Slim Pickings In Thursday NBA Betting Action
Thursday night is normally the quietest night for NBA action and this week this is really the case with just two games to look forward to. There was plenty of action on Wednesday night to look back on, and there is plenty more NBA action to come in the rest of the week, but Thursday offers quality as opposed to quantity.
Wednesday night provided plenty of teams the chance to improve their record, but of course, not every team was up to the task. The Celtics lost on the road again, downed 96-87 in Charlotte while the Pacers were outpaced at home by the Clippers, the score ending up 96-103. The Bulls were in command against the Nets, winning by 105-80 and the Timberwolves beat the Trail Blazers by a score of 90-82. The Nuggets trounced the Heat 102-82 while the Magic narrowly lost at home to the Wizards, the final score being 89-91.
The 76ers returned to losing ways in Atlanta, the Hawks triumphing 95-79 while the Mavericks enjoyed a thrilling 112-107 win against the Pelicans. The Spurs defeated the Knicks 109-95 while the Warriors took care of the Rockets by a score of 105-93.
Cleveland Cavaliers @ Oklahoma City Thunder
The Cavs are up to a 13-7 record, with a 6-3 record away from home while the Thunder holds an 8-13 record with a 5-5 stance at home. At first glance, this should be another match where the Cavs show what they are all about but there are still lingering doubts about the robustness of the Cavaliers. The thing is though, this shows you how poor their start was because whisper it, the Cavs are on an 8 game winning streak, and they are finally starting to show their strength this season. Mind you, the Thunder are on a 3 game winning run, so something will have to give in this match.
You can’t keep James out of the news and he caused a bit of a rumpus when he posed for a picture with the touring UK Royals and dared to put his hand on Kate’s shoulder. Centuries of entitlement means that the Royal family believes that a “commoner” should never touch them in this manner, so it was good to see James breaking with protocol and causing the workshy Royals and the tawdry British tabloids to get a little bit worked up over nothing. Mind you, not many people would appreciate a sweaty basketball player getting up close and personal after they played a big match.
That incident happened after the Monday night against the Nets but it didn’t bother James or the Cavs, as the Tuesday night win against the Raptors proved. James grabbed 35 points in the 105-101 thrilling win.
As far as we know, Kevin Durant or the Thunder haven’t annoyed the Royal family or the British tabloids of late, but he and the team certainly managed to get under the skin of the Bucks on Tuesday. Durant grabbed 23 points in the 114-101 win against the team from Milwaukee.
Both teams have a couple of minor concerns to contend with coming into this match. Mike Miller is a big doubt for the Cavs while Matthew Dellavedova is also a concern. For Oklahoma City, Mitch McGarry is the player causing most concern.
With the Cavs available with a +2.5 handicap at odds of 1.90, taking the away team in this match is likely to be a sensible idea. Bet Now!
Houston Rockets @ Sacramento Kings
The Rockets hold a 16-5 record, with an 8-2 record away from home, while the Kings sit on an 11-11 record, with a 6-5 home record. Both of the teams are coming into this game on the back of a loss, and there will be a desire on both sides to return to winning ways.
The Kings only have big concerns over DeMarcus Cousins but the Rockets have a number of players that they are worried about. Players like Terrence Jones, Isaiah Canaan and Dwight Howard are all a worry while James Harden and Francisco Garcia are being monitored on a day to day basis.
The Rockets were unquestionably poor against the Warriors, who are on a great run of form, on Wednesday but James Harden showed great strength in battling against back spasms to grab a game high of 34 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Harden will be the first to say he was far from his best in the 105-93 loss but if he can get back to full fitness, he is likely to be a big asset for the team. The Kings lost 98-95 away to the Lakers on Tuesday and the absence of DeMarcus Cousins was a big factor in the narrow defeat.
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With just two games to contend with on Thursday night, you may bemoan the lack of NBA basketball action, but you can rest assured that there are plenty of options to keep you betting and watching over the weekend. On Friday, the Wizards welcome the Clippers, the Celtics play host to the Knicks, the Hawks are at home to the Magic and the Grizzlies are at home to the Hornets. The Pelicans play host to the Cavs and the Suns are at home to the Pistons.
You will also find the Trail Blazers heading to Chicago, the 76ers playing in Brooklyn, the Pacers travelling to Toronto, the Thunder playing away to the Timberwolves, the Heat playing in Utah and the Lakers heading to San Antonio. In short, if you are worried about a lack of action for Thursday, sit back, relax and know that Friday is going to be a brilliant day of NBA basketball.