Eight game slate in the NBA this Sunday, the 27th of November and as always, we have you covered with a preview for the key games below.
NBA Sunday Picks
Washington Wizards at Boston Celtics
TD Garden, 6.00pm (ET)
We are around a quarter of the way through the season and the Celtics have looked arguably the team to beat in the Eastern Conference so far. They have a 15-4 record and sit atop the conference, having won two in a row and maintaining a dominant 8-1 home record. They have the No.1 ranked offense in the league, averaging 119.8 points per game on the back of MVP candidate Jayson Tatum.
The Wizards are overachieving in the eyes of many pundits so far this season, currently maintaining a 10-9 record and sitting in 6th place in the Eastern Conference. They are the 2nd lowest scoring team in the league at just 108.3 points per game but have a top eight defense in the league, led by star big man Kristaps Porzingus, who ranks 11th in the league in defensive win shares and 18th in defensive rating.
The Celtics start as 7 point favourites at home, which seems about right given the ease at which they have been scoring the ball lately. I like the overs here though. Sure, the Wizards have had a strong defense this season but they are coming off allowing 111.5 points per game in back to back games against the Heat. I think the Celtics put up 120+ here.
Dallas Mavericks at Milwaukee Bucks
Fiserv Forum, 8.00pm (ET)
The game of the night sees the Bucks hosting the Mavericks as two of the top MVP contenders in Luka Doncic and Giannis Antetokounmpo go head to head. The Bucks have been flying to start the season, currently sitting in 2nd place in the Eastern Conference with a 13-5 record. Giannis is averaging a career best 31.0 points through the early parts of the season including 11.4 rebounds and 5.5 assists.
On the other side of the ball, Luke Doncic leads the league in scoring, averaging 34.0 per game as well as 8.1 assists and 9.0 rebounds. He’s desperate for some mroe help on this Mavericks squad though, as they currently have a 9-9 record and sit in 11th place in the West.
Hard to look past the Bucks at home. I thought this line would be higher than six points but the absence of some role players in Pat Connaughton and Serge Ibaka has likely brought that line in a point or two. At the end of the day though, a healthy Giannis is all the Bucks need on any given night, and they come up against a Mavs side that is a league worst 4-12-1 against the spread this season.