Last Updated Feb 24, 2023, 12:06 AM

NBA Daily Tip Sheet Picks and Predictions - 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 23rd. Best of luck!

NBA Best Bets for Thursday, February 23

  • Philadelphia 76ers -4 (-110) vs. MEM
  • Pelicans-Raptors Under 225.5 (-110)
  • Draymond Green (GSW) Over 7.5 Rebounds (-110) @ LAL

Philadelphia 76ers -4 (-110) vs. MEM

The Grizzlies are currently positioned 2nd in the Western Conference standings with a record of 35-22 on the season, however, they certainly didn’t look like formidable title contenders in the weeks leading up to the All-Star Break, highlighted by Memphis posting a miserable record of 4-8 in their last 12 games, while ranking 23rd in the league in net rating during that span.

This Grizzlies’ squad is very young and talented. So, ultimately, it’s only a matter of time before they turn the ship around. But for the time being, Memphis still falls into the category of an excellent regular season team, as opposed to a legitimate threat to win the West, which has been on full display recently.

While on the other hand, Philly strikes me as a more serious contender at the moment. The Sixers are 26-7 since December 9th, marking the best record in the entire league across that window, which comes as no coincidence to the fact they’ve ranked 1st in offensive rating and 10th in defensive rating during that timeframe.

The Grizzlies play excellent at home, yet struggle on the road, currently owning records of 24-5 SU and 18-11 ATS in their own building, and 11-17 SU and 9-19 ATS away from it. So, I’ll fade Memphis on the road in Thursday’s matchup against a Sixers’ squad that’s 23-8 SU and 21-10 ATS at home this season.

Take Philly!

Pelicans-Raptors Under 225.5 (-110)

Toronto closed out the first half of the season with a string of high-scoring affairs, highlighted by the Raptors combining with their opponents for a lofty average of 231 PPG across their last seven games prior to the All-Star Break, which is a little bit jarring for a squad that ranks 19th in scoring 24th in pace (113 PPG, 97.4 PACE).

While on the other hand, New Orleans is known for playing at a much faster speed. However, their pace of play stats have been on the decline as of late, along with the downfall of their overall numbers, considering the Pelicans own a miserable record of 7-17 since New Year’s Eve, which primarily stems from the fact that they’ve fallen short of the 110-point scoring mark in 14 of those 24 contests.

Since January 1st, Toronto and New Orleans both rank Bottom 10 in the league in pace, and for the moment, a slower style of play leans into both of their strong suits. So, I’ll take the ‘under’ in Thursday's matchup between two squads that are known for playing much better defense than the efforts they've displayed as of late.

Take the Under!
The Warriors are 2-6 ATS in their last eight games. (Getty)

Draymond Green (GSW) Over 7.5 Rebounds

Draymond Green was surprisingly quiet on the glass in his last four contests leading up to the All-Star Break, highlighted by Draymond averaging just 4.5 rebounds per game across the Warriors’ latest 1-3 skid, while falling short of nine rebounds in all four of those affairs.

Prior to the last four games, though, Green had gathered 9+ boards in seven of his last nine outings for Golden State, with five of those performances crossing the double-digit rebound mark.

The Warriors are difficult to trust at the moment. Steph Curry has been sidelined for their last five contests, and he’ll be sidelined again in this one. However, without Curry in the lineup, Golden State has to be on its A-Game, and complementary pieces such as Green typically assume a much bigger role.

So, I’ll back Draymond to bounce back in the rebounding department in Thursday’s matchup against a Lakers squad that currently ranks 7th in points scored and 26th in points allowed (117 PPG, 118 OPPG).

Bet On Draymond!

Michael's Triple Threat Tracker: 47-32-2 (+998)

  • Philadelphia 76ers -4 (-110) vs. MEM
  • Pelicans-Raptors Under 225.5 (-110)
  • Draymond Green (GSW) Over 7.5 Rebounds (-110) @ LAL
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