There’s another big slate in the NBA this Thursday, the 6th of February, headlined by the juicy Heat at Clippers matchup. We have a full preview and betting tips for some of the key matchups in the Thursday slate below.
The Suns were unable to get anywhere near the Nets in their most recent game, going down by 22 points in a wire to wire loss. Devin Booker had a rare off night with 11 points on 3 of 15 shooting, while DeAndre Ayton had a good outing with 25 points and 17 rebounds. The Suns have now lost three in a row since demolishing the Mavericks and are now five games back of the eighth seed.
The Pistons have been marred by injuries since they stepped out on the court for the first time this season and things don’t look to be getting any better. They managed to put up just 82 points against the Grizzlies last time out, losing by 14 points to make it six losses from their past seven games. They come into this with an 18-34 record, which has them five games back from the eighth seed.
Neither team comes into this in winning form; however, we do see the Suns as the more likely victor here. They’ve actually been better on the road (11-13) compared to at home (9-17) this season and get a great opportunity to get back onto the winners list against a Pistons team littered with injuries.
The Cavaliers were always going to struggle this season and we’re seeing the full force of the incapability of their roster right now. They’re coming off an overtime loss against the Knicks last time out, which was their fourth loss in a row and their 11th from their past 12 games. They’re now the holders of the second worst record in the league and don’t look like improving on that anytime soon.
The Thunder were a bit of an unknown coming into this season, but they’ve proven to be a very handy team. Chris Paul is playing at an All Star level and has guided this team to a 30-20 record through 50 games. The Thunder are currently the seventh seed in the West, but are more than capable of improving on that given the form they’re in at the moment.
As mentioned above, the Cavs have lost 11 of their last 12 and they come up against a Thunder team that has won seven of their past eight. Add in the fact that the Thunder are the home side here and you’ve got the formula for a very one-sided affair. We expect OKC to win this by 15+ points.
The Hear were very impressive in their recent performance against the Sixers, defeating them by a whopping 31 points in Miami. Jimmy Butler was the star of the show against his old side with 38 points in three quarters. The Heat now boast a dominant 22-3 record on their home floor, although it’ll be a while before they get back on it as they embark on a six game road trip.
The Clippers were just able to get over the line in their recent meeting with the Spurs, coming out on top by three points. That was their second win in a row and eighth from their last 10 games. The Clippers haven’t been as consistent as they’d like this season, but they’ve still managed to muster up the second best record in the West as we approach the All Star break.
The Heat have been impressive this season, but they have had their struggled on the road (12-12). They’ve got the worst road record of all the teams in the top 10 for W/L and certainly won’t find it easy when they travel to LA. We expect the Clippers (21-5 at home) to be too good in this matchup.
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