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Thursday Night NBA Top Picks (November 2nd, 2023)

Get ready for Thursday Night NBA action with our top picks for November 2nd, 2023. Discover the must-watch games and players to keep an eye on as the excitement unfolds on the court.

Thursday Night NBA Top Picks (November 2nd, 2023)

Orlando Magic vs Utah Jazz

  • Date: Thursday, November 2, 2023
  • Location: Delta Center in Salt Lake City, UT
  • TV: KJZZ

The Orlando Magic (2-2) are traveling to Delta Center on Thursday where they will attempt to beat the Utah Jazz (1-3).

The Magic faced off with the Clippers and went home with a loss by a final score of 118-102 in their last game. In reference to personal fouls, the Magic ended up finishing with 24 while the Clippers accounted for 26 personal fouls. They buried 14 out of their 31 attempts from three-point range. Los Angeles shot 69.6% from the free throw line by making 16 of their 23 tries. Moreover, Los Angeles pulled down 44 rebounds (9 offensive, 35 defensive) and got 3 blocked shots. Los Angeles earned 29 dimes and had 10 steals in the game. With respect to defending, Orlando allowed the other team to shoot 49.4% from the floor on 44 of 89 shooting. They also doled out 23 assists for this game in addition to forcing the opposition into 16 turnovers and earning 9 steals. When discussing rebounding, they earned a total of 40 with 7 of them being offensive. From the free throw line, the Magic buried 19 of 33 shots for a percentage of 57.6%. Orlando wrapped up the contest having earned a 46.9% field goal percentage (38 of 81) and knocked down 7 of their 30 three-point shots.

Paolo Banchero is a guy who was a factor in the game. Banchero ended up going 38.5% from the floor and also recorded 4 assists. He saw the court for 32 mins and also snagged 4 boards. He ended up with 15 points on 5 of 13 shooting.

Orlando heads into this contest with a mark of 2-2 on the campaign. They are giving up possession 14.3 times per game and as a team are committing 20.5 fouls every game. As a unit, Orlando is snagging 46.5 boards per game and has accounted for 92 assists for the season, which is 16th in basketball in terms of passing the ball. The Magic are shooting 30.7% on shots from distance (39 of 127) and 69.7% from the charity stripe. They have an average of 105.8 pts per contest (23rd in the NBA) while shooting 45.0% from the field.

When they are on defense, the Magic are able to force 16.8 turnovers per game while drawing 22.8 fouls. They surrender 34.7% on shots from distance while they are 1st in basketball in points per game from their opponents (101.8). The Magic defensively are allowing an opponent shooting percentage of 45.7% (153 of 335) and they surrender 40.5 rebounds per game as a unit. They are 15th in the NBA in allowing assists to their opponents with 91 relinquished this year.

In their last game, the Jazz walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 110-102 when they played the Nuggets. The Jazz snagged 34 defensive boards and 17 offensive rebounds for a total of 51 for the game. They coughed it up 12 times, while earning 6 steals in this matchup. The Nuggets were called for 14 personal fouls in this matchup which got the Jazz to the free throw line for 15 attempts. They were able to make 7 of those for a rate of 46.7%. In terms of shooting from distance, Utah made 11 out of their 37 attempts (29.7%). When the game finished, the Jazz shot 42 for 98 from the floor which had them sitting at 42.9%. The Jazz permitted the Nuggets to bury 47 of 84 attempts from the field which had them shooting 56.0% in this game. They finished the game shooting 32.1% from beyond the perimeter by connecting on 9 of 28 and finished the game at 7 out of 17 at the free throw line (41.2%). With respect to how they cleaned up the glass, Utah allowed Denver to collect 43 in all (7 offensive).

Lauri Markkanen ended up being a major contributor for the Jazz in this contest. Markkanen tallied 27 points in his 38 mins on the court and had 5 assists in the matchup. He converted 10 out of 24 in this matchup giving him a rate of 41.7%, and accounted for 14 rebounds.

Utah has a win-loss mark of 1-3 for the season. The Jazz are responsible for committing 21.3 personal fouls per contest and they hit 75.6% from the charity stripe. Their rate of dishing out assists is at 26.3 times per contest (11th in basketball) and they turn the ball over 15.0 times per contest. Utah has scored 440 pts this year (110.0 per game) and they collect 48.8 boards per game. As an offensive team, the Jazz are shooting 43.9% from the floor, which ranks 22nd in basketball.

