- There are three NBA Playoff games on Thursday’s betting slate, featuring matchups between the Grizzlies and Timberwolves, Mavericks and Jazz, and Warriors and Nuggets.
- Two teams, in particular, hold very valuable underdog betting odds for Thursday’s matchups: the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Dallas Mavericks.
MINNEAPOLIS – Basketball bettors have an incredibly attractive slate of NBA Playoff matchups to wager on Thursday.
The three NBA Playoff matchups feature underdogs with momentum whose betting odds could make for very valuable plays.
Memphis Grizzlies @ Minnesota Timberwolves Betting Odds
- Memphis Grizzlies -2 -110
- Minnesota Timberwolves +2 -110
- Memphis Grizzlies -130
- Minnesota Timberwolves +110
- Over 237 -110
- Under 237 -110
The first matchup on Thursday will feature the Memphis Grizzlies visiting the Minnesota Timberwolves, with tipoff scheduled for 7:30 PM ET.
The series is currently tied at 1-1 after the Grizzlies edged out the Timberwolves 124-96 in Game Two.
In Game Two, Minnesota struggled to get contributions from their star players. Karl-Anthony Towns spent much of the latter portion of the game on the bench as a result of foul trouble, while Anthony Edwards struggled, posting just 5 points on 1/11 shooting. With Minnesota’s top two offensive threats effectively neutralized, guard D’Angelo Russell picked up the slack, scoring 37 points with 9 assists and 2 rebounds.
The fact that Minnesota was able to keep most of the game close despite not getting much production from their top threats bodes well for their chances of covering the +2 points spread currently being offered at online sportsbooks.
Expect a more typical performance from Karl-Anthony Towns and Anthony Edwards in this one, and if Russell can continue his hot streak from Game Two, getting Minnesota at plus-money could be a great play.
Dallas Mavericks @ Utah Jazz Betting Odds
- Dallas Mavericks +7 -110
- Utah Jazz -7 -110
- Dallas Mavericks +240
- Utah Jazz -290
- Over 210.5 -110
- Under 210.5 –110
The second game on Thursday’s NBA betting slate will feature the Utah Jazz hosting the Dallas Mavericks, with tipoff scheduled for 9:00 PM ET. The series is currently tied at 1-1 and both of the first two games were decided by a 6-point margin.
Despite being without star Luka Doncic, the Mavericks took Game Two behind a solid second-half performance that saw the Mavericks overcome a double-digit deficit. Without Doncic in the lineup, Dallas leaned primarily on Jalen Brunson, who dropped 41 points, 8 rebounds, and 5 assists. Maxi Kleber was also an important producer for the Mavericks, posting 25 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 assists.
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The Mavericks are riding some momentum after evening up the series at their home court. As they head to Utah, that momentum may be neutralized somewhat, but expect Dallas to continue to get strong performances from several contributors.
Each game has been decided by a margin of 6 points, making the +7 point spread a great bet, and the +240 moneyline odds a sneaky value play.
Golden State Warriors @ Denver Nuggets Betting Odds
- Golden State Warriors -2 -115
- Denver Nuggets +2 -105
- Golden State Warriors -135
- Denver Nuggets +115
- Over 223.5 -110
- Under 223.5 -110
The final game of Thursday’s NBA Playoff betting slate will feature the Denver Nuggets hosting the Golden State Warriors, with tipoff scheduled for 10:00 PM ET. The Warriors hold a 2-0 series lead as they travel to Denver.
In Game Two, Golden State bested Denver by a 20-point margin; in Game One, Golden State similarly handled Denver, defeating the Nuggets by 16 points.
In Game Two, Denver held a 1-point lead heading into the second quarter; however, after Golden State took the lead during the second, Denver was unable to recapture their momentum and remained in a deficit for the rest of the game.
The big story of Game Two was Stephen Curry’s 34-point performance off the bench. The former MVP started the game on the bench as a result of a month-long absence but was able to immediately hit his stride once he got back into the action.
With Curry looking like his typical self and Golden State defeating Denver by double-digits in the first two matchups, the 2-point spread and -135 moneyline odds are incredible values.
While the Nuggets will certainly be motivated as the series heads to Denver, it may not be enough for their slim underdog odds to cash.
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