The NBA basketball betting season is winding down and in one of the last TNT Thursday night doubleheaders, fans will be treated to a monster contest coming out of the Western Conference. First, we’ll get to start the night in the Eastern conference where two more playoff teams will duke it out with something on the line.
Chicago Bulls @ Brooklyn Nets
Both of these Eastern Conference teams have clinched their spots in the postseason, so it wouldn’t be a major surprise to see some players sitting out on Thursday night. The Bulls have been up and down as of late, snapping Miami’s winning streak at 27, but also losing two of three since. The talk in the Windy City is that Derrick Rose could make it back for the playoffs but that remains to be seen. The Bulls may want their best player to take the rest of the season off and not rush him back.
Meanwhile, the Nets, who are two spots ahead of Chicago in fourth place, had dropped two straight ahead of Wednesday’s game in Cleveland. They’ll be home on Thursday after wrapping up an eight-game road trip. The Nets are doing their best to hold on to home court advantage for at least the first round of the postseason.
The Bulls have won two of the three meetings between the two this season and the highest margin of victory was 11 points, so this should be a relatively close NBA betting game if everyone is healthy and is playing.
San Antonio Spurs @ Oklahoma City Thunder
The nightcap should be a real barnburner as San Antonio heads to Oklahoma City in a battle of the top two teams in the West. This should be an entertaining tilt as it’s a rematch of last season’s conference finals.
The Spurs had lost two in a row ahead of Wednesday’s home game against Orlando while the Thunder have been off since a victory in Milwaukee on Saturday, so that edge will obviously go to OKC. The Spurs will also go into this game without Manu Ginobil and even though they’re only a game ahead of the Thunder in the race for first place in the West, San Antonio is a veteran team and losing the top spot probably doesn’t even bother them that much. Meanwhile, the Thunder have been cruising right along and if you think about it, been under the radar when you consider how well they’ve been doing. Kevin Durant would probably be a shoe-in for MVP if wasn’t for LeBron James in Miami, while Russell Westbrook has probably been the best point guard in the league overall this season (with all due respect to San Antonio’s Tony Parker and Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers).
The Spurs have taken two of three meetings with the Thunder since falling to Oklahoma City in a six-game Western final last season, and the two look to be on a collision course once again, so this Thursday night game takes on a bit of extra importance.