#Betting101: NBA on TNT Thursday Night Double-Header

Jason Lake

Thursday, October 26, 2017 12:09 PM UTC

Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017 12:09 PM UTC

Everyone’s favorite basketball show is back on this week. TNT has another two games for your NBA betting consideration; will the Milwaukee Bucks live up to their name?

The NBA on TNT is the gold standard for basketball. They’ve been doing this since 1989, and they’ve got another double-header coming up Thursday night, so let’s dispense with the formalities and get right to our NBA picks.

Boston Celtics at Milwaukee Bucks (8:00 p.m. ET)

This should be a very competitive game, although it looked a lot better before SF Gordon Hayward’s leg snapped during the season-opener. That’s bad enough, but PF Marcus Morris (knee) isn’t expected to debut until early November, and PG Marcus Smart has missed the last two games with a sprained ankle. The Bucks hope to have Jabari Parker ready by February as he continues to recover from knee surgery; PG Malcolm Brogdon is day-to-day with an ankle sprain but is expected to play Thursday.

Not surprisingly, the early action has been on Milwaukee. Our consensus reports show 75 percent of first responders taking the Bucks at –4.5, then the lines moved to –4, and even more people jumped on board. Perhaps the sportsbooks are trying to make sure they get a healthy dose of public money on the Celtics. FiveThirtyEight projects Milwaukee as a 3-point favorite; let’s take the small-market Bucks, but only for a small amount, since we’re not getting the desired 2-point gap between the projections and the NBA odds. Maybe we will closer to tip-off.

Free NBA Pick: Bucks –4Best Line Offered: Heritage

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New Orleans Pelicans at Sacramento Kings (10:30 p.m. ET)

This might not look like a marquee matchup, and it isn’t, except for one key storyline: the Return of Boogie. DeMarcus Cousins did not like the way things ended in Sacramento. In the big center’s first game against the Kings after getting traded to New Orleans last year, he had 37 points and 13 rebounds in a 117-89 victory. The Pellies were 11-point home faves that day; this time around, they’re 2-point road dogs, thanks to a long list of injuries.

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Anthony Davis (left knee quad tendinitis) is being listed as questionable for Thursday’s game at Sacramento @NBAonTNT

— Jim Eichenhofer (@Jim_Eichenhofer) October 25, 2017

Believe it or not, the NBA lines are on the board even though PF Anthony Davis may or may not play. Davis had an MRI on his left knee after banging into Moe Harkless during Tuesday’s game in Portland. The MRI came back negative, and Davis is listed as day-to-day, so there could be some value in New Orleans – wait until shootaround to see if he’s good to go, then consider pouncing on those lines before they move too far. Otherwise, avoid this matchup and stick with the Bucks for Thursday’s basketball picks.

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