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NBA picks against the spread for November 19th

The Damian Lillard injury threw a monkey wrench in our plans for tonight’s four-game slate. Here are my picks against the spread on DraftKings Sportsbook.

New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday talks to referee Ken Mauer in the second half against the Golden State Warriors at Smoothie King Center. Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

We’ve only got four games on tap for Tuesday night, and we’re back at it dishing out the spiciest picks in the bizzz. Well not exactly, but I’m going to take a crack at getting all of these right for once, shorter slates are a bit easier I think.

So off the bat, we’ve got Damian Lillard out for the Portland Trail Blazers tonight in New Orleans against the Pelicans. No Dame certainly hurts the Blazers’ chances are winning, but they brought in reinforcements just in time! Carmelo Anthony is set for his Blazers’ debut after officially signing Tuesday. How much impact will he have? We don’t really know. What we do know is he’ll have at least a few bad possessions that make us wonder what Portland was thinking.

It’s funny that the most exciting matchups on any given slate featured the Memphis Grizzlies, Sacramento Kings and Phoenix Suns. The Grizz get the Warriors at home, though they obviously aren’t the same draw. This may be the most anticipated Suns-Kings matchup in a while with both teams playing relatively well. Anyway, let’s get into some picks against the spread on DraftKings Sportsbook:

Record against the spread last night: 7-2.

Pelicans +1.5 vs. Trail Blazers
Warriors +6 @ Grizzlies
Kings -3 vs. Suns
Thunder +11 @ Lakers

With the injuries to Dame, I think if the Pelicans can get Brandon Ingram or Lonzo Ball into the lineup they have an edge at home getting points. The Grizz generally don’t cover a spread like this. I get it, the Dubs are awful, but Memphis has five wins this season and one has been by more than four points. The Suns could be without Ricky Rubio and Aron Baynes, so trying to capitalize on that. We saw the Thunder play the Clippers tight last night and I think their defense is enough to keep this game close-ish. This is a big spread for the Lakers to cover.

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