NBA picks: Best bets for Thursday night
Alex Buck makes his NBA picks and predictions for Thursday Night, with three best bets.
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NBA Best Bets Tonight: Odds, Picks and Predictions for Thursday, February 9th
Bulls vs Nets Odds, Spread, Moneyline, Over/Under - NBA Betting Lines Feb. 9
Moneyline: Chicago Bulls +130, Brooklyn Nets -150
Spread: Chicago Bulls +3, Brooklyn Nets -3
Total: Over/Under (228.5) points
Chicago Bulls vs Brooklyn Nets Prediction and Pick
The Brooklyn Nets have officially ripped up the Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant era, trading both big names away before the trade deadline on Thursday afternoon. In return, the Nets picked up a haul of players including forward Mikal Bridges, as well as Jae Crowder and Cam Johnson. Add those players to Spencer Dinwiddie and Dorian Finney-Smith and the Nets have half a new roster.
Following a significant overhaul, the Nets may need some time to acclimate to their new roster, however, their starting lineup's performance remains unaffected by the trades at present. Kevin Durant hasn’t played since early January and Edmond Sumner has been doing a great job running the point.
The new look Nets will face the Chicago Bulls on Thursday night, who as it stands still have Zach Lavine on their roster with the deadline just hours away.
The Bulls come into this game after a poor night against the Memphis Grizzlies, scoring just 89 points after a run of three wins against Charlotte, Portland, and San Antonio.
The Chicago Bulls lacks the long-range shooting capabilities compared to the Brooklyn Nets' backcourt. With a league-low average of three-point attempts per game, it remains a concern whether the Bulls will be able to keep up with the scoring production of their opponents.
Cam Thomas is averaging over 30 shots a game so far in February, including a 40-shot night against the LA Clippers just two days ago. The Nets shooting guard has scored 40+ points three nights in a row, and that kind of scoring night would likely prove too much for Chicago.
Brooklyn is averaging over 118 points per game in their last 10 despite playing all those games without Kevin Durant. They’re efficient in shooting too, but so are Chicago, with both teams shooting over 50% in their last 10 games.
While they might be shooting well, neither team creates many second chance opportunities on the offensive end of the floor, with both teams ranking in the bottom five in offensive rebounds.
I’ll back the Nets to cover in this one even if Zach Lavine is still a Chicago Bull by the end of the day. I prefer the Nets shooting opportunities and if Nic Claxton can keep Nikola Vucevic quiet enough inside, Brooklyn should come away with this one.
The Pick: Brooklyn Nets -2 (-110)Bucks vs Lakers Odds, Spread, Moneyline, Over/Under - NBA Betting Lines Feb. 9
Moneyline: Milwaukee Bucks -230, LA Lakers +195
Spread: Milwaukee Bucks -5, LA Lakers +5
Total: Over/Under (237.5) points
Bucks vs Lakers Prediction and Pick
The Milwaukee Bucks are currently the hottest scoring team in the NBA, averaging more than 124 points per game in their last ten games. They also lead the league in rebounding, and with their ability to score inside and their 38% success rate from the three-point line, they are causing headaches for opponents.
The Lakers recently celebrated LeBron James' historic feat of becoming the league's all-time leading scorer, putting up 130 points in a game against the Thunder, but still coming up short in the end. As a team, the Lakers have allowed the third-highest point total per game this season, trailing only the Detroit Pistons and the San Antonio Spurs.
On the other hand, the Bucks are a top-ten team in terms of points allowed and with their league-leading scores and rebounds, they have been winning a lot of games. Giannis Antetokounmpo has scored 50 or more points twice in his last five games and no team allows more shooting attempts per game than the Lakers.
Los Angeles will need to have a sensational scoring night to keep up with the Bucks, which will include getting to the free throw line and shooting well from beyond the arc. The Lakers are shooting an average 30 free throws in their last ten, which leads the NBA, but they’re also one of the league's worst percentage free throw shooters in that same stretch, converting a bottom three 72%.
Milwaukee is just too good of a team for the Lakers right now. Giannis is on top form and the Bucks are playing some of the league's best basketball, while LA have just worked a trade to shake up the roster and adjust.
In what is likely to be a high scoring game, I’ll take the Bucks to cover.
The Pick: Milwaukee Bucks -5 (-110)
Suns vs Hawks Odds, Spread, Moneyline, Over/Under - NBA Betting Lines Feb. 9
Moneyline: Phoenix Suns +200, Atlanta Hawks -240
Spread: Phoenix Suns +6.5, Atlanta Hawks -6.5
Total: Over/Under (229.5) points
Suns vs Hawks Prediction and Pick
The Phoenix Suns made a major acquisition in the recent trade window by bringing in Kevin Durant from the Brooklyn Nets. Although Durant is currently out with a knee injury and won't be available for the lineup, the Suns did have to part ways with Mikal Bridges to make the trade happen, leaving missing pieces in their starting five.
Tonight, the Suns will be facing the Atlanta Hawks, who are one of the top five scoring teams in their last five games. Despite averaging 119 points per game in that stretch, they have only won four of those games. The Hawks have been giving up a high number of shooting attempts per game, and even with Dejounte Murray's 40-point performance against the Portland Trail Blazers, they couldn't secure a win.
Phoenix got Devin Booker back for the first time since late December last night, with the Suns guard playing 26 minutes and scoring 19 points, making two of his eight three-point attempts. Booker will sit this one out as part of his road to returning to the lineup full time, which moved the line in the Hawks favor.
Deandre Ayton is coming into this one after back-to-back nights of 30+ points, shooting over 77% in both of those games and putting up at least 15 rebounds. He’s managed three double doubles in a row and the Suns will need him to win his matchup with Clint Capela in this one.
While Trae Young's scoring has been inconsistent, he has recorded 10+ assists in six of his last seven games. Bogdan Bogdanovic has also been a key player off the bench for the Hawks, with 18+ points in four of his last seven games.
I predict the Hawks to come out on top, but the outcome will depend on Trae Young's shooting accuracy. Despite the absence of Devin Booker and the departure of Mikal Bridges to Brooklyn, I believe the Suns will perform well on the night, covering the spread. Deandre Ayton is in fine form and shooting at a high percentage, and the Suns are a team trending upwards, winning nine of their last 11 games.
The Pick: Phoenix Suns +7 (-110)