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With 3 huge games on Thursday, our man brings you his NBA betting preview for each game complete with betting tips.
Portland Trailblazers @ Boston Celtics - 12pm (ESPN)
Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum are one of the most dynamic scoring duos. They’ve won four in a row, with two big wins over the Warriors and the new look 76ers away from home
Historically, the Celtics have had issues stopping the guard combination, with the dynamic duo accounting for an average of 52.7 points per game against Boston in the last 3 seasons. Taking the over on the points line for either CJ or Dame could be a nice prop bet.
The Celtics are struggling big time and just can’t get it going away from home. Another disappointing loss to the Raptors on Wednesday only put them further in a hole.
However, an interesting stat; on the second night of back to back games when that second game is played at home, NBA teams win 60% of the time.
The Celtics are 23-8 at home this season, so we can assume they will bounce back at the TD Garden.
BetEasy has the Celtics priced at $1.69, and I think they can get it done in front of their home fans.
LA Clippers @ Utah Jazz - 1pm
The Los Angeles Clippers have one of the better offenses in the league, however that looks to have changed over the trade deadline. More outside shooters were added to the squad at the expense of guard depth depleted.
Danilo Gallinari is the main scorer in the starting unit and the Jazz don’t have a good match-up for him. Off the bench, Lou Williams has been tearing it up averaging 24 points per game in the last month. The Jazz will need to silence these two to have a chance of winning.
Australian fan favourite Joe Ingles will be tasked with guarding Gallinari and it’s this match-up that is key.
Ingles has been the only bright light recently, hitting twelve 3’s in his last three outings, however the Jazz have slumped to losses in two of those games.
Getting going early for Ingles will be imperative as when he’s playing well the Jazz usually come along with him. Rudy Gobert will have to be utilised as Clippers’ centre Montrezl Harrel is giving away about five inches to the 7’2 ‘Stifle Tower’.
I’m siding with the Clippers at the +9.5 line here. That’s a very big line given the teams are currently 6th and 7th in the West.
Here's the third play in the ensuing possession, with the pick-and-roll action back at the right side. Again, Montrezl Harrell passes to the strongside corner and stays at the elbow. With Maxi Kleber deterring the 3, Danilo Gallinari reengages Harrell and gets dimed at the rim. pic.twitter.com/xNxZ6tvnNf— Positive Residual (@presidual) February 26, 2019
New Orleans Pelicans @ Los Angeles Lakers - 2:30pm (ESPN)
NOLA are very fickle right now. The positive of this is that usually we find out if Anthony Davis is playing the day before, so the odds aren’t misconstrued.
Julius Randle is the big-ticket item in New Orleans these days, and he’s playing the team who effectively kicked him out the door for asking for a small raise.
However, the Pelicans haven’t been great away from home recently, losing 6 of their last 8 road games.
To put it nicely, the Lakers have been garbage this season. Playoff LeBron is starting to get going but this Lakers team is doing it’s best to not come along with him.
For LeBron personally, he’ll be working hard to keep his streak of 13 consecutive playoff appearances alive.
The Lakers have a decent home record at 17-12, and with playoff mode activated for LeBron, I’ll be taking the Lakers at $1.44 with BetEasy.
In Capela’s absence it’s been all about James Harden. Over the last month he is averaging 40 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists per contest. His ability to keep that up for the rest of the season and guide the Rockets into the post-season will be the question mark.
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