NBA Picks: Thursday Teaser Play

Steven Suarez

Thursday, April 11, 2013 1:55 PM GMT

Let our free NBA teaser help you make the most of tonight's short slate. Find out where we are placing our NBA picks, and which odds we are teasing to help ensure a solid payout.

Two NBA matchups featuring four playoff teams. Let's talk over the NBA odds for each of these games before coming up with our Thursday teaser. How can we add both of these games to our NBA picks for a profitable night?

Take a look at our predictions for the First Round Playoff Matchups.

New York Knicks vs. Chicago Bulls

The Knicks go for their 14th straight win this evening when they take on the injury-stricken Bulls in the Windy City.

As far as the NBA odds go, New York is favored by 4.5 points at most outlets, while the O/U is holding relatively still at 191. The OVER is 5-2 in the previous seven head-to-head meetings between these teams.

The Bulls will try to act as streak-busters once again after being the ones that ended Miami's humungous winning run, but this time around we don't think they'll be able to slow down New York.

For one, injuries are wrecking havoc for Tom Thibodeau's team once again. Joakim Noah re-aggravated his foot issue and is out, while Luol Deng (hip) and Taj Gibson (knee) are unlikely to play as well. 

We realize the Knicks are missing a lot of pieces too, including Tyson Chandler, but they have the depth to deal with it and have proven that with this run of theirs. New York will be running essentially all small rotations tonight considering all of their bigs are banged up and unavailable. 

The Knicks haven't covered in any of their last four meetings with the Bulls, but they have gone 7-0 ATS over their previous eight road contests, while posting an amazing 17-4 ATS in their past 21 overall. Carmelo Anthony is playing the best basketball of his career and J.R. Smith hasn't been too shabby either. 

[gameodds]5/224523/43/us[/gameodds]

Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Golden State Warriors

Both the Thunder and Warriors are trying to iron out any kinks as they get ready for what should be a highly entertaining postseason.

The two teams will do battle inside Oracle Arena tonight, with Golden State the underdog in the odds. They're getting as many as 4.5 points from certain sportsbooks, including Bovada. The total can be found anywhere from 203.5 to 204.5.

In three meetings this season, the Thunder have won twice both straight up and against the spread, though the Warriors won 104-99 in the one home encounter. Can they do so again tonight?

Both squads are playing solid ball. Oklahoma City has won four of five, including a home win over San Antonio and a road victory against Indiana, while Golden State has also won four of five, albeit against weaker opposition.

The close to the season has been exactly what the Warriors needed to lock down their playoff spot. Ten of their final 12 regular season matchups will have been played at home, with Golden State winning six of eight thus far. 

There's no stopping the Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson combo right now. Curry has averaged 25.4PPG, 8.1 APG, and 4.2 RPG over his last 10 games, while Thompson has scored at least 20 points ineach of his last three games.

[gameodds]5/224524/43/us[/gameodds]

NBA Picks: 4.5-Point Teaser: Knicks PK and Warriors +9 (ties win ---> +101)

The Knicks are obviously the hotter team, but they've had no luck against Chicago this seasonwhatsoever. Still, we can't look past those absences for the Bulls, as we think they'll have a hardtime keeping pace with this juggernaut of a New York offense without the likes of Deng, Noah, andGibson. Deng's absence cannot be understated enough. Meanwhile, Golden State will have their handsfull tonight, but we believe they can do enough to at least avoid a blowout in front of their excellentfanbase. They've gone 27-12 SU and 22-17 ATS at home this season.