A couple of unlucky events had us go 1-2 on our best bets on Tuesday in a tough slate to predict. We’ve now shifted our focus to the tasty seven-game slate on Thursday, the 1st of November, where we’re confident we’ve found a couple of winners. Good luck to all following!
Denver Nuggets at Chicago Bulls (11am AEDT)
Our Thursday betting tips kicks off with the Denver Nuggets at Chicago Bulls match-up. The Nuggets have been really impressive to start the season and currently sit in second position in the Western Conference with a 5-1 record. Their only blemish on the season remains their 114-121 loss at the hands of King James and the Lakers. On the other hand, the Bulls are coming off a humiliating defeat to the Warriors where they conceded 92 points in the first half alone, which is the second most in NBA history! They’ll be looking to bounce back and push hard for their third win of the season. The Bulls are currently in ninth place in the Eastern Conference with a 2-5 record.
The Nuggets have got the perfect combination of inside and outside threats and boast one of the deadliest starting-five units in the NBA. Backcourt tandem Jamal Murray and Gary Harris will be licking their lips at the prospect of playing a bulls backcourt that let Klay Thompson (52 points, 14 threes) and Steph Curry (23 points) light them up in just three quarters on Tuesday. Meanwhile, not much positive can be said about the Bulls thus far, except the stellar offensive play of Zach LaVine who’s averaging a career high 28.1 points per game.
Taking into consideration the form of both teams entering this game we were surprised to see the line being set in single digits here. If the Nuggets play anywhere near their best basketball they should be far too strong for the inexperienced Bulls.
Utah Jazz at Minnesota Timberwolves (11am AEDT)
Our second bet of the day comes courtesy of the Utah Jazz at Minnesota Timberwolves match-up. The Jazz come into this game full of confidence a three consecutive and impressive road wins against the Rockets (11 points), Pelicans (21 points) and Mavericks (nine points). Their visit to Minnesota is their fourth and final game of their trip. Meanwhile, the Timberwolves are coming off a win of their own, after they were able to hold off a late surge from LeBron and the Lakers on Tuesday. The Jazz come into this at 4-2 and seventh in the Western Conference, while the Timberwolves are 3-4 and in 10th position in the West.
The Jazz have started the season exactly where they finished the last and look like a genuine threat to the heavyweights in the league. Spearheaded by reigning Defensive Player of the Year Rudy Gobert, their defence has again been spectacular, containing opposition to 106 points per game (sixth in the NBA). On the other hand, the Timberwolves have already been blown out on numerous occasions this season, with opposition teams averaging a whopping 117 points against them.
We feel that the Timberwolves are going to continue to be a basket case while the Jimmy Butler saga continues. In the meantime, we’re more than happy to oppose them with one of the most well-drilled teams in the league at solid odds.
San Antonio Spurs at Phoenix Suns (1:30pm AEDT)
The final game we’re looking at for Thursday’s slate is the San Antonio Spurs at Phoenix Suns. The Spurs have had a Spurs-like start to the season and currently sit in fifth place in the Western Conference with a 4-2 record. In contrast, the Suns have had a Suns-like start to the season and sit in last place in the West at 1-5.
DeMar DeRozan has slipped effortlessly into the Spurs system and is enjoying a stellar start to his 2018-19 campaign. He has poured in 28 points per game to go along 6 rebounds and 8 assists, to help his team to consecutive wins against the Lakers and the Mavs. For the Suns, well, their season got off to a flyer when they destroyed the Mavs by 20 points in their opening game, but since then they’ve lost five on the spin and look set to lose a few more with star guard Devin Booker sitting with a hamstring injury.
The Spurs have won their last four games against the Suns by an average margin of 20.5 points, with their most recent meeting being a 48-point demolition job. We expect this one to be another comfortable double-digit victory for Popovich and the Spurs.
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