NBA 11/7/16

Philadelphia +6.5 (4u)

Utah begins its 5 game road trip with a road/road back to back and take on the winless Sixers in Philly. Embiid is having a monster start to the season considering his minutes restriction and his ability to stretch the floor should prove to be important against Utah's talented frontcourt duo. Philly almost pulled off a massive upset against Cleveland on Saturday, but fell short due to some controversial calls in the final minute. This is a much improved Sixers team than last year and should be picking up some wins as their rotations get settled and their younger players gain some valuable experience. 

Miami +6 (3u)

Waiters returns to OKC for his revenge game after spending the last season with the Thunder. OKC relies on a lot of production from its big men, but Whiteside has had a hot start with five double-doubles to start the season and is a matchup nightmare for Adams and Kanter. His elite defense in the paint should force the Thunder to take more outside shots, which OKC is severely lacking. With Richardson coming back from his knee injury and helping out on the defensive end, and Tyler Johnson playing well with the second string and making his 6MOY case, I like this Miami team to keep it close in OKC tonight. 

Washington -1.5 (3u)

Harden has been putting up MVP caliber stats as the primary ball handler for Houston and needs to keep it up tonight during a tough stretch of road games. The Rockets are leading the NBA in 3pt attempts with a whopping 35.3 shots per game, but face a pair of solid perimeter defenders in Wall and Beal. Wall should be rested and good to go after a DNP-Rest against Orlando for precautionary measures after his knee procedures. Both teams feature a weak bench that has been exposed early and often this season, which should be the x-factor in tonight's matchup.

Orlando +7 (2u)

The Magic are coming off of 3 straight wins after starting 0-3 to face a Chicago team coming off of 3 straight losses after starting 3-0. Everyone wondered what the Bulls' identity and rotations were going to look like and although they've had a hot start, it's clear they're going need a lot of time to get settled in with their entirely new look roster. Orlando is extremely young but has a ton of talent and depth, and they could steal one in Chicago tonight.