NBA Week 5 in review

A review of the key storylines happening around the NBA and how it will affect teams into the future.

Oddschecker
Sat, 18 Nov, 12:25 AM

 

Boston continues to roll

 

Boston has extended its win streak to 15 as they dispatched the Hawks on Sunday. Coach Stevens has the team primed in Hayward’s absence where many thought they would struggle without their marquee forward.

 

Boston’s 14th straight win came over the Warriors at home where their stifling defence really troubled the Warriors normally fluid offense.

 

This win streak isn’t enough to prove that Boston will come away with rings, but it has proven that they are still a more than competent team whilst missing some stars.

 

Future Best Bet: Boston Celtics to win the Eastern Conference

 

Bullrush to the bottom

 

These Chicago Bulls look nothing like your daddy’s Chicago Bulls. Their limp offensive output has become a defining factor in what will be a lost season. They’re currently flirting with the worst free throw rate in modern league history as well. Now that’s inexcusable.

 

Lauri Markkanen was a good pick up and will go on to impress in seasons to come. Unfortunately the lack of substantial guard play has his efforts being read too easily.

 

If anyone has stock in the Bulls, whether it is in fantasy league, futures bets or anything in between. Try and offload it… like yesterday.

 

Detroit Basketball

 

Well, well, Detroit basketball is back baby! The Pistons currently sit in the Eastern Conference’s second position and a 10-5 record and a home record of 7-1.

 

Tobias Harris is living up to why Detroit traded for him in the first place. Harris is averaging just under 20 ppg and contributing on the boards as well. Jackson is dishing assists, Bradley is getting points and Drummond is leaving marks on the boards and in defence.

 

This team is set up in a very traditional manner but they still have room for improvement, particularly on the road and in their bench performances.

 

Future Best Bet: Detroit Pistons to win Central Division

 

Upcoming tips - Wednesday

Cleveland Cavaliers @ Detroit Pistons

 

The Cavaliers travel to Motown to take on the Detroit Pistons.

 

The Cavs have underwhelmed this season whilst the Pistons are in red-hot form. The Pistons at home have been money and no doubt Detroit’s recent poor road performances will edge the line in our favour.

 

Avery Bradley can lock down and score on anyone Cleveland puts at the 2-guard position.

 

Look to take the Pistons with anything better than a +3 line.

 

Best Bet: Detroit Pistons +3 or better

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