Our Action Network NBA analysts Tyler Schmidt and Brandon Anderson have you covered with best bets on the Thunder vs. Nets and Bulls vs. Clippers matchups. Let’s break down how you should boost your bankroll below.
NBA Odds & Picks
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|Thunder vs. Nets||7 p.m. ET|
|Bulls vs. Clippers||9:30 p.m. ET|
Thunder vs. Nets
|Pick||Blake Griffin Under 8.5 Points (+108)|
|Tipoff||7 p.m. ET|
|TV||NBA League Pass|
Tyler Schmidt: There have only been TWO games all season where Griffin scored over 8.5 points as it happened in back-to-back games about a week ago. We have Griffin projected for 7.8 points today against the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The 14-year veteran is averaging a career-low in field goal percentage with 31.7% and points with 6.1 per game. Griffin is shooting an abysmal 18.8% from 3-point range and is only playing 22.7 minutes per game. Over the last three games, Griffin is averaging 3.3 points per game while shooting 19% from the field and a combined 0-14 from downtown.
Griffin does benefit with Nic Claxton and Paul Millsap out of the lineup today, but he still only has a 15.8% usage rate this season. The production runs purely through James Harden and Kevin Durant who combine for a usage rate of 59.5%. Harden is starting to cook, and Durant has been cooking all year.
This young Oklahoma City Thunder team has won four straight games as they have a record of 5-6 this season. They have scored the third-fewest amount of points at 99.6 per game and rank second to last in Offensive Rating. The Nets are a nine-point favorite, so there is a strong chance at a blowout risk.
Bulls vs. Clippers
|Tipoff||9:30 p.m. ET|
|TV||NBA League Pass|
Brandon Anderson: The Bulls finally had their first clunker of the season Friday night when they got run off the court by the Golden State Warriors.
It was one of the big early games of the new season, with many eager to see Chicago up against a real test, and it’s easy to feel like the Bulls failed the test as easily as Golden State took care of business.
Let’s be fair though. The Warriors are the best team in basketball right now, and they’ve made more than a few teams look pretty silly when Steph Curry is red hot from everywhere on the court, and Draymond Green is flying all over the place on defense making plays. There’s no shame in losing to the Warriors.
This is the first game after that, and I expect this Bulls team to play with pride and bounce back as they look to get the bad taste of that loss out of their mouths. DeMar DeRozan and Zach LaVine will set the tone for this team, and DeRozan always enjoys a return to Los Angeles too.
The Clippers have won seven in a row and are playing outstanding defense, but they’re also on the second night of a back-to-back, and it’s not like this has been a real murderer’s row of opponents for LA.
Their wins this season have come against the Blazers (twice), Timberwolves (thrice), Thunder, Hornets, and Heat. The Miami win came with no Jimmy Butler, and the Blazers aren’t playing particularly well and have yet to win a road game.
Chicago doesn’t have a great wing matchup for Paul George, who continues to rain fire to start the season, but LaVine and DeRozan can match him. I think Chicago bounces back with a strong outing here after the first bad loss of the season.
This is a chance for the Bulls to set the tone that losing is not acceptable and get back on track with a quality road win, or at least a close competitive loss. This line is surprisingly high and I think it’s giving the Clippers and their home court a little too much credit. I’ll play the underdog Bulls to +3.5.