Last Updated Feb 10, 2023, 11:33 AM

NBA Daily Tip Sheet - Thursday's Triple Threat

There's several 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, February 9th. Best of luck!

NBA Best Bets for Thursday, February 9

  • Denver Nuggets -6 (-110) @ ORL
  • Bulls-Nets Over 226 (-110)
  • Jrue Holiday (MIL) Over 6.5 Assists (-130) @ LAL

Denver Nuggets -6 (-110) @ ORL

Orlando is currently stationed 13th in the Eastern Conference standings with a record of of 22-33 on the year, however, they certainly haven’t looked like bottom dwellers as of late, considering the Magic enter Thursday riding a solid 7-4 ATS and 6-5 SU run, despite getting tagged as underdogs in ten of those matchups.

It’s no secret that Orlando is finally getting healthy, and they’re playing some of their best basketball at the moment, but personally, I’m still not quite ready to buy into this Magic squad due to the fact that, ironically, they haven’t been challenged much by their opponents as of late, and their efficiency numbers don’t really jump off the statsheet either, considering they rank just 16th in the league in net rating across that window.

On the flip side, Denver somewhat flies under the radar for a squad that owns the second-best record in basketball, currently positioned 1st in the Western Conference standings with a record of 38-17, and they’re now 22-7 in their last 29 games, with 16 of those wins coming by a margin of 7+ points.

To be fair, though, the Nuggets have been a little bit wishy washy in the month of February, they’re now 5-4 in their last nine games, however, I wouldn’t look too far into it heading into tonight’s contest, as they lost tough matchups to the Bucks, Sixers, Thunder, and Timberwolves during that span, who all stand head-and-shoulders above squads like Orlando.

The Magic seem a bit overrated in this spot, considering they’re just 9-12 since late December, and now, they host a Nuggets squad that ranks Top 5 in the league in net rating at a surprisingly cheap price point. (+4.4 NetRtg). So, I’ll back Denver to handle business on the road in this one.

The Nuggets are 22-7 in their last 29 games. (Getty)

Bulls-Nets Over 226 (-110)

There’s a bunch of movement happening within the Nets’ organization at the moment, which in turn, has led to a rather quick downfall for this squad, considering they’re now 5-9 in their last 14 games, primarily due to the fact they rank Bottom 10 in the league in both offensive and defensive rating since January 12th (114.3 ORtg, 117.7 DRtg).

While on the other hand, the Bulls have also experienced their fair share of struggles throughout the year, currently stationed 9th in the Eastern Conference standings with a record of 26-28. However, Chicago has been trending upwards as of late, especially at the offensive end of the floor, considering they’re now 7-4 in their last 11 games, while clearing the 115-point scoring mark in eight of those contests.

Truth be told, I don’t trust either of these squads to win this game, but if there’s one thing that you can consistently count on, it’s their commitment to a run-and-gun style of play, highlighted by the Nets combining with their opponents for an average of 242 PPG across their last ten games, and likewise, the Bulls combining for 228 PPG across their last 20. So, I’ll take the over in this one.

Jrue Holiday (MIL) Over 6.5 Assists (-130) @ LAL

The Bucks are red-hot at the moment, as Milwaukee enters Thursday riding an eight-game win streak, however, it’s certainly no thanks to Jrue Holiday’s recent shooting numbers, considering he’s averaging just 17 PTS, 6.4 REB, and 5.8 AST across that window.

There are times when shots simply won’t go down for every player, though, and sometimes, guys have to find other ways to be a meaningful contributor for their team, and that’s exactly what Holiday has done for Milwaukee recently, especially as a distributor, highlighted by Holiday recording 7+ assists in nine of his last 13 outings for the Bucks, with seven of those performances ringing in at 8+ assists.

So, I’ll back Holiday to keep it going in the passing department in tonight’s matchup against a Lakers squad that ranks 28th in points allowed and 2nd in pace (119 PPG, 101.8 PACE).

Michael's Triple Threat Tracker: 37-27-2 (+640)

  • Denver Nuggets -6 (-110) @ ORL
  • Bulls-Nets Over 226 (-110)
  • Jrue Holiday (MIL) Over 6.5 Assists (-130) @ LAL
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