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Recommended Picks for Friday Night’s NBA Games (November 17th, 2023)

Discover the ultimate Friday night NBA excitement with our top picks for the must-watch games on November 17th, 2023

Recommended Picks for Friday Night’s NBA Games (November 17th, 2023)

Houston Rockets vs Los Angeles Clippers

  • Date: Friday, November 17, 2023
  • Location: Crypto.com A rena in Los Angeles, CA
  • TV: Bally Sports SoCal
  • Odds/Point Spread: Houston (+7)

Odds source: Bovada Sportsbook (USA), Bodog Sportsbook (Canada, LATAM)

The Houston Rockets (6-3) are visiting Crypto.com Arena on Friday where they are anticipated to face off against the Los Angeles Clippers (3-7). Houston opens this game as 7-point underdogs according to Vegas oddsmakers. The total is 224.

The Rockets faced the Nuggets, securing a victory with a score of 107-104 in their last game. Houston concluded with 16 personal fouls, while Denver recorded 20 personal fouls, converting 9 out of 32 attempts from three-point range. When it comes to defense, the Rockets allowed 46.2% from the field on 42 out of 91 shooting. They also dished out 20 assists and collected 45 rebounds. The Clippers took a loss in their most recent game, with the final score being 111-108 when they played the Nuggets. Los Angeles permitted the Nuggets to bury 39 of their 73 tries from the field, shooting 53.4% for the game.

Fred VanVleet finished the game against the Nuggets by shooting 42.9% from the floor and dishing out 4 dimes. Houston is connected on 37.0% of three-point attempts and 74.1% from the charity stripe so far this year. On defense, the Rockets have forced 14.2 turnovers per contest and have allowed assists with 197 surrendered so far this year.

Both teams have had shaky starts this season, with Houston losing possession 12.7 times per game and committing 21.1 fouls per game, while Los Angeles loses possessions 15.8 times per contest and commits 21.9 fouls per contest. The odds for tonight’s NBA game favor Houston with a +7 point spread, while Paul George is crucial for the Clippers, making 13 out of 26 for the game at a rate of 50.0%. Both teams have strengths and weaknesses displayed in their recent games and season performance.

The Pick: Houston Rockets (+7)

Odds source: Bovada Sportsbook (USA), Bodog Sportsbook (Canada, LATAM)

Orlando Magic vs Chicago Bulls

  • Date: Friday, November 17, 2023
  • Location: United Center in Chicago, IL
  • TV: NBC Sports Chicago
  • Odds/Point Spread: Orlando (+3)

Odds source: Bovada Sportsbook (USA), Bodog Sportsbook (Canada, LATAM)

The Chicago Bulls (4-8) will play the Orlando Magic (6-5) at United Center on Friday. Chicago is 3-point favorites. The over/under is 224.

The Magic defeated the Bulls with a score of 96-94 in their recent matchup. Orlando had 21 fouls and Chicago had 25. Chicago made 9 out of 33 three-point shots and converted 19 out of 22 free throws. Additionally, Chicago collected 53 rebounds, which included 3 blocks, and had 16 assists and 7 steals in the game. Orlando allowed their opponent to shoot 39.8% from the floor, had 20 assists, forced 19 turnovers, and had 12 steals. Orlando secured 46 total rebounds, with 12 being offensive, and converted 24 out of 30 free throw attempts. They had a 39.0% field goal percentage and made 8 out of 28 three-point shots.

Paolo Banchero played a critical role in the match, scoring 17 points, shooting at 33.3%, and making 3 assists.

On the whole, Orlando has a 6-5 record for the season, committing 16.1 turnovers and 20.6 fouls per game. They collect 44.6 rebounds per game and have 261 assists so far. The Magic shoot at 32.9% from 3-point range and 75.2% from the free-throw line. Their average points per game is 108.3, with a 44.7% field goal percentage and 35.4% 3-point shot percentage. Defensively, Orlando forces 17.4 turnovers and concedes 35.4% on 3-point shots.

Chicago, on the other hand, has a 4-8 record for the season, committing 20.1 fouls per game and shooting at an 80.5% free-throw rate. They have 22.1 assists per contest, are turning over the ball 11.8 times per game, and have accumulated 1,302 points. The Bulls shoot at 44.0% from the field and concede 112.3 points per game.

