Maybe it's just the Nets' inconsistency. Chalk this one up to a gut feeling, but I don't like it either way.

Hey, Good Lookin'


GAME: Jazz at Bulls
FAVORITE:
Bulls (-13)
PICK: Bulls cover

Don't care about the line. Don't care about the "team desperate for a win" factor. (OK, that maks me a little worried.) The Bulls are frustrated and want to take it out on someone, the Jazz are on an East Coast road trip. Utah lost to Boston, for crying out loud. They can't hang, even in a low-possession game.

GAME: Kings at Blazers
FAVORITE:
Blazers (-7.5)
PICK: Blazers cover

Rose Garden effect. I'm not calling it the Moda Center. You can't make me.

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