NBA Betting: Thursday Night Preview & Predictions

The TNT doubleheader is always anticipated by NBA betting fans and this week’s matchups should hold your interest all night long. We’ll see a pair of old East rivals open up the festivities before a high-flying show goes down in the West for the nightcap.

New York Knicks @ Boston Celtics

Odds: Knicks -1

The Knicks have dropped two of their last six, but they’re still better off than the Celtics, who have lost four in a row. The Eastern Conference rivals are meeting for the second time this season after the first ended in a 102-96 win for the Celtics in New York, but it’ll be remembered more for the incident between Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Garnett that ended with Anthony trying to confront KG after the game, and Melo earned a one-game suspension for his troubles.

Anthony needs to focus his energy on the game and not on Garnett, because the Knicks need a victory and it would also put Boston in even more of a hole. The Celtics have won three of the last five meetings, and Boston has been a bit of a graveyard for the Knicks: New York is 4-16 in their last 20 trips to Beantown, dropping 13 in a row and their last win in Boston came on November 24th, 2006. The Knicks will need their stars to play like it in the national spotlight on Thursday night.

Pick: Knicks -1

Los Angeles Clippers @ Phoenix Suns

The Clippers are looking to break a two-game skid when they take on the Suns, who have lost 13 of their last 15 games and this team looks nothing like the run-and-gun Suns of the past. After years of being in the top five in terms of scoring, the Suns are now a midpack team in terms of points for and coach Alvin Gentry was fired recently as the team searches for a new identity. One thing is for sure: they’ll have to shore up defensively because the Clippers can make the best teams in the league look very bad with their high-flying offense powered by Chris Paul, who recently returned from injury.

Even though the Clippers have definitely cooled off from their 17-game win streak and as was mentioned before, they’ve lost two in a row, they’re still one of the top teams in the West and should have no problem brushing the Suns aside. The Clippers have won three of the last four meetings between the two, all by 17 points or more, but they’ve only won once in their last 10 trips to the desert. You know Paul will have the troops riled up for this game as they would love nothing more than to get another win in Phoenix; a 103-77 romp on December 23rd was their first win there since April 17th, 2007, a span of 11 games. The Clippers will be looking to continue a basketball betting streak of the opposite kind on TNT.

Pick: Clippers

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