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Kings vs. Suns NBA Pick from John Martin: October 23rd 2017

Sacramento Kings vs. Phoenix Suns
NBA Pick: Suns -1 (October 23rd 2017)
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I always like backing teams in their first game after making a coaching change.  The Suns fired Earl Watson as he simply wasn’t getting the job done.  Associate head coach Jay Triano is taking over for Watson as the interim head coach.  Triano spent parts of four seasons (2008-11) as head coach of the Toronto Raptors. He is in his second season with the Suns after spending four years as an assistant with the Portland Trail Blazers, one when Watson was a player there.  Now they’re up against a team that is just as bad as they are in the Sacramento Kings.  The Suns have the better talent and chemistry, and for one night, should respond to the coaching change.  Give me Phoenix.

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NBA Pick: Larry Ness betting the Milwaukee Bucks -6.5 points on October 23rd 2017

Charlotte Hornets vs. Milwaukee Bucks
NBA Betting Pick: Milwaukee -6.5 (October 23rd 2017)
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The Bucks have opened 2-1 (lost 116-97 at home to Cleveland on Friday) but no one has come close to stopping Giannis Antetokounmpo. He has scored at least 34 points in each of his first three games and put up a career-high 44 on 17-of-23 shooting in Saturday’s 113-110 win over Portland. The Charlotte Hornets are the next team to try their hand at slowing down the “Greek Freak,” when they visit the Bradley Center on Monday. Charlotte has opened 1-1, rallying from 20 points down to top the Hawks 109-91 on Friday night, after losing 102-90 at Detroit last Wednesday to the Pistons.

The Hornets utilized a 24-0 run in the third quarter in that Friday win over the Hawks, overcoming a second straight sloppy effort that featured 15 first-half turnovers. Kemba Walker scored 26 points and after becoming an All Star last season, has begun the new year averaging 25.0-5.0-6.0. The Hornets acquired Dwight Howar in the off-season and the 13-year veteran is averaging a double-double (15.0 points & 15.0 rebounds) through the first two games but there is still a bit of an adjustment period both for Howard and his teammates. Cody Zeller was the starting center last season but has been moved to a reserve role behind Howard. He missed Friday’s win (knee) and will probably be on the bench at Milwaukee. However, the Hornets are hoping that forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist can make his season debut after he was away from the team following the death of his grandmother.

Read more: Hornets’ focus to stop Antetokounmpo (ESPN)

“This is just the beginning,” the 22-year-old Antetokounmpo told reporters. “I’m not done yet. We’ve got 79 more games plus playoffs, hopefully. It’s just the beginning.” Antetokounmpo is averaging 38.3-9.7-5.0 and has connected on 67.2 percent from the floor! Macolm Brogdon got more and more “PT” last year as the season wore on and with Embiid limited to 31 games, ‘stole’ the ROY award. He’s the team’s starting PG coming into this season and has opened averaging 16.0 PPG and 3.7 APG. Charlotte has had Milwaukee’s number recently, winning 11 of the last 14 meetings but has dropped two in a row to the Bucks. This is now the “Antetokounmpo Era” and the Bucks should have little trouble at home against teams like the Hornets. Lay the points.

Pelicans vs. Grizzlies NBA Betting Pick from Scott Spreitzer: October 18th 2017

New Orleans Pelicans vs. Memphis Grizzlies
NBA Betting Pick: Pelicans +2.5 points (October 18th 2017)
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I’m recommending a play on the New Orleans Pelicans plus the points on Wednesday.  We like the inside/outside potential for the Pelicans this season. DeMarcus Cousins joined Anthony Davis inside during last season, but the two will now have had time to develop chemistry with each other and the rest of the squad.  New Orleans won’t have Rajon Rondo (hernia) to start the season, but we have no problem with Jrue Holiday running the show in his absence.

Memphis isn’t the same team we have grown used to over the last several seasons.  Mike Conley and Marc Gasol are still around, but HC David Fizdale will look to open up the offense a little more than recent editions and I do believe it’ll take a couple regular season games before things come together.  The Grizzlies whipped the Pelicans in the final game of the preseason, but I expect different results now that it counts.  The underdog has been the way to go in this series of late and we’ll look for the dog to cash again.  We’re recommending a play on the Pelicans plus the points on Wednesday.  Thanks & GL! Scott Spreitzer.