NBA Betting: Thursday Night Preview & Predictions

Three of the four teams playing in Thursday night’s edition of the weekly TNT doubleheader are ranked in the top 10 in terms of points scored. Therefore, you should see a couple of high-scoring NBA betting games in Oklahoma City and Oakland.

Memphis Grizzlies @ Oklahoma City Thunder

Odds: Oklahoma City -8.5

The Grizzlies are the only team playing on Thursday night that are outside of the top 10, coming in 26th, but they can get away with it because they lead the league in points against. They’re going up against the No. 1 scoring team in the NBA in the Thunder, powered by Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, and Oklahoma City has lost just once on their home court. However, one of those losses came against the Grizzlies on November 14th, which will be remembered more for a post-game confrontation between Memphis’ Zach Randolph and Oklahoma City’s Kendrick Perkins. The Thunder are 30-2 when they reach the 100-point plateau, but nine of their 11 losses have come when they’ve scored less than 100 points.

Meanwhile, the Grizzlies are 1-4 when they allow more than 100 points, but they’re also 14-0 when reaching that mark themselves and the Thunder aren’t the strongest defensive team in the world, despite having Perkins and Serge Ibaka on the inside. These teams have very contrasting styles and it’ll be interesting to see what gives. Oklahoma City has won six of the last 10 meetings between the two, but Memphis has taken the last two.

Pick: Thunder -8.5

Dallas Mavericks @ Golden State Warriors

Two offensively-charged teams that aren’t great defensively? It’s the perfect storm for a high-scoring nightcap to the doubleheader as the Mavericks head to Golden State to take on the Warriors, who have been one of the biggest surprises in the NBA, but they’ve been really streaky in the month of January. The Mavericks have played much better this month, but losing a huge lead in Portland on Tuesday night could hurt their confidence going into a place that haunts them: who can ever forget the Warriors eliminating the Mavericks in the playoffs as an eighth seed a few years back? The Mavericks have won half of their last 10 trips to Golden State and seven of their last 10 overall against the Warriors, but you can’t deny the past.

The Warriors went to Dallas and won 105-101 in overtime on November 19th as Stephen Curry had 31 points, nine assists, six boards and two steals, while the Mavericks countered with 27 points from O.J. Mayo. But remember, the Mavs were without the injured Dirk Nowitzki for that game and the former MVP is getting stronger and stronger by the game. The Warriors will throw as many defenders as they can to get Nowitzki off his game, but the Mavericks have other players that can score, such as Mayo. If you’re a fan of tight defensive games where possessions are crucial, you may not like this game, which should finish with both teams in triple figures. If you’re betting basketball, bet the Warriors in this spot.

Pick: Warriors

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