LA Lakers @ New York Knicks – Madison Square Garden at 20:30
Both of these big market franchises are in the midst of a rebuild to try and turn them back into Championship material, but it has to be said that the New York Knicks look considerably further along than the LA Lakers.
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Both sets of fans have to accept there will be a lot more downs than ups this season, but it can be tough to see a team lurch from one disaster to another. The Lakers at least snapped their winless start to the season by beating Brooklyn last time out and are facing a Knicks team off the back of three straight losses.
However, it is the Knicks who have generally been more competitive and they have had the more difficult schedule early in the season.
The New York Knicks are 4-0 against the spread in their last four home games against the LA Lakers and I think my team can win this one.
Handicap Betting Pick: New York Knicks -4.5 Points at 1.78
Phoenix Suns @ Oklahoma City Thunder – Chesapeake Energy Arena at 00:10
This is a big game for the Oklahoma City Thunder who are trying to get snap a three game losing run and I like them to do that against the Phoenix Suns.
This has been an inconsistent start to the season for the Phoenix Suns, but they have to expect that with some of the moves they have made in the off-season.
The Suns are a team that is solid to back as the road underdog and they have a decent record against the Oklahoma City Thunder going 5-2 against the spread in the last 7 meetings.
However, it has been some late collapses that haven’t helped the Thunder in recent games and controlling those should see them dominate this game and win by double digits.
Handicap Betting Pick: Oklahoma City Thunder -8.5 Points at 1.93
Prices correct at the time of writing.
Odds provided by Eastbridge Sports Betting Brokerage