It’s deadline day in the NBA, which means it’s the last chance for teams to make any moves that could help them achieve their goals this season. With that being said, there are also six games on the schedule for February 7th, and we have the best bets of the night in our NBA betting rundown.
Indiana Pacers To COVER (-6.0) vs. Los Angeles Clippers
When star player Victor Oladipo went down with a season-ending injury, the Pacers looked a bit lost and it was unclear whether they’d regain enough momentum to stay in the playoff hunt out East. Well, after winning three-straight, including a 42-point demolition of the LeBron-led Lakers, it’s safe to say they are still a threat. Tonight, they host the other L.A. team that is going through some significant personnel changes, after trading away their leading scorer Tobias Harris, as well as fan-favorite Boban Marjanovic and role player Mike Scott. It is unclear whether the players that the Clippers received in return (W. Chandler, L. Shamet) will be available in Indiana on Thursday. Plus, forward Danilo Gallinari is still listed as questionable, after missing the last ten games with back spasms. Nevertheless, the Pacers are 19-7 at home and have found their footing of late, so consider betting on the to COVER (-110) at home. After all, they are 4-0 against the spread versus the Clippers over the last three seasons.
Oklahoma City Thunder To COVER (-14.0) vs. Memphis Grizzlies
Sometimes, it can be difficult to assess whether or not to wager on a spread as large as this one; however, when you take a look at the Grizzlies’ injury report, it might make things easier. First off, Marc Gasol didn’t even make the trip to Oklahoma City, as many insiders are still speculating as to whether or not he will be moved before the trade deadline. In addition, Joakim Noah, JaMychal Green and Kyle Anderson are all listed as questionable for tonight’s game, while Garrett Temple is listed as doubtful. Furthermore, the Grizzlies are 2-14 in their last 16 games on the road. On the flip side, OKC is 18-7 at home on the year, winning their last four games at Chesapeake Energy Arena, including wins against Milwaukee and Portland. The Thunder have dominated Memphis over the last three seasons, going 5-3 against the spread and 7-1 straight-up during that span. OKC has the fourth-best overall COVER percentage in the league this season (56.6), while Memphis has the fifth-worst (44.4). Also, the Thunder are in the top-10 in COVER percentage as the home team (56.0), as the favorite (54.5) and as the home favorite (54.2). And lastly, the spread is set high at 14 points; however, OKC (115.2) actually averages 14.8 more points per game than Memphis (100.4) this season. Consider betting on the Thunder to COVER (-110) at Bovada.
San Antonio Spurs & Portland Trail Blazers OVER 228 Points (-110)
Gregg Popovich chose to rest his two best players against the Warriors last night, which resulted in a 39-point blowout loss. With that being said, LaMarcus Aldridge and DeMar DeRozan should be plenty rested for their matchup with Portland on Thursday. Bovada has the over/under set at 228 points for tonight’s game. It should be said that these teams have finished OVER that mark in each of their first two head-to-head games this season. In fact, seven of the last nine times they’ve faced one another, the game has resulted in the OVER. Furthermore, the Spurs actually have the highest OVER percentage in the league this season (60.0), and it’s even higher when they play on the road (69.2). And it’s even higher than that when they are road underdogs (77.8). All signs are pointing towards the OVER (-110) again tonight, so consider betting on a high-scoring matchup in Portland.