BlackJack’s Favorite NBA, NHL Plays for Thursday

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  • BlackJack breaks down his favorite NBA and NHL bets for Thursday night.
  • See his against the spread picks for Raptors-Spurs and Nuggets-Kings and moneyline play in Hurricanes-Flyers.

New day, new opportunity, new wins. That’s the attitude of this team.

Always moving forward. No matter what happened yesterday, it’s “So what? Who cares? What’s next?” That’s all we care about: What’s next? The most important win is the next win, and we are out to get as many of them as possible on Thursday night.

Here are the three games we’re targeting:

  • Carolina Hurricanes at Philadelphia Flyers: 7 p.m. ET
  • Toronto Raptors at San Antonio Spurs: 8 p.m. ET on TNT
  • Denver Nuggets at Sacramento Kings: 10 p.m. ET

Let’s cash some tickets, baby!

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Carolina Hurricanes at Philadelphia Flyers (-120)

This is a good spot to back a short home favorite. The Flyers have lost four in a row, and each time that’s happened this season, they’ve won the fifth game. They also played the Hurricanes recently in the Tar Heel state and lost, so there’s a slight revenge factor at play.

Philly is at a point in its season where turnaround has to begin soon, or it won’t happen at all. I like the Flyers at home with the short price.

THE PICK: Philadelphia ML

Toronto Raptors at San Antonio Spurs (-1.5)

This is a game we all had circled on the calendar after the Kawhi Leonard trade. He returns to San Antonio while DeMar DeRozan gets his first look at his former squad.

The Spurs have been playing great basketball lately, particularly at home. The Raptors could also be without Kyle Lowry, and even if he does suit up, he’d be at less than 100%.

I can’t shake the feeling that this is a huge night for DeRozan. He was so hurt by the trade and seems to be so happy in San Antonio that I think he torches the Raptors.

THE PICK: San Antonio -1.5

Denver Nuggets (-3.5) at Sacramento Kings

The Nuggets have risen to the top of the Western Conference — and I don’t think any of us expected Denver to hold the top seed out West in 2019. Yet, here we are.

The Kings have also been a pleasant surprise, contending for the playoffs at the back end of the conference, but the Nuggets have done this with a plethora of injuries, and now they’re starting to get healthy and are playing even better.

I like the Nuggets to go on the road and take care of business.

THE PICK: Denver -3.5