NBA + NHL Predictions, Basketball, 7 November 2022

Los Angeles Lakers vs Cleveland Cavaliers:

BET ON OVER 214.5 (1.40).

While the Lakers have been playing above-average defense this season (6th in defensive efficiency), the Over is 3-0 in their last 3 games. I expect a high-scoring matchup between these teams as the Over is 13-4 in the last 17 head-to-head meetings and 9-0 in Los Angeles’ last 9 games vs. a team with a winning record dating back to last season.

Grizzlies vs Washington Wizards:

BET MEMPHIS -4.5 (1.40).

While it might seem like a lot of points calling almost a double-digit victory, Memphis will be at home with the Wizards down their best player. Three of the Grizzlies’ 5 wins have been by double figures.

They are also the best offensive rebounding team in the league. Where Washington can’t keep up is just straight-up efficient with the Grizzlies 10th in effective field goal rate and the Wizards 21st.

Los Angeles Clippers vs Utah Jazz:

BET UTAH JAZZ +9.5 (1.40).

The Clippers have 3 straight wins and 5 on the season, but their 5 wins are against teams that are all .500 and below. The best team they have beaten are the 5-5 Spurs.

The Jazz are 3-3 on the road this season, but are healthier than the Clippers. The are 5th in the league in scoring, putting up 117.0 points per game, while the Clippers are the league’s worst offense, scoring 102.3 points per game.

Anaheim Ducks vs Florida Panthers:

BET ON OVER 6 (1.56)

Two teams traveling on the second night of a back-to-back is the perfect recipe for a high-scoring game. That puts two backup goaltenders between the pipes, and the Ducks have been allowing goals as if they’re playing golf and the lowest score wins. They’ve allowed the most per game so far, and that’s with starter John Gibson starting nearly every game. Gibson will have the pressure on him with a Panthers team that takes nearly 40 shots per game.