NBA Betting Action On Thursday
We’re warming up for the weekend now, and the NBA is doing what it can to lift our spirits. There are some big games lined up for Thursday night, and there were some pretty big games on Wednesday too.
The Pistons lost against the 76ers, the Philadelphia team winning 89-69 at home while the Raptors also grabbed a big home win, defeating the Kings by a score of 119-102 in Toronto. The Celtics slumped to defeat in Minnesota, going down 110-98 while the Nuggets grabbed an away day win in New Orleans, triumphing by 85-93. The Spurs defeated the Hornets, winning by 95-86 and the Suns enjoyed a 106-98 win against the Wizards.
The Cavaliers grabbed yet another win, squeezing out the Trail Blazers by a score of 99-94 and the Knicks grabbed a big 100-92 win against the Thunder. The Hawks held firm against the Nets, winning 113-102 in Atlanta while the Rockets dealt with the Mavericks, winning 99-94 in Houston. The Jazz lost at home, with the Clippers grabbing an 89-94 win in Utah.
Milwaukee Bucks @ Orlando Magic
The Bucks look to be the stronger of these two teams coming into this game. They hold a 23-22 record for the season, and this includes a 13-12 record on the road. They head to Orlando to take on the Magic, who hold a 15-33 record for the season, and this includes a 5-15 record in Orlando. The Magic have been much stronger away from home this season, so this will give further optimism to the Bucks.
With respect to average points scored and allowed, the Bucks hold the edge. They have scored an average of 98.5, compared to the 95.7 of the Magic, while they have allowed an average of 97.2, compared to the 101.7 of the Magic.
The Bucks come into this game on the back of a win, and a 5-5 record in their last 10 outings, while the Magic have lost 6 in a row and they hold a 2-8 record in their last 10 games.
The Magic had a strong second half showing in their Monday loss to the Grizzlies, going down103-94, but all the damage had been done in the first half. The Bucks had an excellent 102-109 win in Miami on Tuesday with 7 players getting into double figures for points.
There are a couple of minor injury concerns for both teams, with Elfrid Payton being a minor concern for the Magic. The Bucks are looking at Ersan Ilyasova and John Henson closely.
This is all set up for an away day win and even taking the Bucks at -4, with a handicap of 1.90, looks to be a good bet for Thursday. The Bucks haven’t won in Orlando for over 10 years, but today could be their day. Bet Now!
New York Knicks @ Indiana Pacers
The hapless Knicks head to Indiana and at least they can take some comfort in the fact that the Pacers are not exactly on world-beating form either. The Knicks hold a 9-37 record at the moment, which includes a 6-17 record when they get out of New York. The away from the Knicks has been better than the home form, even if neither has been anything to write home about.
The Pacers hold a 16-31 record and this includes an 8-12 record, something they will be looking to extend on Thursday. The Pacers have scored more average points (94.9 to 92.9) and conceded fewer average points (97.3 to 100.6) when compared to the Knicks, wo they will be hopeful of grabbing a win in Indiana.
However, the Knicks won their last game while the Pacers fell to defeat. There is also the fact that the Knicks hold a better record in their last 10 games, a 4-6 record compared to the 2-8 record of the Pacers, so it may not be as straightforward as those backing the Pacers would hope for.
The Pacers lost at home to the Raptors on Tuesday, going down by a score of 91-104 while the Knicks grabbed a win against Oklahoma City Thunder, winning 100-92 on Wednesday.
The Pacers have concerns over CJ Miles and George Hill but the Knicks have a big injury list. Andrea Bargnani is the biggest doubt but Amar’e Stoudemire, Travis Wear, Jose Calderon, Cole Aldrich and Carmelo Anthony are all being monitored closely for minor injuries.
The Pacers should win, and even with a modest negative handicap so if this is on offer, get right behind this offer. Bet Now!
Denver Nuggets @ Memphis Grizzlies
This is likely to be a tough test for the Nuggets as they head to Memphis to take on a confident Grizzlies side. They hold a 19-27 record, including a road record of 7-15. They face the Grizzlies who hold a record of 33-12, which includes a 19-5 record in Memphis.
With respect to average points scored, the Grizzlies just edge it, with a 101.7 record to a 101.6 record. The Grizzlies are much further ahead when it comes to average points allowed, giving up 97.1 compared to the 101.6 that the Nuggets give up.
Both teams are coming into this game on the back of a win; the Nuggets have won one game while the Grizzlies have won four in a row. With respect to the 10 game stats, the Denver side are on a 3-7 record while the Grizzlies are on an 8-2 roll.
The arrival of Jeff Green has pushed the Grizzlies on this campaign, helping his team to 7 wins out of 8 since his arrival, including the 90-107 win in Dallas on Tuesday night. It could have been an easier night for the Nuggets on Wednesday at home to the Pelicans, they blew a 16 point lead at one point, but they recovered and grabbed a big 85-93 win.
JaVale McGee is the major doubt for the Nuggets while Memphis are closely monitoring Mike Conley and Tony Allen.
This looks to be a win for the Grizzlies but taking the Nuggets on a solid positive handicap bet isn’t going to be the worst idea you have had all week. Bet Now!