The Pick: Orlando Magic (+3)

Odds source: Bovada Sportsbook (USA), Bodog Sportsbook (Canada, LATAM)

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Los Angeles Lakers vs Portland Trail Blazers

  • Date: Friday, November 17, 2023
  • Location: Moda Center in Portland, OR
  • TV: ROOT Sports
  • Odds/Point Spread: Los Angeles (-4)

Odds source: Bovada Sportsbook (USA), Bodog Sportsbook (Canada, LATAM)

The Portland Trail Blazers (3-8) will try to defeat the Los Angeles Lakers (6-6) at Moda Center on Friday. Portland opens this game as 4-point dogs. The total is set at 228.

The Lakers faced off with the Kings and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 125-110 in their last contest. Los Angeles finished with a 50.6% field goal percentage (42 of 83) and knocked down 11 of their 29 3-pointers. From the charity stripe, the Lakers converted 15 of 19 attempts for a percentage of 78.9%. Regarding rebounding, they compiled 43 with 7 of them being of the offensive variety…

Los Angeles enters this one with a win-loss mark of 6-6 for the year. They are giving up possession 14.6 times per contest and as a basketball team they are committing 18.4 personal fouls on a nightly basis. As a unit, Los Angeles is pulling down 43.6 boards per game and has accounted for 304 assists for the year, which is 7th in basketball in terms of passing. The Lakers are connecting on 34.3% on 3-pointers (121 of 353) and 77.1% from the charity stripe. They average 112.8 points per contest (17th in basketball) while hitting 48.6% from the floor…

On the defensive end, the Lakers are forcing 14.3 turnovers per game and they draw 21.3 fouls. They are conceding 37.3% from beyond the arc and they are 22nd in the league in PPG allowed (115.9). The Lakers are giving up a field goal percentage of 46.4% (528 of 1,138) and they surrender 45.7 rebounds per contest as a unit…

In their last game, the Trail Blazers took a loss by a score of 109-95 when they faced the Cavaliers. When talking about cleaning up the glass, Portland allowed Cleveland to snag 47 in total (7 offensive). They went 30.0% from distance by shooting 9 of 30 and finished the game at 16 out of 21 from the free throw line (76.2%). The Trail Blazers permitted the Cavaliers to bury 42 out of 75 attempts from the field which left them with a shooting percentage of 56.0% for this contest…

Portland has a record of 3-8 on the campaign. On the offensive side of the ball, the Trail Blazers are connecting on 43.2% from the field, which is ranked 29th in the NBA. Portland has totaled 1,152 pts on the season (104.7 per game) and they pull in 42.5 boards per contest. They are dishing out assists 21.9 times per contest (30th in the league) and they turn it over 16.0 times per contest…

The Pick: Portland Trail Blazers (+4)

Odds source: Bovada Sportsbook (USA), Bodog Sportsbook (Canada, LATAM)

Sacramento Kings vs San Antonio Spurs

  • Date: Friday, November 17, 2023
  • Location: Frost Bank Center in San Antonio, TX
  • TV: Bally Sports Southwest-San Antonio
  • Odds/Point Spread: Sacramento (-2)

Odds source: Bovada Sportsbook (USA), Bodog Sportsbook (Canada, LATAM)

The Sacramento Kings (6-4) are traveling to Frost Bank Center on Friday where they will take on the San Antonio Spurs (3-8). San Antonio opens as 2-point underdogs. The over/under has been set at 228.

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The Kings earned a 125-110 victory against the Lakers in their last game. They made 11 out of 29 shots from 3-point range and earned 43 total rebounds. Sabonis was the standout performer, scoring 29 points and pulling down 16 rebounds.

Sacramento will enter this game with a win-loss mark of 6-4 on the season. They are averaging 114.6 pts per contest and are currently ranked 10th in basketball.

In their last game, the Spurs were defeated by the Thunder by a score of 123-87. Champagnie was important for the Spurs in this contest, totaling 13 points and 3 dimes for the game.

San Antonio has a win-loss record of 3-8. They have scored 1,217 points this season and are currently averaging 110.6 per game. On defense, the Spurs are ranked 30th in the NBA in PPG given up with 124.1.

The Pick: San Antonio Spurs (+2)

Odds source: Bovada Sportsbook (USA), Bodog Sportsbook (Canada, LATAM)

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Phoenix Suns vs Utah Jazz

  • Date: Friday, November 17, 2023
  • Location: Delta Center in Salt Lake City, UT
  • TV: KJZZ
  • Odds/Point Spread: Phoenix (-3)

Odds source: Bovada Sportsbook (USA), Bodog Sportsbook (Canada, LATAM)

The Phoenix Suns (5-6) are headed to Delta Center on Friday where they will go up against the Utah Jazz (4-7). Utah opens as 3-point dogs. The total has been set at 226.

