Dan Favale | Fri 03/11/2017 - 06:09 EDT

NBA Friday Night Five Favorite Spread Picks

Spreads for each of these five games are taken from TopBet and are accurate as of 12:00 a.m. ET on Nov. 3. Please make sure to double-check lines before placing your bets, as NBA odds are subject to change on game day.

Charlotte Hornets (+2.5) At San Antonio Spurs (-2.5)


The Spurs' Losing Streak Ends Now

Admit it: You don't like the San Antonio Spurs right now.

Kawhi Leonard has yet to make his debut this season while recovering from a quad injury, and no definitive timetable has been given for his return to the team. The Spurs rank 28th in points scored per 100 possessions. The point guard situation is weird and rickety and plagued by inexperience.

And, finally, they're working on the second night of a back-to-back after losing four straight games for the first time since February 2015.

So why take them against a solid Charlotte Hornets team? Because they're at home. And because they haven't lost five games in a row since 2011. And because Gregg Popovich pulled many of his key players at the end of Thursday's loss to the Golden State Warriors, suggesting he's all-in on tonight.

The Pick: San Antonio Spurs (-2.5)

Houston Rockets (-8) At Atlanta Hawks (+8)


Houston Covers On The Road

Despite sporting the NBA's second-worst record, at 1-7, the Atlanta Hawks have played a lot better than expected. Their defense is pleasantly middle of the road, they're playing with more pace, and the front office has assembled a group of guys that will try like hell each and every night.

Talent wins out here, though.

The Houston Rockets are going to be too much for the Hawks, even without Chris Paul. He's been replaced in the starting lineup by Eric Gordon, and that resulting five-man combination is outscoring opponents by a blistering 24.2 points per 100 possessions.

Atlanta is also dealing with a bunch of injuries. DeAndre' Bembry and Ersan Ilyasova will both be taking the game in from the sidelines, and backup point guard Malcolm Delaney is a tipoff-time decision.

Watching the Hawks has been borderline fun, but they've had the easiest schedule to date and still sit at 1-7. We cannot pick them against a Rockets team that doesn't believe in taking nights off.

The Pick: Houston Rockets (-8) 

Miami Heat (+5) At Denver Nuggets (-5)


Ride The Nuggets' Short-Term Wave

Picking against the Miami Heat feels a tad weird here. They are different team with Hassan Whiteside back from his bruised left knee injury, and the Denver Nuggets have been nothing if not consistently inconsistent this season.

At the same time, the Nuggets may have turned a corner. They are 3-1 over their past four games, during which time the've scored like the league's second-best offense and posted a top-six next rating. And while their defense hasn't been great over this stretch, it falls well short of terrible. They can win a bunch of games placing 22nd in points allowed per 100 possessions when they're scoring so efficiently.

Factor in Nikola Jokic's return to complete and utter dominance, along with this game being played in Denver's high-altitude arena, and the decision gets made for us.

The Pick: Denver Nuggets (-5)

Phoenix Suns (+5.5) At New York Knicks (-5)


Embrace The Sunny Side Of The Suns

People will automatically gravitate towards the New York Knicks. And they will be wrong. Dead wrong.

Kristaps Porzingis has been playing out of his mind, the Knicks have been surprisingly competent on the defensive end while guarding pick-and-rolls and protecting the rim, and the Suns are painted as a dumpster fire after canning head coach Earl Watson after three games.

Slow your roll, though. The Suns have been better since he was shown the door. They're 4-1 over their past five games, with a top-eight offense and top-12 defense. And two of these wins, mind you, have come against projected playoff teams (Utah Jazz and Portland Trail Blazers).

The Suns should have no trouble covering the spread against a so-so Knicks squad that may not even have Porzingis, who is listed as a game-time decision due to an illness.

The Pick: Phoenix Suns (+5.5)

Cleveland Cavaliers At Washington Wizards (Pick 'Em)


R.I.P. Cleveland's Losing Streak

Investing in the Cleveland Cavaliers is extremely difficult these days. Like the Spurs, they're in the middle of a four-game losing streak. Unlike the Spurs, not one of these losses was suffered at the hands of a team projected to be in the preseason playoff hunt.

As per usual, the Cavaliers aren't making us feel good about their defense. They rank 29th in points allowed per 100 possessions and are giving up the third-most wide-open threes per game. Given their inconsistent rotation, and Tristan Thompson's current injury, almost all signs point to a letdown against a strong Washington Wizards unit.

Still, we can't bring ourselves to bet against LeBron James. Not here. Not right now. Not as he goes up against what many perceive to be his Cavaliers' greatest Eastern Conference threat.

The Pick: Cleveland Cavaliers

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