Thursday Odds Teaser
Chicago Bulls vs. Brooklyn Nets
The Bulls have almost been as good on the road as they have been at home this season, but they will take a 4.5-point underdog tag into tonight's road game in Brooklyn.
All in all, you really have to admire what Chicago's been trying to do with a shorthanded rotation.
When it comes down to it though, it's hard to ignore all of these injuries in the Bulls camp. As if being without Derrick Rose and Rip Hamilton wasn't enough, Chicago is also set to be missing Joakim Noah, Marco Bellinelli, and Taj Gibson tonight.
That leaves Tom Thibodeau's team looking mighty thin for this trip to the Barclays Center.
The Nets are finally returning home after an eight-game road trip which saw them go 6-3 SU and 6-3 ATS, with wins over Dallas and Portland, mixed in with defeats to Denver, Utah, and the L.A. Clippers.
Deron Williams and company closed out the trip with a dominant 113-95 W over Cleveland last night. D-Will had 24 points and eight assists, Reggie Evans logged eight points and 18 rebounds, and MarShon Brooks filled in admirably for an injured Joe Johnson by pouring in 27 points on 12-of-16 shooting.
Will Brooklyn be able to improve on their 3-9 ATS record over their last 12 at the Barclays Center tonight?
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San Antonio Spurs vs. Oklahoma City Thunder
Our next play will involve a showdown between the Thunder and Spurs in Oklahoma City. Current NBA lines have Oklahoma City favored by as many as 7.5 points, while the total is at 202.
You never know who's going to play and who isn't when it comes to the Spurs, which makes it all the more frustrating when trying to make your final NBA picks.
San Antonio will certainly not have Manu Ginobili available, while Stephen Jackson (ankle) is doubtful. Kawhi Leonard (knee) has missed the last two games but is set to return, as is Tony Parker who sat out yesterday.
Meanwhile, the Thunder have no injuries to report and have been resting since Saturday's road win over Milwaukee. They've won four of five, with their only setback coming against Minnesota almost one week ago.
The Thunder are 7-2-1 ATS in their previous 10 matchups when playing on three or more days of rest a promising sign of things to come for tonight's Western Conference battle. They're also 23-8 ATS over their past 31 at home.
There's no question San Antonio has the roster to deal with injuries here and there, but we don't love their chances here against a rested and hungry Oklahoma City team. This will be San Antonio's third game in four nights.
The Spurs are 3-8 ATS over their last 11 overall and it's going to take a very strong effort on both ends of the court to avoid another spread loss.
4.5-Point Teaser: Nets & Thunder -3 (ties win ---> +101) at bookmaker.eu
The home team in the Nets/Bulls series has won each game this season and we look for that to happen again. It would take a complete dud of a performance for Brooklyn to lose against a completely undermanned Chicago squad. As for the Thunder, they've had ample rest and will have some nice schemes set up for the Spurs.