The NBA season is in full swing and that means you can start making some serious cash. I have a trio of NBA betting picks to get your bankroll growing.
2018 NBA Expert Picks Jan 8th – 14th
My first NBA expert pick this week takes place on Thursday, Jan. 11. The Cleveland Cavaliers head to Toronto to battle the Raptors. Can the Cavs beat the Raptors in Toronto?
The next game on my list has the defending champion Golden State Warriors heading to Milwaukee to battle the Greek Freak and the rest of the Bucks. Are the Bucks ready to take down the Warriors?
My final pick happens in the Portland at Minnesota game on Sunday. Can Minnesota maintain its lead in the Northwest Division?
Cleveland at Toronto Raptors
When: Thursday, Jan. 11 at 8:00 pm ET
Where: Aire Canada Centre, Toronto, ON, CA
Analysis: LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers maintain a tenuous lead atop the Central Division. James and the Cavs are currently less than the 5 to 1 second choices to win the 2018 NBA Championship.
LeBron’s having the best shooting season of his career. That’s amazing considering that he’s 35-year-old. The Cavs have gelled. There’s no reason to believe a team like the Toronto Raptors will be able to add a loss to Cleveland’s record.
I’m backing LeBron, K-Love, and the strong Cavs to get it done on Thursday.
Golden State at Milwaukee
When: Friday, Jan. 12 at 8:00 pm ET
Where: BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee, WI
Analysis: So far, so good for the Golden State Warriors. The Warriors lead the Pacific Division. On Friday, they battle a decent team in the Milwaukee Bucks. The young Bucks are in second place in the Central, behind LeBron and the Cavs.
Golden State is one of the few teams that can contain Giannis “The Greek Freak” Antetonkounmpo. Although it was last March 18, the Warriors held the Greek Freak to 9 points, 3 boards, and 3 assists in a 117 to 92 win over the Bucks.
The Warriors figure to lock down Giannis this Friday on Jan. 12. When The Greek Freak has trouble dominating, Milwaukee has trouble winning. I like Golden State big.
Pick: Golden State
Portland at Minnesota
When: Sunday, Jan. 14 at 9:00 pm ET
Where: Target Center, Minneapolis, MN
Analysis: The Portland Trailblazers head to the Target Center in Minneapolis to battle the T’Wolves. Of all the teams in the NBA this season, the T’Wolves appear to be the one with the most upside. Adding Jimmy Butler to the squad during the off-season was huge.
But, the Portland Trailblazers matchup well with Minnesota. Center Jusuf Nurkic can somewhat contain Karl-Anthony Towns. Both C.J. McCollum and Damian Lillard can outplay Andrew Wiggins and Jimmy Butler.
The Blazers should pull off the upset. I’m with Portland.