Thursday Night NBA Picks
It's your Thursday night twin bill on TNT as the Thunder rolls into Madison Square Garden and then the Clippers travel to Mile High to take on the Nuggets in your NBA odds betting preview.
Swinging Johnson - NBA Record (8-8, -6.1 units)
*Games assigned 1 to 5 units.
We wish we could have gotten a definitive opening line but we settled with Knicks -4 though it went as high as 6 in some shops due to the injury to Carmelo Anthony. It was only a one unit gainer but it was enough to shut that big ol' mouth of DJBoston George who wrote below the article that the Knicks were fade material. Or was he implying that I’m fade material?!
Yes, Georgie, I'll take that cookie...boyyyyy!
Oklahoma City Thunder (44-16 SU, 36-22-2 ATS) vs. New York Knicks (36-21 SU, 28-28-1 ATS)
The Thunder ain’t the only thing rollin’ in this game because as good as they have been, capturing victories in 5 of their last 6 (with their only blown cover being the loss to Denver on the road), the Knicks have also won 5 of their last 6 (but have covered in only three of those games). However, this game is in New York where the Knicks are 21-9 at MSG. But take into account that they are 15-15 against the number in your NBA betting odds this year when playing in front of the fan friendlies.
Will he or won’t he? That’s the question regarding Carmelo Anthony’s status for tonight’s game but his absence has been eased by the suddenly awakened Amare Stoudemire. The 6’11” power forward has matched his season-high point total in his last two games, depositing 22 points in wins over Cleveland and Detroit. I’m operating on the premise that Melo will be mellowing out in a very expensive suit on the sidelines this evening while his teammates do battle with the Thunder. Therefore, I believe the Okie City holds a key advantage as the 2nd ranked scoring team in the league that has suddenly gotten their defensive act together, holding their last six opponents to under 93 PPG.
I’m not going to make this a big play as the only odds I see as of this writing is Oklahoma City -5 which has risen from an opener of OKC- 3. That suggests to me that Melo is out which means Durant and Westbrook roll.
NBA Picks: Play Oklahoma City 5 for 2 units for one of your NBA picks.
LA Clippers (44-19 SU, 36-27 ATS) vs. Denver Nuggets (40-22 SU, 37-25 ATS)
The Clips steamrolled the Bucks last night 117-101 and now take on the run-and-gun Nuggets in the Mile High City. Back-to-backs aren’t easy in the NBA, particularly when you’re entering hostile territory against a team that has won six in a row and covered all but one game during that span. The Nuggets are such a team and they will be looking to repeat the results from New Year’s Day against the Clippers when they spanked LA 92-78 with an unusually spectacular defensive performance, limiting Blake Griffin to a mere 12 points.
Denver has won 12 straight home games while the Clippers have a 5-game road win streak they’re hoping to keep alive. The Nuggets have been pure gold (did you see what I did there?) at home, recording a mark of 26-3 SU and 20-9 ATS. I respect the Clippers and their tight defense (ranked 4th) but Denver will have a big advantage on the glass where they average 45 boards per game (2nd) and a frenetic offense that may wear LA down less than 24 hours after their date in Milwaukee.
NBA Picks: Play the Denver Nuggets -4 (buying a ½ -115) for 3 units at 5Dimes.[gameodds]5/220418/43/us[/gameodds]