Betting The 4 NBA Primetime Games On Thursday

  • The NBA presents four high-profile matchups Thursday night, featuring the Miami Heat as -175 betting odds favorites over the Los Angeles Clippers.
  • Other matchups include the Los Angeles Lakers (-550) against the Detroit Pistons (+375) and the Golden State Warriors (-105) against the Phoenix Suns (-115).

LAS VEGAS – The world of NBA basketball is reaching a fever pitch this Thursday as eight of the top teams in the Association face off.

These four games present ample betting opportunity for NBA fans and bettors alike, with many of the league’s biggest stars in action.

Finding the right edge for the NBA can be hard, but with teams beginning to lock into their own identities at this point in the season, trends are beginning to develop.

Each of the four NBA games Thursday night presents its own money-making opportunity. All of the betting odds and lines for these games are available on the major online sportsbooks.

NBA – 7:30 p.m. EST

  • Portland +165
  • Houston -190
  • Spread: HOU -4.5
  • Over/Under: 229.5

Starting off with an interesting game between the Houston Rockets and Portland Trail Blazers.

This Portland squad is currently in a major state of transformation and is likely they will be starting Carmelo Anthony and Enes Kanter in their first five once again.

This lineup has been getting destroyed defensively, and Victor Oladipo and Demarcus Cousins appear to be clicking for Houston.

NBA – 8:00 p.m. EST

  • Clippers +155
  • Heat -175
  • Spread: MIA -4.0
  • Over/Under: 215.0

The Miami Heat are in a bit of an identity crisis. They currently have the longest losing streak in the NBA at four games and sit 13th in the East in the season following their trip to the NBA Finals.

Much of this can be attributed to the lack of key players like Jimmy Butler and Tyler Herro being present for the Heat. Luckily, the Clippers are missing key members as well, with Kawhi Leonard and Paul George currently unavailable.

NBA bettors tuning into this one can expect to learn a few new names as both teams explore their depth.

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NBA – 8:00 p.m. EST

  • Lakers -550
  • Pistons +375
  • Spread: LAL -9.5
  • Over/Under: 214.5

The Lakers continue to impress and hold the second-best record in the west at 14-5. The Pistons meanwhile have the second-worst record in the East at 4-14, and likely won’t be putting up much of a fight against an angry LeBron James.

Those looking to bet on the NBA can look for the Lakers to win big and possibly even cover the large spread.

NBA – 10:00 p.m. EST

  • Warriors -105
  • Suns -115
  • Spread: PHO -1.0
  • Over/Under: 220.5

With Devon Booker out, the Suns will have their hands full with Steph Curry at times.

However, the Suns have been one of the most improved teams of the season, despite taking three straight losses. Expect a close one in what could be the more exciting game of the evening.