The Suns faced off with the Timberwolves and earned the victory with a final of 133-115 in their last contest. In reference to personal fouls, the Suns ended up finishing with 21 while the Timberwolves finished the game with 14 personal fouls. They also knocked down 5 of their 27 tries from beyond the perimeter. Minnesota finished the contest at 92.9% at the free throw line by knocking down 26 of 28 attempts. Moreover, Minnesota totaled 40 rebounds (16 offensive, 24 defensive) and earned 4 rejections. Minnesota distributed 18 dimes and had 8 steals for the matchup. Pertaining to defense, Phoenix allowed the other team to go 45.7% from the field on 42 of 92 shooting. They also distributed 31 dimes for this contest while creating 6 turnovers and getting 1 steal. When discussing getting rebounds, they compiled 32 with 5 of them being offensive. At the charity stripe, the Suns converted 14 of their 15 attempts for a rate of 93.3%. Phoenix ended the game with a 60.0% FG percentage (51 out of 85) and buried 17 of their 31 3-pointers.

Devin Booker is a guy who was a contributor in the matchup. He recorded 31 points on 12 of 22 shooting. He played 26 mins played and also totaled 4 rebounds. Booker finished 54.5% from the field and distributed 5 dimes.

Phoenix will enter this game with a mark of 5-6 this season. They are losing possession via turnover 16.1 times per game and as a squad are committing 18.5 fouls on a nightly basis. As a unit, Phoenix is collecting 45.4 boards per game and has earned 281 assists for the year, which has them ranked 12th in basketball in terms of passing the ball. The Suns are connecting on 37.8% from downtown (141 of 373) and 82.5% from the charity stripe. They are averaging 113.7 pts per contest (14th in the league) while shooting 46.7% from the field.

When they are on defense, the Suns are forcing 12.7 turnovers per contest while drawing 20.7 fouls. They are relinquishing 34.0% from 3-point land and they are 16th in the league in opponents points per game (112.4). The Suns defense is allowing a FG percentage of 45.9% (458 of 997) and they surrender 41.2 boards per game as a squad. They rank 12th in the league in giving up assists with 278 relinquished on the campaign.

In their last game, the Jazz got the victory with a final of 115-99 when they faced the Trail Blazers. The Jazz were able to snag 36 defensive rebounds and 16 offensive boards totaling 52 in the game. They gave up possession of the ball 12 times, while earning 11 steals for the game. The Trail Blazers earned 15 fouls in this matchup which got the Jazz to the charity stripe for 15 attempts. They were able to knock down 14 of those for a clip of 93.3%. In terms of 3-point attempts, Utah made 13 of 43 tries (30.2%). When this game wrapped up, the Jazz ended up going 44 for 95 from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 46.3%. The Jazz permitted the Trail Blazers to knock down 37 of their 88 attempts from the floor which had them at 42.0% in this matchup. They finished 31.4% from three-point range by going 11 out of 35 and finished the game at 14 of 20 from the charity stripe (70.0%). When talking about rebounding, Utah allowed Portland to collect 43 in total (13 offensive).

Jordan Clarkson ended up having an impact for the Jazz for the game. Clarkson tallied 30 points in his 33 minutes on the court and had 3 assists for the game. He made 13 out of 19 in this game for a field goal percentage of 68.4%, and added 1 rebound.

Utah has a mark of 4-7 for the campaign. The Jazz are committing 20.5 personal fouls per contest and they hit 80.7% from the charity stripe. They are getting an assist 27.2 times per game (8th in the league) and they turn it over 18.0 times per game. Utah has totaled 1,254 pts for the campaign (114.0 per contest) and they average 47.4 boards per game. As an offense, the Jazz are connecting on 46.1% from the floor, which ranks 20th in the league.

The Jazz on defense are ranked 26th in basketball in points allowed per contest with 119.5. They are able to force 13.1 turnovers on a nightly basis and have allowed teams to shoot 48.5% from the field (24th in the league). The Utah defense allows 35.1% from downtown (146 of 416) and their opponents are converting on 77.7% of their free throw shots. They have relinquished 25.8 assists and 41.2 rebounds on a nightly basis, which ranks 16th and 4th in basketball.

The Pick: Phoenix Suns (-3)

Odds source: Bovada Sportsbook (USA), Bodog Sportsbook (Canada, LATAM)

Denver Nuggets vs New Orleans Pelicans

  • Date: Friday, November 17, 2023
  • Location: Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, LA
  • TV: Bally Sports New Orleans
  • Odds/Point Spread: Denver (-1)

Odds source: Bovada Sportsbook (USA), Bodog Sportsbook (Canada, LATAM)

The New Orleans Pelicans (5-6) host the Denver Nuggets (9-2) at Smoothie King Center on Friday. New Orleans opens this matchup as 1-point dogs. The over/under is set at 230.

