Jake Ellenbogen is here with your NBA Best Bets for November 9, 2021 action. See our best NBA bet picks today.
We have five games on tonight’s NBA slate, which means there are several attractive wagering opportunities to consider. With that in mind, let’s gear up and dive into tonight’s best NBA bets.
Please note that all NBA odds and lines are current as of 10 AM EST on Tuesday, November 9.
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NBA Bets of the Day 11/9/21
Portland Trail Blazers @ Los Angeles Clippers, 10:00 p.m. ET
Best Bet: Los Angeles Clippers -3 (-110) at Caesars
This is a rematch from a game we saw not long ago. The Trail Blazers comfortably won their last meeting but there are some important things to keep in mind going into this one.
Since they last played, the Clippers have won four in a row and Portland has yet to win on the road. This game is in Los Angeles and Paul George is having a great season, leading the Clippers in points, rebounds and assists per game. Meanwhile, Portland has seen some seriously inconsistent play out of their star Damian Lillard.
The Trail Blazers are the superior scoring team as they are tied for seventh in the league in points per game, while the Clippers have failed to crack the top half of the league in that category. However, over the last three games, Los Angeles has found their stride, averaging 10 more points per game, good for third in the league during that span.
The biggest thing about the Clippers is their defense, as they allow the second-lowest shooting percentage in the league. The Trailer Blazers, on the other hand, are 22nd in that category.
The Clippers aren’t perfect, especially without star forward Kawhi Leonard, but Paul George has put his team on his back this season and I expect him to lead the Clippers in a minor revenge game for close to a double-digit win. For that reason, this is our NBA bet of the day.
Atlanta Hawks @ Utah Jazz, 9:00 p.m. ET
Best Bet: Utah Jazz -7.5 (-110) at Caesars
This game has a good chance to be the highest scoring contest of tonight’s short three-game slate. The Jazz are one of the NBA’s best defensive teams and boast the second most efficient offense in the league. On the flip side, the Hawks struggle defensively and don’t shoot as well.
This is another early rematch of a game that was a blowout the last time the Jazz went to Atlanta. Now, the Jazz are hosting the Hawks and the Hawks are 1-5 on the road. Trae Young has had a good season thus far, but he and the rest of the Hawks are going to have to shoot lights out if they want to beat this methodical Jazz team.
Both teams come into this game riding losing streaks as the Hawks have dropped four in a row and the Jazz two straight. Last time they squared off it was last year’s Sixth Man of the Year Jordan Clarkson who went for 30 points and was virtually unguardable in a 116-98 beatdown.
The Hawks have seen the Jazz and will know their style of game, but this time, the Hawks are playing a back to back while the Jazz will be playing after an off day. Could that work out for the Hawks being game fresh? I don’t think so.
The Hawks simply aren’t good enough to win this game. I expect Utah’s defense is going to smother them towards potentially another sub-100-point outing, as the Jazz cover the 7.5-point spread.
Milwaukee Bucks @ Philadelphia 76ers, 7:30 p.m. ET
Best Bet: Philadelphia 76ers +6 (-110) at Caesars
The 8-3 Sixers are six-point underdogs at home versus a team that is below .500 in the Milwaukee Bucks. Giannis Antetokounmpo is one of the best players in basketball but it can’t just be a one-man rock band in Milwaukee.
The Bucks simply have not played well this season. They have lost four of their last five games and their only win was against the hapless Pistons. The Sixers, meanwhile, have won four of their last five and their one defeat was a seven-point loss to the Knicks without star Joel Embiid, who has been sidelined due to testing COVID-19 positive.
With no Embiid, the line is favoring the Bucks in a hefty way, but I don’t think the Sixers played poorly enough without Embiid against one of the NBA’s best teams to warrant that.
Before losing Embiid, the Sixers were the league’s most efficient offensive team and had won eight of their first 10 games. Milwaukee might win this one, but it’s not going to be a blowout or close to it. I expect the Embiid-less Sixers to hold onto an under-four-point win.
With Andre Drummond‘s 25 rebounds last night against the Knicks, I feel confident the Sixers will be able to generate enough possessions by dominating the glass to win this game.
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