A Quiet NBA Thursday
The NBA appears to be going for a feast or famine approach at the start of 2015. There are only three games to look out for on Thursday but there was a massive card of games to enjoy on Wednesday night. We have three picks for you later on but for now, we’ll round up the Wednesday scores in the NBA.
The Hornets grabbed a vital home win against the Pelicans, winning 98-94. The Bucks were comfortable away day winners, defeating the 76ers by a score of 77-97. The Celtics were also winners on the road, triumphing 81-89 in Brooklyn and the Jazz also tasted away day glory, defeating the Bulls in Chicago by a score of 77-97. The Nuggets prevailed at home against the Magic, winning by a score of 93-90 and the Kings were comfortable with a 104-83 home win against the Thunder. In the big game in Los Angeles, the Clippers were home winners against the Lakers, the final score ending up 114-89.
The Wizards were worthy winners at home against the Knicks, 101-91 while the Rockets grabbed a 93-105 win in Cleveland. The Hawks took care of business at home to the Grizzlies, winning by 96-86 and the Pistons won again, defeating the Mavericks 95-108 in Dallas. The Suns picked up a 111-113 win in Minnesota while the Warriors dealt with the Pacers by a score of 117-102.
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Charlotte Hornets @ Toronto Raptors
The Hornets currently hold a 13-24 record, including a 5-12 record away from Charlotte, and it is understandable that they will be slightly concerned about heading to Toronto. The Raptors have notched up a 24-10 record so far this campaign, and in Toronto, their record stands at 14-3. However, the Hornets have won their last three games in a row while the Raptors have lost their last three games in a row, so confidence may be with the away side. With respect to the five game record, the Hornets have a 3-2 record while the Raptors have a 2-3 record.
The Hornets are showing a wide variance in form, they managed to win four games in a row in the run-up to Christmas but they then dropped five games in a row before they embarked on their run of three wins heading into this match, with Kemba Walker on fire at the moment. The Raptors had a big loss in Phoenix on Sunday, being gunned down by a score of 109-125.
Lance Stephenson is the big injury concern for the Hornets while DeMar DeRozan is the player that the Raptors are worried about.
You would think that the Raptors will snap out of their losing funk in this game but taking the Hornets at +12.5, at odds of 1.90, may be a smart move for a Thursday night in January. Bet Now!
Houston Rockets @ New York Knicks
The Rockets come into this game with a 24-11 record, and this includes a 12-5 record away from Houston. They will be facing a team who have a rather poor record for the season so far, with the New York Knicks holding a 5-33 record so far, and this includes a 3-15 record in New York. It is easy to think that the Rockets will prevail in this one but as is so often the case; it is likely to be the margin of victory that makes all the difference in this one for basketball betting fans.
The Rockets may have won their last game coming into this, and they hold a 3-2 record in their last five games but the Knicks have lost their last 13 games in a row. This is a monumental losing streak that has to be broken at some point but you can see why there is an air of despondency in New York with respect to basketball these days.
With Carmelo Anthony still unavailable, although he is scheduled to be back in the next week, the main threat for the Knicks has been Tim Hardaway Jr, who averages 11 points a game. Hardaway Jnr had a poor game when the Knicks last played, going down 101-91 in Washington.
The Rockets became the latest team to beat the Cavs and their Wednesday night win ended their three game losing streak. The 93-105 win in Cleveland saw Dwight Howard bag 17 points and 12 rebounds.
Alexey Shved is likely to be missing for the Rockets while the Knicks injury list contains players like Samuel Dalembert, Carmelo Anthony, Amar’e Stoudemire and Andrea Bargnani.
It is hard to look beyond the Rockets for this game and even with a sizable negative handicap, the team from Houston should have more than enough about them to win this game. Bet Now!
Miami Heat @ Portland Trail Blazers
The Heat have a 15-20 record at the moment and away from Miami they have a perfectly balanced 8-8 record. The Trail Blazers meanwhile can boast of a 27-8 record and in Portland, this record stands at 16-3. Both teams come into this game on the back of a win and with respect to the five game record, the Heat stands at 1-4 while the Trail Blazers hold a 4-1 record. The home team will have a bit more confidence coming into this game than their visitors.
Chris Bosh was instrumental in the Sunday win for the Heat, scoring 26 points as Miami overcame the Nets by a score of 88-84. Given the Brooklyn side had won six of their previous seven games, this was a win to be celebrated. Damian Lillard was the key man for the Trail Blazers on Monday night in the98-94 win against the Lakers. The player grabbed 39 points in total and it was his basket with 36 seconds left on the clock that nudged the Portland team into the lead.
Justin Hamilton is the big injury concern for the Heat while the Trail Blazers will have concerns over Joel Freeland while they will also want to keep an eye on Justin Hamilton.
The Heat keep threatening to bounce back to form but in this game, it may be that taking the Trail Blazers at -8.5, and at odds of 1.90, is the best basketball bet for you on Thursday. Bet Now!