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Thursday's NBA betting tips: Thunder and Celtics backed to win

Lorenzo Gahol 14 Mar 2019
  • NBA 2018-19 games on Thursday 
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The NBA 2018-19 regular season continues on Thursday with six games taking place.

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NBA betting tips from's expert, including the best bets from from Oklahoma City Thunder at Indiana Pacers and Sacramento Kings at Boston Celtics,

Oklahoma City Thunder at Indiana Pacers (23:00 GMT)

The Oklahoma City Thunder and Indiana Pacers face off for the first time this season. Both teams are targeting to get a home-court advantage in the play-offs. The Thunder (42-26) are currently ranked fourth in the Western Conference. They are coming off back-to-back wins over Utah (98-89) and Brooklyn (108-96) and have won four of their last six games. Expected to lead OKC in this duel are Russell Westbrook and Paul George, who spent the first seven seasons of his NBA career with the Pacers before joining OKC in 2017-18. Westbrook tallied 31 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists against the Nets on Wednesday while George added 25 and nine rebounds. Backing up OKC’s prolific duo in this duel are Dennis Schroeder, Jerami Grant and Steven Adams. Markieff Morris will again like sit out after missing their last game with a neck injury. The Pacers (43-25), meanwhile, are neck-and-neck with the Philadelphia 76ers in the race for the No 3 seed in the Eastern Conference. They are coming off a 103-98 win over the New York Knicks on Tuesday to snap a two-game skid. Bojan Bogdanovic is out to impress anew after dropping 24 points against the Knicks. The Croatian forward has emerged as Indiana’s top scorer after Victor Oladipo went down with a season-ending  knee injury last January. Head coach Nate McMillan will also count on Domantas Sabonis, Myles Turner, Wesley Matthews, Thaddeus Young and Darren Collison. The Thunder won both meetings against the Pacers last season and we expect the same result in this duel.

Sacramento Kings at Boston Celtics (00:30 GMT on Friday)

The Boston Celtics are targeting their second win over the Sacramento Kings in eight days. They squared off at the Golden 1 Centre last March 6 with the Celtics pulling off a 111-109 win despite missing Kyrie Irving. Jayson Tatum led Boston with 24 points while Al Horford had an all-around effort of 21 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists. Harrison Barnes paced Sacramento with 24 points while Buddy Hield chipped in 23. The Celtics had taken three in a row and six of seven in the series. The Kings haven’t won in Boston since 2007. The Celtics (41-27) are determined to get back on track after concluding their four-game trip with a 140-115 loss to the Los Angels Clippers on Monday. Irving, Horford and Marcus Morris are expected to lead Boston in this duel while Terry Rozier is out to impress anew after topscoring with 23 points in their last game. Jayson Tatum is uncertain after missing out against LA with a right shoulder injury. The Kings (33-33) need this win as they are still 4 1/2 games below the play-offs zone with less than a month left in the regular season. David Joerger’s boys head to Boston after suffering a 121-115 loss at Washington on Monday. Hield and Barnes are again expected to lead Sacramento in this duel after scoring 23 and 15 points, respectively, against the Wizards. They are expected to get support from De'Aaron Fox, Bogdan Bogdanovic and Willie Cauley-Stein. We are backing the Celtics to triumph at home.

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Thursday's NBA betting tips: Thunder and Celtics backed to win

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