TNT broadcasts two of the most competitive games of the week on Thursday, Jan. 10. The first battle has the Boston Celtics taking on the Miami Heat. The second game showcases Russell Westbrook and Paul George against the hottest teams in the NBA, the San Antonio Spurs. Where to park your money in Thursday NBA Free Picks is the big question.
In the first matchup, one of the league’s pre-season favorites to win the title travels to Florida to take on the always tough Heat. After a rough first month, the Celtics have climbed back to within 3 games of Atlantic Division leading Toronto. Every game, Boston seems to improve. If they beat the Pacers on Jan. 9, they’ll take a 4-game win streak into this matchup on Thursday.
All eyes will be on Russell and PG-13 in the second game on TNT. The Oklahoma City Thunder have kept pace with Northwest leading Denver by winning 4 of their last 6. OKC feels they can take the Western Conference. They face a major test against the Spurs on Jan. 10, though.
In November, it appeared as if the Spurs might have finally become a bad basketball team. San Antonio looked like a shell of the one that has been a decades long force in the Western Conference. But, Gregg Popovich inspired his team to play amazing hoops in December. San Antonio went 11-5 that month. They’ve gone 3-0 in January while dominating Eastern Conference foes.
Can the Spurs keep it going against Russel and the Thunder? Will Boston show the Heat why they’re an Eastern Conference power? Check out an analysis and pick for Celtics at Heat and Thunder at Spurs.
Thursday, Jan. 10
Boston Celtics at Miami Heat
Boston’s been pretty fantastic in their last few games. Granted, they must battle tough Indiana at home on Jan. 9 before this Jan. 10 throw down with Miami, but not counting the game against the Pacers, the Celtics have gone 4-1 SU and ATS in their last 5. The lone loss was to the San Antonio Spurs.
Miami did beat Boston in the last game between these two, 90-89 on Dec. 20. Miami also gets a day of rest before hosting the Celtics. The Heat must take on surprising Denver on Jan. 8 and are only 9-11 ATS at home even though they are 21-17 ATS overall.
The one trend that should mean something in this is how Boston is only 8-12 ATS in away games this season. Even though the Celtics play the second of a back-to-back, it’s difficult to see them not entering Miami either a favorite or a 1 to 2 point dog. Indiana should soften the Celtics up enough for Miami to grab the SU victory.
Thursday NBA Free Picks: Heat SU
Oklahoma City Thunder at San Antonio Spurs
Oklahoma City is within a couple of games of overtaking the Denver Nuggets in the Northwest. They’re a decent 22-17 ATS overall and are much deeper than at any time since Russell Westbrook entered the NBA.
Paul George leads the team in scoring, Westbrook leads the team in assists, and center Steve Adams leads the team in rebounds. The ability to rely on 3 different players makes Oklahoma City a team to fear.
Right now, the San Antonio Spurs don’t fear anybody. You already read about how great the Spurs have been SU. Check this out: they’ve gone 14-2-1 ATS in their last 17. That includes going 3-0 ATS in all 3 games in January. Overall, San Antonio is 16-6 ATS at home.
Oklahoma City has the stars. San Antonio’s playing like the best team in the NBA.
Thursday NBA Free Picks: Spurs ATS