The TNT doubleheader is a regular staple for NBA fans and it continues to roll on this week with Boston heading to Brooklyn while the defending champs from Miami take their talents to Denver in the nightcap. But New York and San Antonio could end up stealing the show on Thursday night.
Boston Celtics @ Brooklyn Nets
Odds: Nets -4.5
This will be the second half of a back-to-back for the Celtics, who are at home to Utah on Wednesday night, while the Nets had won three in a row prior to a night off. The matchup at the point between Boston’s Rajon Rondo and Brooklyn’s Deron Williams will be in the spotlight, but at the shooting-guard position, the Nets’ Joe Johnson and the Celtics’ Paul Pierce, could make the difference. The Celtics have dominated this matchup, taking five of the last six, but this Nets team has a swagger about them now since moving to Brooklyn.
Pick: Nets -4.5
New York Knicks @ San Antonio Spurs
Odds: Spurs -5
The Knicks have won their first five games and are the only unbeaten team in the NBA. If you called that, you should probably run out and buy a few lottery tickets because no one saw this coming, especially after the team found out they were losing Amare Stoudemire for the first part of the season. They’ll have their hands full against a veteran San Antonio squad that is off to a 7-1 start and continues to serve notice that they’ll be a problem in the West. The Knicks have won all five games so far by 10 points or more, but they’ve lost eight of their last 10 against the Spurs, and nine of their last 10 in San Antonio.
Pick: Spurs -5
Miami Heat @ Denver Nuggets
Odds: Nuggets -3.5
This has the potential to be a shootout as both teams are ranked in the top 10 when it comes to points scored, but neither is ranked higher than 18th in points allowed, so it could come down to key stops. This will be the fifth road game in six overall for the Heat, who have a knack for flipping a switch and then they become a juggernaut at both ends of the floor; there is no team in the NBA that is more electrifying in the open court than the Heat, led of course by LeBron James. The Nuggets are a strange team in that they don’t have that one player who can take over a game, like the Heat have with James (or even Dwyane Wade). It remains to be seen if that’ll lead to success in a tough Western Conference. The Nuggets have won seven of the last 10 between these two teams, but Miami has won two of the last three. Still, Denver has been a jinx for the Heat as they’ve lost 10 in a row there (although this skid follows a six-game winning streak for Miami in Denver) and you know Miami’s stars know that history.
Pick: Nuggets -3.5