The Nuggets took the court against the Clippers and went home with a win by a final score of 111-108 in their last game. Regarding fouls, the Nuggets left the arena with 19 and the Clippers totaled 24 fouls. They also buried 13 out of their 29 attempts from distance. Los Angeles ended up shooting 87.5% when shooting free throws by converting 21 of 24 attempts. On top of that, Los Angeles pulled down 42 rebounds (14 offensive, 28 defensive) and had 2 rejections. Los Angeles dished out 21 assists and had 10 steals for this contest. With regard to defense, Denver allowed their opponent to shoot 43.0% from the floor on 37 out of 86 shooting. They also doled out 26 assists for the game as well as creating 10 turnovers and getting 4 steals. Pertaining to pulling down rebounds, they collected 36 with 6 of them being on the offensive end. When they shot from the free throw line, the Nuggets converted 25 of 32 attempts for a rate of 78.1%. Denver walked away from the game with a 53.4% field goal percentage (39 out of 73) and knocked down 8 of 23 shots from 3-point land.

Nikola Jokic is a guy who played a role for the contest. Jokic ended up shooting 34.8% from the floor and also recorded 9 assists. He saw the court for 36 minutes and also totaled 16 boards. He ended up finishing with 32 points on 8 of 23 shooting.

Denver heads into this one with a mark of 9-2 for the year. They are averaging 114.5 pts per contest (11th in basketball) while going 50.5% from the field. The Nuggets are connecting on 35.6% on shots from 3-point land (126 of 354) and 71.9% from the charity stripe. As a unit, Denver is collecting 44.6 rebounds per game and has accumulated 320 assists on the year, which has them ranked 5th in the NBA in terms of passing. They are turning it over 13.3 times per game and as a basketball team they commit 18.2 personal fouls per contest.

On defense, the Nuggets are forcing their opponents into 12.5 turnovers every game and they draw 18.8 fouls. They rank 5th in basketball in giving up assists to their opponents with 258 surrendered on the year. The Nuggets defense is giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 44.6% (431 of 967) and they surrender 42.2 boards per game as a unit. They surrender 33.5% on shots from beyond the arc while they are 5th in the league in points per game allowed (106.3).

In their last game, the Pelicans got the victory with a final of 131-110 when they faced the Mavericks. In regard to rebounds, New Orleans permitted Dallas to grab 45 in total (16 on the offensive glass). They wrapped up this game 33.3% from distance by shooting 14 out of 42 and finished the game at 20 out of 26 from the free throw line (76.9%). The Pelicans permitted the Mavericks to convert 38 of 90 attempts from the floor which gave them a percentage of 42.2% in this matchup. Overall, the Pelicans finished shooting 49 out of 94 from the field which gave them a rate of 52.1%. Concerning shooting from beyond the arc, New Orleans converted 14 of 38 tries (36.8%). They were able to make 19 of the free throw tries for a percentage of 73.1%. The Mavericks were called for 16 personal fouls for this game which took the Pelicans to the charity stripe for 26 tries. They gave up possession of the ball 12 times, while getting 17 steals for the contest. The Pelicans collected 30 defensive boards and 12 offensive rebounds totaling 42 in the game.

Jordan Hawkins ended up being a factor for the Pelicans in this game. He made 8 of 17 in this matchup giving him a field goal percentage of 47.1%, and accounted for 6 rebounds. Hawkins accumulated 25 points in his 33 mins on the court and accumulated 3 assists in this contest.

New Orleans has a mark of 5-6 on the year. The Pelicans are committing 20.1 fouls every game and they hit 73.9% from the free throw line. They are getting an assist 23.8 times per contest (24th in the league) and they lose possession via turnover 14.4 times per game. New Orleans has 1,222 pts so far this year (111.1 per game) and they pull in 44.2 boards per game. On the offensive side of the court, the Pelicans are connecting on 45.9% from the floor, which is ranked 21st in the league.

The New Orleans defense surrenders 32.3% on 3-point attempts (142 of 440) and their opponents are connecting on 77.6% of their shots from the free throw line. They have surrendered 26.5 dimes and 48.3 rebounds on a nightly basis, which ranks them 20th and 28th in the league. The Pelicans are ranked 20th in the league in points per game surrendered with 115.6. They are able to force 14.0 turnovers on a nightly basis and allow teams to shoot 46.1% from the field (13th in the NBA).

The Pick: New Orleans Pelicans (+1)

Odds source: Bovada Sportsbook (USA), Bodog Sportsbook (Canada, LATAM)

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