The Jazz on the defensive end are ranked 28th in basketball in PPG given up with 121.0. They are forcing 13.0 TO’s every game and allow teams to shoot 51.7% from the floor (30th in basketball). The Utah defense allows 34.4% on shots from behind the 3-point line (52 of 151) and their opponents are converting on 77.4% of their free throw attempts. They have given up 27.3 assists and 40.8 boards every game, which is ranked 24th and 4th in the NBA.

The Pick: Orlando Magic +1

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

Toronto Raptors vs Philadelphia 76ers

  • Date: Thursday, November 2, 2023
  • Location: Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA
  • TV: NBC Sports Philadelphia

The Toronto Raptors (1-3) will face off against the Philadelphia 76ers (2-1) at Wells Fargo Center on Thursday. Here’s a breakdown of their recent games and key statistics.

In their last game, the Raptors suffered a 99-91 loss against the Trail Blazers. Toronto shot 40.4% from the field, 4 out of 29 on 3-pointers, and 73.3% from the free throw line. They grabbed 47 rebounds, recorded 19 assists, and forced 14 turnovers. Defensively, the Raptors allowed the Trail Blazers to shoot 44.7% from the field. Scottie Barnes stood out with 20 points and 12 rebounds in the game.

Toronto has a season record of 1-3. They average 99.5 points per game while shooting 42.5% from the field. The team’s rebounding average is 47.0 boards per game, and they have recorded 99 assists so far this season. Defensively, the Raptors allow opponents to shoot 41.1% from the field and surrender 51.8 rebounds per game.

On the other hand, the 76ers achieved a dominant 126-98 victory over the Trail Blazers in their last game. Joel Embiid had an outstanding performance with 35 points, 15 rebounds, and 7 assists. Philadelphia currently holds a season record of 2-1, averaging 119.0 points per game and shooting 50.0% from the field.

As for their defensive stats, the 76ers allow opponents to shoot 37.6% from beyond the arc and surrender an average of 107.7 points per game. They force 14.3 turnovers and grab 42.0 rebounds per game.

The Pick: Toronto Raptors +9

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

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San Antonio Spurs vs Phoenix Suns

  • Date: Thursday, November 2, 2023
  • Location: Footprint Center in Phoenix, AZ
  • TV: AZ Family Sports Network

The Phoenix Suns (2-2) host the San Antonio Spurs (2-2) at Footprint Center on Thursday.

The Spurs emerged victorious in their previous match against the Suns, sealing a narrow 115-114 win. San Antonio displayed a strong offensive performance, shooting 46.7% from the field and converting 14 of 37 shots from beyond the arc. They also capitalized on their free throw opportunities, making 15 of 20 attempts. Defensively, the Spurs allowed the Suns to shoot at a 50.6% efficiency. Phoenix recorded 29 assists and 8 steals in the game, along with 43 rebounds. Both teams committed a fair number of fouls, with the Spurs accumulating 17 and the Suns accumulating 18.

Keldon Johnson was instrumental for the Spurs, contributing 27 points on 50.0% shooting and 4 assists in 33 minutes of play.

San Antonio currently holds a 2-2 record this season. They average 110.8 points per game, shooting 46.5% from the field and 33.3% from beyond the arc. The Spurs excel in passing, ranking 4th in the league with 111 assists. However, they struggle with turnovers, averaging 18.5 per game, and commit 20.0 personal fouls per game.

Defensively, the Spurs force 16.3 turnovers per game and draw 20.0 personal fouls. They are ranked 26th in terms of assists allowed with 106 for the season. The team surrenders a shooting percentage of 50.4% and gives up 121.3 points per game, ranking 29th in the NBA.

Phoenix, with a record of 2-2, commits an average of 20.0 personal fouls per game and has a free throw percentage of 83.1%. They are efficient in assisting their teammates, with an average of 24.8 assists per game. However, turnovers are an issue, with the Suns giving up possession 18.3 times per contest. They have scored a total of 443 points this season, shooting 47.4% from the floor.

Defensively, the Suns surrender an average of 105.8 points per game and force 14.5 turnovers per game. They allow opponents to shoot 42.1% from the field and 28.1% from beyond the arc. Phoenix also gives up an average of 43.3 rebounds per game.

Based on the analysis, the recommended parlay prediction for tonight’s game is to take Phoenix to win and for the total points to be under.

