Free NBA Picks: Three Absolute Gems To Cash In On For Thursday

Ross Benjamin

Thursday, March 17, 2016 5:39 PM UTC

Thursday, Mar. 17, 2016 5:39 PM UTC

Our expert NBA handicapper shares his top three totals on Thursday’s card. These NBA picks have gone a solid 8-5 (62%) during the past five days!

Toronto Raptors vs. Indiana Pacers 7:05 PM ET
Toronto has scored 107 points or more in each of their previous three games. They’ve gone 10-2 under the total this season following two consecutive games of scoring 105 points or more. Those twelve contests averaged a combined 196.2 points scored per game.

Indiana is coming off a 105-98 home win over Boston in their previous game. They’ve gone 6-1 under the total during its last seven games after scoring 100 points or more in their previous outing. Those contests averaged a combined 194.0 points scored per game.

Relative to this current total, I like this contest to be a low scoring affair. One of my Thursday NBA picks will fall in line with that forecast.

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NBA Pick: Under 203.5 
Best Line Offered: at Bookmaker


Charlotte Hornets vs. Miami Heat 7:35 PM ET
Charlotte has scored 107 points or more in eight of their last nine contests. During those nine outings, they’ve averaged a very lofty 114.3 points scored per game, and converted on a stellar 40.2% of their three point attempts.

Miami has gone over the total in each of its previous four games, and there was a sizable combined average of 223.7 points scored per contest. The Heat has scored 103 points or more in eight straight games. During that time frame, Miami averaged 113.2 points scored per contest, shot 50.2%, and was a superb 45.5% from three point territory. Unfortunately, they also allowed 105.5 points per outing over that eight game stretch.

The current NBA odds provide me with a best combination of number and price for this wager.

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NBA Pick: Over 208.5 
Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle


Portland Trailblazers vs. San Antonio Spurs 8:35 PM ET
Portland will be facing a San Antonio team this evening which has allowed less than 100 points in ten of its last eleven games. Portland has gone 18-4 (81.8%) under the total this season when scoring 99 points or less in a game. The last time they played San Antonio, Portland was held to 80 points scored, 41.3% shooting, and was only able to amass an extremely low 75 field goal attempts.

San Antonio is 10-1 under the total in their previous eleven games. During that stretch, they allowed a paltry 89.8 points per game, and held its opponents to a meager 42.3% shooting. San Antonio has gone under the total in each of their previous six games when the total is 202.0 or more. Those six contests went under the number by a mammoth average of 17.6 points per game.

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NBA Pick: Under 204.5
Best Line Offered: at Heritage

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