NBA 11/2/16

Phoenix +3 (3u) W

This might be a winless Phoenix team but they've played some good teams so far this season. They had a lead at one point in the 4th quarter against the Warriors where they lost by 2 possessions and took OKC to overtime on the road. Booker apparently looked good during shootaround and should play tonight, who along with Knight, have a tall task to slow down the Portland backcourt duo who were tested last night against the splash brothers. The Blazers are coming off of a back to back where they got blown out by Golden State and come to Phoenix in a letdown spot to start their road trip. This may be a inexperienced Phoenix squad that's been prone to making mental mistakes and not taking care of the ball, but the young talent is there and I like them to upset Portland to grab their first win of the season tonight. 

Brooklyn +4 (2u) W

This is already my 3rd time backing Brooklyn this season, with the Nets winning their first three games against the spread before getting manhandled against Chicago. Their defense has always been a liability but I think they'll be making improvements quickly on both sides of the court as they figure out their rotations with a new point guard in charge. Brooklyn has been launching an absurd number of 3's, leading the league in 3's attempted, but not hitting them at a high clip. They should fare a little better tonight where Detroit does well in rim protection but not as well at defending the perimeter. The Nets are currently top 3 in the league in offensive rebounds while being one of the fastest paced teams in the league, which should give them plenty of opportunities to score second chance baskets and keep this game close at home.