NBA King of the Hill Tournament: Our Staff’s Picks for Thursday’s 4 Games


Photo credit: Maddie Meyer/Getty Images. Pictured: Gordon Hayward and Russell Westbrook

Tonight after our live pushup contest, The Action Network’s King of the Hill 1-on-1 NBA tournament will continue with four games. We’ll be airing the games back-to-back-to-back-to-back live on our Twitter handle.

If you missed the action thus far, here are the streams and results.

And here are tonight’s games, along with how our NBA experts are projecting them to go. Good luck!

1. LeBron James vs. 16. Kelly Oubre

Time: Thursday night | Watch @ActionNetworkHQ

  • Spread: LeBron -6.5
  • Moneyline: LeBron -4500, Oubre +2500
  • Over/Under: 15.5

There were lots of people who picked Kawhi Leonard, Kevin Durant or Giannis Antetokounmpo to win this tournament, making it seem like LeBron James might be underrated currently?

He’ll start his campaign against a fellow wing in Phoenix’s Kelly Oubre, who has had an outstanding 2019-20 season. Will LeBron flex his muscles early or can Oubre hang with the King?

Here are our staff’s picks …

  • Wob: Oubre +6.5, LeBron -4500, Over 15.5
  • Moore: LeBron -6.5, LeBron -4500, Under 15.5
  • Phan: Oubre +6.5, LeBron -4500, Over 15.5

8. Zach LaVine vs. 9. Kemba Walker

Time: Thursday night | Watch @ActionNetworkHQ

  • Spread: Pick’em
  • Moneyline: LaVine -130, Kemba +100
  • Over/Under: 17.5

Two of the supreme buck-getters in the world, LaVine vs. Kemba is a heckuva first-round matchup.

The difference in this one might be size: LaVine has quite a few inches on Kemba; will he use that size to his advantage? Or will Kemba use his craftiness and quickness to score the upset?

Here are our staff’s picks …

  • Wob: LaVine pick, LaVine -130, Over 17.5
  • Moore: LaVine pick, LaVine -130, Over 17.5
  • Phan: LaVine pick, LaVine -130, Over 17.5

5. Russell Westbrook vs. 12. Gordon Hayward

Time: Thursday night | Watch @ActionNetworkHQ

  • Spread: Westbrook -3.5
  • Moneyline: Westbrook -340, Hayward +290
  • Over/Under: 17.5

Force vs. style.

Westbrook will attack the rim relentlessly as usual, but he’ll have to do it against the taller Hayward.

Will Russ’ sheer force of will give him the advantage or will Hayward use his size and skill to score the ole 12-5 upset?

Here are our staff’s picks …

  • Wob: Westbrook -3.5, Westbrook -340, Under 17.5
  • Moore: Hayward +3.5, Westbrook -340, Over 17.5
  • Phan: Westbrook -3.5, Westbrook -340, Under 17.5

4. Bradley Beal vs. 13. Buddy Hield

Time: Thursday night | Watch @ActionNetworkHQ

  • Spread: Beal -3.5
  • Moneyline: Beal -450, Hield +350
  • Over/Under: 17.5

Two of the best shooters in the league will go up against each other in the first round. Will it be a shoot-out or will they try to attack the rim?

Here are our staff’s picks …

  • Wob: Beal -3.5, Beal -450, Under 17.5
  • Moore: Beal -3.5, Beal -450, Under 17.5
  • Phan: Hield +3.5, Beal -450, Over 17.5

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