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NBA Daily Tip Sheet - Thursday's Triple Threat

There's many ways to bet on the NBA, and some of the most popular ones include taking a side, a full-game total, or a player prop. So, this is what we like to call our Daily Triple Threat. Our three best bets in the aforementioned categories for NBA matchups on Thursday, January 12. Best of luck!

NBA Best Bets for Thursday, January 12

  • James Harden (PHI) Over 6.5 Rebounds (-105) vs. OKC
  • Nets-Celtics Over 227.5 (-110)
  • Cleveland Cavaliers -3 (-110) @ POR

James Harden (PHI) Over 6.5 Rebounds

The Sixers currently rank 25th in the league in pace, which has become somewhat typical for this Philly squad anchored by All-Pro center Joel Embiid. However, they’ve been playing much faster as of late, highlighted by the Sixers racking up an average of 121 PPG across their last ten games, and they’ve now cleared the 120-point mark in four of their last five.

Which has led to an uptick in individual production across the board for this squad, especially for James Harden’s hustle stats, considering he’s averaging 12.2 assists and 6.8 rebounds across his last nine contests, which includes a trio of triple-doubles during that stretch.

So, I’ll back Harden to have a solid night in the rebounding department, as he’s tallied 6+ rebounds in nine of his last 14 outings. And we’ll probably see that trend continue tonight against a Thunder squad that ranks Top 3 in the league in both pace and field goals attempted per game.

Bet On Harden!

Nets-Celtics Over 227.5 (-110)

The Celtics posted a 125-114 victory over New Orleans last night, which was pretty on-brand with this squad’s recent pace of play, considering Boston has now scored 116+ points in eight of their last ten contests, and at the defensive end, they’ve surrendered a lofty average of 116 PPG across their last six.

While on the other hand, Brooklyn has been quiet in the scoring department recently, highlighted by the Nets averaging just 107 PPG across their last three games, and falling short of the 110-point mark in two of those contests.

However, prior to their latest three-game stretch, the Nets were playing at a remarkably fast pace, considering Brooklyn entered the month of January having scored 118+ points in 8-of-12 matchups, with seven of those performances clearing the 122-point mark.

So, I’ll back the Nets to return to their high-scoring ways in tonight’s matchup against a Celtics squad that’s either scored or allowed 120+ points in eight of their last ten games.

Take the Over!

Cleveland Cavaliers -3 (-110) @ POR

The Blazers posted a solid 10-4 run to open the season. However, they’ve been an absolute disaster since that point, and it doesn’t look like they’ll be turning things around anytime soon, considering Portland has posted a record of 9-17 since that run, and they’ve now lost eight of their last ten games.

While on the other hand, Cleveland has certainly had its fair share of struggles as of late, especially at the defensive end of the floor. The Cavs’ are now 4-5 in their last nine games, which has been a completely out of character stretch for them, having surrendered 118+ points in five of those contests, despite currently leading the lead in points allowed per game at an average of 107 PPG.

Fortunately, though, a dominant defensive effort typically isn’t necessary in order to top this Blazers squad, who’s now fallen short of 107 points in four straight games, and ranks 23rd in the league in scoring. So, I’ll back Cleveland to handle business on the road here.

Take Cleveland!

Michael's Triple Threat Tracker: 13-5 (+693)

  • James Harden (PHI) Over 6.5 Rebounds (-105) vs. OKC
  • Nets-Celtics Over 227.5 (-110)
  • Cleveland Cavaliers -3 (-110) @ POR
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