The Pick: Phoenix Suns -370 & Under 226

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

Detroit Pistons vs New Orleans Pelicans

  • Date: Thursday, November 2, 2023
  • Location: Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, LA
  • TV: Bally Sports New Orleans

Smoothie King Center is where the New Orleans Pelicans (2-1) will go up against the Detroit Pistons (2-2) on Thursday.

The Pistons took the court against the Thunder and took a loss by a final of 124-112 in their last contest. Detroit finished the contest having earned a 42.9% field goal percentage (39 of 91) and made 15 of their 28 three-point shots. From the free throw line, the Pistons buried 19 of 24 tries for a rate of 79.2%. Regarding hauling in boards, they compiled 41 with 13 of them being on the offensive end. They also recorded 31 dimes for this contest while forcing 15 turnovers and getting 6 steals. When talking about defense, Detroit allowed 53.0% from the field on 44 out of 83 shooting. Oklahoma City recorded 21 dimes and had 9 steals in this matchup. Additionally, Oklahoma City grabbed 44 rebounds (6 offensive, 38 defensive) and added 5 blocks. Oklahoma City ended up going 82.1% when shooting free throws by burying 23 of 28 tries. They made 13 of their 29 shots from distance. In regard to fouls, the Pistons ended up walking away with 25 and the Thunder had 19 fouls.

Jaden Ivey is a player who was a contributor in this matchup. He had 20 points on 7 of 13 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 19 minutes and also snagged 2 rebounds. Ivey finished 53.8% from the field and earned 3 assists.

Detroit enters this contest with a win-loss mark of 2-2 on the season. They turn it over 18.8 times per game and as a squad they commit 23.8 personal fouls per contest. As a unit, Detroit is pulling down 50.8 rebounds per game and has accumulated 116 assists for the season, which is 2nd in the NBA in terms of passing the rock. The Pistons are hitting 40.7% on shots from distance (48 of 118) and 77.4% from the free throw line. They average 110.8 pts per game (17th in basketball) on 46.2% from the field.

When they are on the defensive end, the Pistons have forced 12.0 turnovers per game while drawing 20.0 fouls. They relinquish 36.4% from beyond the arc while they are 10th in the NBA in points per game from their opponents (107.0). The Pistons are giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 43.0% (153 of 356) and they surrender 41.3 boards per contest as a basketball team. They rank 9th in the NBA in giving up assists to the opposition with 79 conceded so far this year.

In their last game, the Pelicans went home defeated by a final of 130-102 against the Warriors. The Pelicans snagged 25 defensive boards and 14 offensive rebounds totaling 39 in this contest. They gave up possession of the ball 11 times, while earning 8 steals for the contest. The Warriors had 21 fouls in the game which took the Pelicans to the charity stripe for 26 tries. They were able to make 16 of the free throw attempts for a percentage of 61.5%. With respect to 3-point attempts, New Orleans converted 10 of their 39 tries (25.6%). When the final whistle blew, the Pelicans walked away from this one shooting 38 out of 93 from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 40.9%. The Pelicans permitted the Warriors to convert 51 out of 98 attempts from the floor which gave them a rate of 52.0% in the matchup. They went 36.6% from beyond the perimeter by going 15 out of 41 and walked away from this one shooting 13 out of 20 from the free throw line (65.0%). In the matter of how they cleaned up the glass, New Orleans allowed Golden State to get 64 in total (21 on the offensive glass).

CJ McCollum ended up being a factor for the Pelicans in this contest. McCollum scored 19 points in his 33 mins of playing time and totaled 5 assists for this game. He knocked down 7 of 21 for this contest giving him a rate of 33.3%, and accumulated 6 rebounds.

New Orleans has a win-loss mark of 2-1 this season. On the offensive side of the ball, the Pelicans are shooting 44.5% from the field, which has them ranked 20th in the NBA. New Orleans has earned 309 points so far this season (103.0 per contest) and they snag 44.7 rebounds per contest. They are getting an assist 21.7 times per game (28th in the league) and they are turning it over 15.0 times per game. The Pelicans are responsible for committing 20.3 fouls per contest and they hit 62.5% from the free throw line.

The Pelicans defensively are ranked 9th in the NBA in points given up per game with 107.0. They have forced 15.7 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 43.7% from the field (7th in the NBA). The New Orleans defense surrenders 28.1% on 3-point shots (34 of 121) and opponents are knocking down 74.1% of their shots from the free throw line. They have surrendered 23.3 assists and 53.3 boards per contest, which ranks 8th and 30th in the NBA.

The Pick: New Orleans Pelicans -7.5

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

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