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Today's Best NBA Bets: Odds, lines & picks For Saturday, Nov. 12 – Sporting News

There are eight games on Thursday’s NBA slate, so bettors have plenty of opportunities for action. Some of tonight’s most intriguing lines are in the Rockets-Pelicans, Nets-Clippers, and Jazz-Wizards games, and the betting experts from BetQL have sorted through all of the odds to help you find the best wagers.
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The Rockets will take a trip to the Big Easy to take on the Pelicans on Saturday night, and believe it or not, this could be one of the better betting spots on this slate. You wouldn’t think that for a game that involves the Rockets, who might be the worst team in the NBA, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find valuable bets on their games. Just don’t watch the game. It will probably make your eyes hurt. Houston is a very bad basketball team in almost every way. They are 26th in the NBA in scoring defense, giving up 117.8 points per game. They are also ranked 20th in scoring offense, averaging 110.3 points per game so far.
New Orleans has Zion Williamson, the former Duke superstar, who has been in and out of the lineup since he was drafted. He’s finally healthy, it seems, and he has been dominating in his return to the court. The Pelicans don’t have the best record in the world, but seeing Zion play the way he is it’s encouraging for their future. I think they have been better than this record indicates, and they should be a playoff team this season. The offense is ranked eighth in the NBA in points scored at a whopping 116.3 per contest.
PICK: Give me New Orleans to lay the hammer down and cover at home. That offense should cook against a really bad Rockets defense, and no one will be able to stop Zion. The guy is too powerful and too good for anyone on Houston.
Don’t look now, but the Nets and Clippers have been on a roll lately. The Nets have won three of their past five games, so maybe that ridiculous circus show going on in the front office and all this stuff with Kyrie Irving have made them start to play better basketball. Or maybe Steve Nash getting fired helped them as much as it helped him, as I’m sure he’s on a beach somewhere sipping his millions of dollars away. Good for him. The Clippers have no idea who they will have on the court daily until about five minutes before tip-off, so make sure to check the injury report before you place a bet on this game.
Paul George is the main man for the Clippers, with Kawhi Leonard seemingly never playing basketball games for various reasons. The Nets will have a hard time stopping him, but the rest of the team hasn’t been much of a threat. They struggle on offense at times but their defense is legit and should limit Kevin Durant so that he doesn’t crush them. They won’t shut him down, but maybe slow him down a little.
PICK: I actually like the Nets here. I think they are about to go on a little run, and I’ll gladly take the two points with them. Especially since we don’t know what the Clippers will do on a nightly basis with their players.
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Two teams I certainly didn’t think I would be excited about watching; meet when the Jazz travel to our nation’s capital to take on the Wizards. The Jazz ownership has to be pretty miffed about how their team is playing right now; 10-3 to start the year is not something anyone envisioned. Most thought this team would be a cellar dweller, in line for the No. 1 overall pick in the NBA Draft. Lauri Markkanan has made sure that won’t be the case, as he has broken out as a player in Utah. I’m happy for Lauri personally as a Bulls fan. He never really got a fair chance here with some really bad coaching and an awful roster. Now he’s tearing it up for the Jazz, and he could be a great trade piece at the deadline for them. This team desperately wants to tank, so he is ruining that for them.
The Wizards are a team I was mildly high on at the beginning of the season. Bradley Beal and Kyle Kuzma are two players I really like, and they play well together on the floor. I think they have the potential to be a playoff team in the Eastern Conference this season, but they need to step it up in some areas of their game. Outside of Beal, Kuzma, and Kristaps Porzingis, they don’t have many threats. They rank 29th in the NBA in scoring, which is a series issue. They need to find production out of some other players to contend. However, keep in mind that Beal and Porzingis both missed the last game, so their status is very important.
PICK: It’s hard to pick against the Jazz right now, and I’m not going to tonight. Washington is a team that can improve, but Utah is just better right now.



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