After landing a winner on Tuesday, our basketball specialist is back with NBA picks for Thursday’s games
It’s a quiet night on the NBA front, as only two games feature on Thursday night.
Our in-house tipster put up the Thunder on the spread on Tuesday night, and he is back with two selections for Thursday’s games – focusing on the Warriors and the Heat.
Here are the best bets for Thursday’s NBA matchup.
KEEP CALM AND CURRY ON
Despite being without franchise star Steph Curry, Golden State could still hold some value to get the job done against Oklahoma City here.
The Warriors have been priced as underdogs for this matchup with Curry’s absence, but there is plenty of experience and depth on their roster to get the win here.
The form is being ignored as well – especially as Golden State have won 10 of their last 11 matchups against the Thunder, while the visitors have failed to cover the spread in their last six trips for the Chase Center.
Five-time NBA All-Star Klay Thompson will likely carry his team’s scoring here – with the decorated guard scoring 25+ points in three of his last six games without Curry.
In those six games, the Warriors have won five of them – so expect them to get the win once again here, despite the continuing improvements in Oklahoma City’s performances.
TIP: Golden State Warriors Moneyline (+120, DraftKings Sportsbook)
TIP: Klay Thompson 25+ Points (+170, FanDuel)
BACK THE BUTLER
After a slow start the season, the Heat are back on song after winning six games on the bounce.
Even with a few injuries, Miami have plugged on – and they have an interesting task on the agenda this evening as they host the Brooklyn Nets.
The Nets have allowed 112.5 points per game this season, and that could allow some of the Heat offensive weapons to drum up a decent points return here.
The main option looks to be Jimmy Butler, who will continue to take up more workload while Tyler Herro remains out with an ankle injury.
Butler scored 32 points against Charlotte last time out, and he has surpassed 25+ points in two of his last four games.
The six-time NBA All-Star looks good value to put up 25 points in this matchup, hovering around the +115 mark at the time of writing.