We had another profitable day with our NBA betting tips on Tuesday and are back again on Thursday to attack the big nine game slate. Check out our best spread and player prop bets from some of the key games below and good luck if following!
NBA Betting Tips: Thursday, 25th of February
Golden State Warriors at Indiana Pacers
Bakers Life Fieldhouse, 11:30am AEDT
Golden State Warriors are coming off a win over the Knicks on Tuesday that snapped a two-game losing streak. They’ll be playing their fourth game of this road trip on Thursday and are now 6-9 in away games this season, compared to a much better 11-6 record on their home deck.
Indiana Pacers needed overtime to see of the Timberwolves on the road in their most recent outing. That win was their third from their past four games, taking their season record to 15-14, which is surprisingly good enough four fourth spot in the weaker Eastern Conference.
These clubs met around five weeks ago in San Francisco and it was the Pacers who saluted via a 104-95 score line. The Pacers overcame a double-digit deficit on that occasion and we expect them to be too strong again on Thursday. The Warriors have been poor on the road this season and nine of their last 11 games on the second leg of a back-to-back, which makes the Pacers great value in this meeting.
Domantas Sabonis was one of the major snubs for the All-Star game this season considering he’s averaging 22/12/6 per game. There’s no doubt he will be playing with a chip on his shoulder as a result and will likely put up big numbers against a Warriors outfit playing without a true centre due to injuries.
Prop: Sabonis O22.5 Points ($1.84)
Indiana Pacers -1.5
Houston Rockets at Cleveland Cavaliers
Quicken Loans Arena, 11:30am AEDT
Houston Rockets were blown out by the Bulls by 20 points last start to make it eight losses on the spin. The most alarming stat during this stretch is they’ve lost four of those games by 20+ points. The Rockets have slid down to 14th in the West with only the Timberwolves beneath them.
Cleveland Cavaliers are going through a very tough stretch of their own but were finally able to get back on the winners list in their most recent game against the Hawks (112-111). Prior to that the Cavs had lost 10 straight games, eight of those by double-digit margins. They’re now 14th in the East and hold the third worst record in the league.
This is a battle between arguably the two worst form teams in the competition at the moment. In saying that, the Cavaliers were able to negotiate a win last start and have a fantastic opportunity to make it back-to-back wins against the Rockets. We expect them to take advantage of it and attempt to kickstart their season.
A key player that will have a mismatch all game long in this game is Jarrett Allen. He’s in some of the best form of his young career and is getting all the minutes he can handle with Andre Drummond out of the rotation and Larry Nance and Kevin Love both injured. Expect Allen to have another big night at the office against the undersized Rockets.
Prop: Allen O32.5 PRA ($1.87)
Cleveland Cavaliers +2.5
Charlotte Hornets at Phoenix Suns
PHX Arena, 1pm AEDT
Charlotte Hornets led the league-leading Jazz at the half in their last time out, but were thoroughly outplayed in the second half and went onto lose by 22 points. The Hornets have now lost three of their past five games and all three of those losses have been by 12+ points. They’ve slid down to ninth in the East standings but can jump to as high as sixth if things go their way on Thursday.
Phoenix Suns are rolling at the moment and are coming off a huge win against the Trail Blazers (132-100). It was the Suns second straight 30+ point win and their ninth win from their past 10 games. The Suns recent winning form has seen them climb to fourth in the West with a 20-10 record.
These teams are yet to meet this season, in fact, they haven’t played each other in over 13 months. The Suns are clearly the better team of the two and look like they’ll finally play playoff basketball this season having not featured since 2010. We fully expect them to dispatch the Hornets on Thursday in a very comfortable fashion.
Probably the biggest of all the All-Star snubs was Suns star, Devin Booker. He’s putting up 25 a night on 50% shooting for a team with the fourth best record in the league, yet couldn’t make his way into the All-Star game. Booker will certainly be p*ssed off at his snubbing and will be a man on a mission on Thursday.
Prop: Booker O25.5 Points ($1.88)