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Thursday’s NBA schedule includes multiple MVP candidates and title contenders in action from coast to coast. LeBron James and the Lakers face the Indiana Pacers, with the 38-year-old just 89 points away from breaking Karen Abdul-Jabbar’s career NBA scoring record. LA is also in a position where every win matters in a congested Western Conference, and a road win against the Pacers would be helpful in their playoff chase.
Ja Morant, Luka Doncic, and Nikola Jokic are all set to play Thursday evening against teams in playoff positions currently. This night will be another chance to continue their individual bids for hardware as well as cement their team’s position in the standings as the All-Star break draws closer.
We’ve prepared a best bet card with player props for Thursday night’s NBA slate and present those selections for the bettors craving side action in games featuring some of the NBA’s best.
Best Available Odds: -113 at FanDuel
Randle’s role as the Knick’s top scorer and main offensive weapon has continued to grow as the season has worn on. The former Kentucky Wildcat averaged 38.5 minutes, 20.3 shot attempts, and 26.3 points per game during 15 January contests. That stretch included eight games of 25 or more points and he scored 32+ points five times.
Before the Knicks’ two most recent matchups, Randle had shot 50% or better in four consecutive games. Since then he’s made just 13-of-35 attempts, including 3-of-15 from three-point range in losses to the Nets and Lakers.
We expect Randle to reclaim the strong form he showed for nearly all of last month and score 25+ points against Miami on Thursday. Take the Over with New York's big fella!
Best Available Odds: +130 at BetRivers
The second-year man for the Bulls has largely maintained his statistical performance from his rookie season until now, with a few exceptions. His three-point shooting rate has decreased to well below league average despite playing a similar amount of minutes, although his role has noticeably changed.
Dosunmu started 52% of the games he appeared in last season compared to 83% of those games this year.
More time spent on the floor against an opponent’s top players can have that effect on a player’s box score.
One area he’s improved is offensive rebounding, where Dosunmu has nearly doubled his per-game output from last season. We don’t need much for him to successfully go over this total, and we predict he’ll do that on Chicago’s home floor against the second-worst shooting team in the league.
Best Available Odds: +165 at BetMGM
This parlay of Bucks’ starters takes into account recent performance and their roles on the team. Allen is back to averaging nearly a steal per game in his second year as a starter for the team and has nabbed eight in his last five games.
Lopez, meanwhile, is averaging the most shot attempts and points per game during his five seasons in Milwaukee in a continuation of his transformation to a three-and-D big man.
His block stats have increased dramatically, up to 2.5 per game, which would be a career-high, but his per-game steals rate dropped to its lowest point in his time as a member of the Bucks.
Both players have more juice on their own totals than we’d like, so we’ll bundle them together to get a plus-money return if both plays come home.