It’s a six-game slate for the NBA tonight. We’re going to split it right down the middle and zero in on the three best matchups of the evening for individual wagers. We’ll also include all three of our choices on a single parlay ticket in hopes of an even better return when the night comes to a close.
Our first game is an inter-conference matchup of two teams battling for playoff positioning in their respective conferences. The Brooklyn Nets will be on the road in Oklahoma City for a date with the Thunder. The visitors have been playing pretty well by going 6-4 over their last 10 outings, while the hosts have a record of 4-6 over that span.
Next up is a meeting of the current #7 and #8 seeds in the Eastern Conference. The Detroit Pistons will be on the road to face off with the Miami Heat, a team they lead by three games in the standings. The Pistons have been one of the hotter teams in the league while winning eight of their last 10. The Heat have been in the middle of the road at 5-5 over their last 10 games.
The final game we’ll be focusing on is the top matchup of the evening. It’s a heavyweight showdown between two of the top teams in the Western Conference. The defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors will be on the road to meet the Houston Rockets, a team they lead by 3.5 games in the standings. The Warriors have had some struggles of late, while the Rockets have ripped off nine victories in a row.
It looks like a great night of hoops action, and we have three fine games to focus on for wagering purposes. Let’s take a look at all of our selected contests in full detail, starting with the first of the trio to tip-off.
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Brooklyn Nets @ Oklahoma City Thunder, 7:00 PM EST, ESPN
Heat vs. Hornets pick:
The Nets enter tonight’s game riding a four-game winning streak. They were last in action on Monday at home versus the Pistons. Brooklyn was a 2.5-point favorite at tip off, and they easily cruised to a 103-75 victory. The club is three games over .500 on the year and in 6th place in the Eastern Conference. They trail the 5th place Boston Celtics by 5.5 games, but they’re just a half-game up on the 7th place Pistons.
The Thunder have been on the road for their last four games with mixed results. The team is 2-2 over that span, but they closed things out on a high note with a 98-89 win over the Utah Jazz on Monday as 4-point underdogs. Oklahoma City checks in with a record of 41-26 on the year and sits in 4th place in the Western Conference. They trail the 1st place Warriors by 4.5 games.
The recent four-game winning streak for the Nets comes on the heels of a three-game losing streak. They were home for three of those four victories, but tonight marks the beginning of a seven-game road trip. The team has struggled in away games this season with a record of 15-17 thus far.
The Thunder have defended the home court well this year with a solid record of 22-9. However, the team is just 1-2 for its last three on the home court. The team slogged through a recent four-game losing streak, but they have bounced back to win three of their last five overall.
Team totals for Brooklyn check in at 35-34 on the year with the Under coming in for the last five in a row. For Oklahoma City, the Under has been the correct call for seven of the last nine with totals standing at 33-34 for the season. D’Angelo Russell leads the Nets in scoring with 20.3 points per game, while Spencer Dinwiddie chips in with 17.4 points per contest.
Paul George leads the way for the Thunder with 28.2 points per game, but Russell Westbrook is the engine that makes the team go. He’s averaging 23.1 points, 11.1 boards, and 10.5 dimes. This will be the second meeting of the season for these two teams. Back in December, the Thunder were 6-point road favorites, but they failed to cover in a 114-112 win.
The Thunder are 7-point home favorites for tonight’s game. The Nets have been playing well, which makes that a little too rich for our blood. Oklahoma City may defend the home court, but we’ll take the visitors to cover.
Detroit Pistons @ Miami Heat, 7:30 PM EST, Fox Sports Detroit
Pistons vs. Heat pick:
The Pistons were in Brooklyn on Monday to face off with the Nets. Things didn’t go swimmingly as the team went down to defeat by a score of 103-75. That loss snapped a five-game winning streak. Detroit has been playing really well on an overall basis while winning eight of their last 10 contests.
The Heat were last in action on Sunday when they dropped a 125-104 home decision to the Toronto Raptors. That defeat also snapped what had been a four-game winning streak, a run which came on the heels of a stretch in which Miami had dropped four of its previous five games.
In 7th place in the East standings, Detroit is three games in front of the 8th place Heat. They’re just a half-game behind the 6th place Nets, but they trail the 5th place Boston Celtics by six games. The club hasn’t fared well in road games this season with a mark of 13-19 thus far.
Miami has struggled at home this season on an overall basis while going just 15-19, but the team has won its last four contests on the home floor. The race for the #8 seed in the east is intensifying. The Heat are just a game in front of the Orlando Magic, and 1.5 games in front of the Charlotte Hornets.
Team totals for Detroit have been Under for two of the last three and stand at 32-34 for the season. Miami checks in at 35-31 on the Over/Under, but totals have hit the high side for seven of the last nine. Blake Griffin leads the Pistons with 25.1 points per game, while Andre Drummond adds in 17.5.
For the Heat, Josh Richardson leads the way with 17.2 points per contest, while Goran Dragic adds in 14.9. This will be the fourth meeting of the season for these two teams. The Pistons hold a 2-1 edge so far. The last meeting took place in Miami last month. The Pistons were 2.5-point underdogs, but they walked off the floor with a 119-96 win.
As indicated by the 1.5-point spread, these two squads are evenly matched. As the race in the east continues to intensify, we’ll look for the home court advantage to be the difference maker as the Heat pick up the win and cover.
Golden State Warriors @ Houston Rockets, 9:30 PM EST, ESPN
Warriors vs. Rockets pick:
The Warriors have hit a rough patch in the stretch run of the season while dropping four of their last six, but they may have bottomed out on Sunday. They welcomed the cellar-dwelling Phoenix Suns to town and stunningly fell by a score of 115-111 as 17-point favorites.
It has been a different story entirely for the Rockets. The team lost back-to-back games surrounding the All-Star break, but they have not tasted defeat since then while rolling off nine consecutive victories. Four of the team’s last five wins have been of the double-digit variety.
Despite the recent struggles, Golden State remains atop the west standings. The Denver Nuggets are just a game behind, while the Rockets are in 3rd place and 3.5 games back. The club has been strong on the road this season with a record of 21-11 to date, but they are just 2-3 for their last five away games.
Houston has done a great job on the home floor with a mark of 24-9 thus far. The team is also riding a five-game home winning streak. The Rockets are 2.5 games behind the 2nd place Nuggets in the conference. They hold a one-game lead over both the Thunder and Portland Trail Blazers in the race for the #3 seed.
Totals for the Warriors are right in the middle for the season at 33-33. The Under has been the correct call for the team’s last five games. For the Rockets, the Over/Under stands at 35-31-1 for the year. Totals have been Under for four of the last five games.
The Warriors will be without the services of Kevin Durant tonight due to an ankle injury. Stephen Curry tops the team in scoring with 27.9 points per game, while Klay Thompson contributes 22.4. MVP candidate James Harden remains the biggest force for the Rockets. He’s averaging 36.2 points, 6.5 boards, and 7.5 dimes per contest.
The Rockets will be going for a season sweep of the Warriors tonight. Houston has won three in a row over the Warriors, and they also hold a 6-4 edge over the last 10 meetings. Totals are 2-8 over that span. These two clubs last hooked up in February on Golden State’s home floor. The Rockets were 12-point underdogs, but they exited the joint with a 118-112 win.
The Rockets are 3.5-point home favorites for tonight’s game. While the Warriors may be the top team in the west as far as the standings go, they certainly aren’t playing like it. The Rockets are. We’ll take the hosts to win and cover.