2016-17 NBA Betting Tips – Thursday, February 9th

February 9, 2017 by Posted in NBA Tips

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The 2016-17 NBA season continues this week and we take a look at the best value matches on Thursday, February 9th including the NBA televised Clippers vs Knicks.

Los Angeles Clippers at New York Knicks (Thursday 12pm AEDT)

The Clippers have the toughest schedule in February and they will need to take advantage of this match up if they are to remain in the top four. The side has struggled since they lost Chris Paul and despite the return of Blake Griffin they are slipping down the Western Conference standings. The Power Forward registered his first triple double since 2014 in the sides recent loss but he should have it all his own way in this one.

The Knicks have had an ever bigger spiral than the Clippers and there is a lot of pressure mounting on the side. Carmelo Anthony is being shopped around to clubs but with his no-trade clause it is hard for them to find an appropriate suitor. Kristaps Porzingis has had midseason struggles, similar to the one he had in his first season while Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah are in and out of the side due to injury. The Clippers will earn the win in this one.

TIP: Clippers to win at the margin (1-10) – $2.58 with Sportsbet

Washington Wizards at Brooklyn Nets (Thursday 11.30am AEDT)

The Wizards will enter this match after suffering their first loss at home in 17 games. It was a brutal overtime loss against the Cavaliers. Bradley Beal looked to have sealed the victory but it was Lebron James who had the final say as he banked in a three pointer to send the game to OT. The match continued to show the development of the Wizards throughout the season and they are now holding onto the fourth spot in the East.

The Nets be playing their second game of a back-to-back. They will be a tired outfit and we don’t expect them to be able to compete with the Wizards. They have the worst record in the league and will suffer a big loss in this one as John Wall, Beal and Otto Porter rain bombs on them.

TIP: Wizards to win at the margin (11+) – $2.00 with William Hill

Los Angeles Lakers at Detroit Pistons (Thursday 11.30am AEDT)

The line in the sand has been drawn for the Lakers as they have given up on reaching the playoffs (they already had no chance) and are rolling out their young guns. Brandon Ingram and Tarik Black were placed into the starting line ups in their most recent match against the Knicks and they earned a big victory. It was against the struggling Knicks though and we won’t get too caught up in the hype.

The Pistons have had an up and down season but are 15-10 on home court and are in position to catch a low playoff spot. We are predicting Andre Drummond to have a huge match in this one against a rookie center and dominant the boards and scoring around the ring. The side will hold on for a tight victory at home as the young Lakers keep it close.

TIP: Pistons to win at the margin (1-10) – $2.65 with CrownBet

Boston Celtics at Sacramento Kings (Thursday 2.30pm AEDT)

The Kings are beginning to shop some players in the hope of putting stronger pieces around their superstar DeMarcus Cousins. The big man continues to put up huge numbers but unfortunately for him and fans, he has receieved a suspension from the league and he will not be in action for this contest. It is a massive blow for the Kings and they will also be without small forward Rudy Gay.

The Celtics have climbed into the second spot in the East and are serious contenders for the title. They don’t have the ‘superstar’ player but Isiah Thomas is playing like one. He is overlooked due to his size but he is an offensive monster. He is averaging the most points in the fourth quarter and continutes to come up clutch for his side. This should be a comfortable win for the Celtics as Al Horford will dominate without having to face DeMarcus Cousins.

TIP: Celtics to win at the/line (-12.5) – $1.95 with Sportsbet



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