Thursday Night NBA Action
Wednesday night is usually a big night in the NBA and this week was no exception. There were plenty of big games taking place and there were a number of scores that would catch your eye.
The Spurs grabbed a great away win in Charlotte, defeating the Hornets by a score of 93-98. The Grizzlies were also winners on the road, defeating the Nets in Brooklyn by a score of 92-103. The Pelicans also won away from home, defeating the Pistons in Detroit, with a score of 94-105 placing the Pistons revival back a step or two. There was also an away win in Chicago when the Bulls slumped to a home defeat at the hands of the Washington Wizards, the final score ending 99-105.
The Golden State Warriors managed to bring some respectability to the home teams with a 104-89 win over the Miami Heat. The Magic won at home, defeating the Rockets by a score of 120-113 and the Raptors were also home winners, defeating the 76ers by a score of 100-84. The Celtics lost out at home, being defeated by the Hawks by a score of 91-105.
The Denver Nuggets grabbed a big win against the Mavericks, the home side defeating the team from Dallas by a score of 114-107. The Clippers grabbed a win on the road, defeating the Trail Blazers in Portland by a score of 94-110.
After all that action, there is a need to take a breather and the Thursday night line-up in the NBA isn’t jam-packed with games. However, there are still enough games for you to take an interest in if you are looking for some basketball betting action, and there is something very different about one of the games that is being played.
New York Knicks @ Milwaukee Bucks
The Knicks come into this game with a rather sorry record, standing at 5-35 while they travel to Milwaukee to take on a Bucks side that hold a 20-19 record at this stage of the campaign. You could argue that both teams could do with a change of scenery and this is exactly what is on offer here, as the game will be taking place in London. This means that there will be a high novelty value about the game, and there will be a chance for NBA fans in London, the UK and Europe to get along and see a game in full flow. The NFL has found success in London of late and there will be a great deal of interest in seeing if the NBA can tap into this market as well.
The Knicks expect to welcome back Carmelo Anthony in this game, and when you consider that they have been 0-10 when he has been absent this campaign, they will be desperate to get him back out on to the court. The Knicks lost out 110-82 in Charlotte on Saturday and the Bucks lost in Chicago by a score of 95-87 on the same night.
This game is going to be a very difficult one to call as there are so many variables involved but given the poor form of the Knicks, you have to say that taking the Bucks with a modest positive handicap is likely to be a safe bet. Bet Now!
Oklahoma City Thunder @ Houston Rockets
The Thunder come into this game with an 18-19 record (with a 7-12 record away from home) and the fact that they head to Houston to face the Rockets who hold a 27-12 (with a 13-6 record at home) record isn’t going to be doing them a lot of good with respect to feeling confident about winning this one.
The Rockets won four games in a row until losing out 120-113 in Orlando on Wednesday whereas the Thunder have been free since their 99-95 win against the Utah Jazz on Friday. The Thunder weren’t exactly flowing before the break but that win and an intensive period of training has lifted the spirits of the players, which could see them in the mood for this clash. The Rockets hold a 4-1 record coming into this game while the Thunder have a 3-2 record in their last five games.
Mitch McGary is expected to be out for the Thunder while Dwight Howard is being monitored closely by the Rockets. Taking the Thunder with a +1.5 handicap, and odds of 1.90, is likely to be a sensible bet on Thursday. Bet Now!
Cleveland Cavaliers @ Los Angeles Lakers
With the Cavaliers having lost six games in a row, and 9 games out of 10, their 19-20 record sees them sitting in sixth place in the Eastern Conference. However, they take on the Lakers, a team with a 12-27 record, so this might be the game where the Cavs finally start to turn things around again. Mind you, how many times has that been said about the Cavaliers in this campaign?
LeBron James returned from injury on Tuesday night in the loss away to Phoenix, losing by 107-100 and he offered up 33 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists in the game. The Lakers were home losers on Tuesday night, defeated narrowly by the Miami Heat in a game that ended 75-78. Neither team has great form behind them at the moment but it may well be that LeBron can make all the difference.
The bookmakers certainly think so, and even with a -6 handicap, at odds of 1.90, the Cavaliers look to be a decent bet coming into this game in Los Angeles. He delivered a big performance in his comeback game and as long as he suffers no ill reaction, you would imagine that LeBron will be doing everything he can to get the Cavs back to winning ways. Bet Now!