NBA Expert Picks: Our Staff’s Favorite Bets for 76ers-Warriors, Mavericks-Pistons, More
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- Our experts offer their favorite NBA betting picks for Thursday's six-game slate.
- You'll find a number of intriguing betting angles, including historical trends, matchup analysis and why you should fade the Mavericks after their blockbuster trade for Kristaps Porzingis.
There are six games on the schedule for Thursday night starting at 7 p.m. ET, which means there are plenty of betting opportunities in the marketplace.
Our experts are making picks on the following games:
- Dallas Mavericks vs. Detroit Pistons 7:00 p.m. ET
- Milwaukee Bucks vs. Toronto Raptors 8:00 p.m. ET
- Philadelphia 76ers vs. Golden State Warriors 10:30 p.m. ET
- Los Angeles Lakers vs. Los Angeles Clippers 10:30 p.m. ET
*All odds as of 4:00 p.m. ET
John Ewing: Lou Williams over 20.5 points
Lou Williams doesn’t start for the Clippers, but that hasn’t kept him from averaging 18.7 points per game this season.
Sweet Lou has a nice matchup against the Lakers, who are allowing an NBA-worst 26.4 points per game to opposing shooting guards. The FantasyLabs player prop tool is projecting Williams to score 24.1 points.
BlackJack Fletcher: Pistons -6
The Mavericks just traded their entire team away. It’s that simple.
Matt Moore: Bucks +2.5
Milwaukee is 4-1 against the spread as an underdog this season. The Raptors are 4-4 at home ATS vs. teams with an above .600 winning percentage. I like the matchup for the Bucks. The Raptors haven’t been great over the past 45 days or so.
They have a few wins that were good in the last month (Jazz, Pacers) but for the most part their last signature win was in December vs. the Warriors. They haven’t been the same with their injuries.
Milwaukee, meanwhile, has been really consistent, and are finding ways to counter some of the counters teams have thrown at them. (You know, counter-counters.) I’ll grab the points with what I think is the better team right now given the ATS perspectives.
Evan Abrams: Warriors first half and full game (-195)
With Super Bowl prop betting in full swing, it’s a good time to talk value, even with favorites. The Warriors are close to -500 to beat the Sixers tonight and over -300 to win the first half.
Under -200, I think this line has value, especially considering how easy it will most likely be to find an out with Golden State in Oracle, entering the game on an 11-game winning streak.
Golden State is coming off a five-game road trip, where they had to travel to the east coast, so there is a chance they come out slow early, but I think they squeak by in the first half and find their usual Warrior rhythm coming out for the second half.