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Thursday's NBA betting tips: Back Celtics and Jazz to win

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The NBA 2018-19 regular season continues on Thursday with three games taking place.

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NBA betting tips from's expert, including the best bets from New York Knicks at Boston Celtics and Houston Rockets at Utah Jazz.

New York Knicks at Boston Celtics (00:00 GMT on Friday)

The Boston Celtics welcome the New York Knicks at the TD Garden in the third meeting between the Atlantic Division rivals this season. Boston beat New York 103-101 at the Madison Square Garden last October 20 before the Knicks bounced back with a 117-109 win in Boston on November 21. The Celtics (13-10) are coming off a 118-109 win at Minnesota last Saturday. Gordon Hayward fired a season-best 30 points off the bench to lead Boston to their third-straight win. The 28-year-old wingman also tallied nine rebounds and eight assists as he registered his first 30-point game in a Boston uniform. The Knicks (8-17), meanwhile, have lost three of four to join neighbours Brooklyn in the bottom of the Atlantic Division. They are coming off a 110-107 home loss to Washington on Monday evening. Expected to lead New York in this duel are Enes Kanter, Tim Hardaway Jr and Emmanuel Mudiay. We expect the Celtics to avenge their earlier home loss to the Knicks.

Houston Rockets at Utah Jazz (03:30 GMT on Friday)

The Houston Rockets head to Salt Lake City for their rematch against the Utah Jazz. The Jazz defused the Rockets 100-89 at the Toyota Centre last October 24 with Donovan Mitchell leading the way with 38 points and seven assists. James Harden paced Houston with 29 points while Carmelo Anthony added 22 off the bench. The Rockets (11-12) kicked off their three-game trip with a 103-91 loss at Minnesota on Tuesday. Mike D’Antoni’s boys led by 14 points at the half only to be outscored 38-20 in the third period. They were also held to just nine points in the final period. Harden tallied 29 points and eight assists while Clint Capela added 24 to pace Houston, who have lost five of their last six games. Expected to help Harden and Capela in this game are Chris Paul and Eric Gordon. The Jazz (12-13) are also struggling this season but they are playing well lately. They beat the San Antonio Spurs 139-105 at home on Tuesday to secure their third win in four games. Seven Utah players hit double figures with Mitchell (20 points) and Rudy Gobert (18 points, 10 rebounds) leading the way. The Jazz are teeming with confident after their big win over the Spurs that’s why we are backing them to get another win over the Rockets.

*odds correct at 04:00 GMT on 6/12/18

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Thursday's NBA betting tips: Back Celtics and Jazz to win

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