NBA 11/4/16

Utah +4 (4u) L

The Jazz upset the Spurs in San Antonio on Tuesday and face off again just 3 days later in Utah. George Hill is having his best start to a season of his career, leading Utah to a win in a revenge game against the team that traded him for Kawhi on his draft day. He gets another opportunity to keep his hot streak going against a Spurs team thin on guards with Parker ruled out for tonight's matchup due to a knee injury. Utah's frontcourt proved to be a tough matchup for Aldridge, with Gobert defending the rim and Favors getting healthier. This should be another hard fought, low scoring game for two good defensive teams and I'll take Hill and the Jazz to control the pace of the game and make less mistakes than the Spurs with Mills running the point. 

Miami +7 (2u) L

Miami and Toronto face off in a rematch of the Eastern Conference semifinals series which went to 7 games last season. The Heat have completely changed their look without Wade, Johnson, and Deng, while the Raptors return mostly the same roster from the playoffs. Derozan has had a torrid start to the season but Miami has a good backcourt as well with Dragic/Johnson/Waiters. Carroll hasn't looked completely healthy coming off of his injury, but the real matchup is at the 5 with Whiteside and Valanciunas picking up where they left off from last season. With teams these days favoring the small ball, these two teams still rely on their big men to not only protect the paint but to contribute plenty on the offensive end as well. Toronto is 27th in the league in 3pt% but 6th in FG%, meaning they thrive on attacking the rim. They more than likely won't have the same amount of success scoring inside the perimeter with Whiteside guarding the paint. This is too many points to lay against two teams very familiar with each other, so I'm grabbing the points with the road dog tonight. 

Phoenix +3 (2u) W

Late add. Bledsoe and the Suns really impressed in their matchup against Portland, spreading the ball around and playing some good team ball. Pelicans are a one man team with Davis torching other teams but isn't getting enough support from everyone else, especially their weak and thin bench. Phoenix has a good second unit that could prove to be the difference in tonight's matchup.