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NBA best bets: Thursday 1/23

by Covers.com
Updated On: January 23, 2020, 5:27 pm ET

SNAPPING A LOSING STREAK

The Cavaliers hope to snap their five-game losing streak as they host the Wizards as 2.5-point home favorites. The Wizards rank last in the league in scoring defense and surrender 122.7 points per game on the road. Over their last three games Washington has given up 134 or more points twice.

Look for Cleveland to capitalize off a porous Wizards defense and improve on their 6-15 home record. Take the Cavaliers on the spread laying 2.5-points.

BUILDING OFF A CAREER NIGHT

The Wizards allow 23.6 points and a league-high 17.6 rebounds per game to opposing centers. Cleveland's Tristan Thompson is coming off a game where he logged 22 rebounds through 35 minutes and has grabbed 13 or more boards in five of his last nine games.

Look for Thompson to continue to be active on the glass. Bet Over his rebounding total of 11.5.

 

GETTING BACK KEY PIECES

The Lakers are 5-point favorites on the road as they take on the Nets. Los Angeles has Kyle Kuzma, and Rajon Rondo listed as probable, and Anthony Davis questionable for Thursday's contest. For the Nets, DeAndre Jordan is questionable with a finger injury, and Kyrie Irving has been upgraded to probable.

Both the Lakers and Nets can put up points early, with L.A. averaging 28.7 first quarter ppg away from home, and the Nets averaging 27.9 ppg at Barclays Center. Both teams will be getting back key offensive weapons today and should have no problems scoring early. Bet Over the first quarter total of 58.

 

DOING IT THE HARDAWAY

The Blazers are 4-point underdogs as they host the Mavericks. Portland will likely have Trevor Ariza and Hassan Whiteside suit up for today's contest, but still have CJ McCollum listed as questionable.

Dallas' Tim Hardaway Jr. has been efficient from beyond the arc this season connecting on 39.2 percent of his shots from long range. He has hit three or more 3-pointers in six of the Mavs last eight games.

When these teams met earlier this season, Hardaway shot 11-of-23 from the floor for 20 points. Look for similar numbers today and bet Over his points total of 15.5.

 

LIGHTING IT UP

The Blazers have given up an average of 114.2 ppg at home. During their last three games overall they have surrendered 121 ppg.

The Mavs come in averaging a league-high 118.6 ppg in away contests and have won 10 of their last 13 games on the road. Look for Dallas to prove too strong offensively and lay the points with the Mavs.

 

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