Looking for the best NBA Betting Picks? In this article, we’ll give you our top basketball betting picks for two games on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020. These matchups include the Los Angeles Clippers at Boston Celtics & Oklahoma City Thunder at New Orleans Pelicans.
Los Angeles Clippers (+1.5/ML: +102) at Boston Celtics – Total: 228
8:00 p.m. EST TD Garden – Boston, MA
A pair of NBA-title hopefuls do battle on the night before the All-Star break, as the Los Angeles Clippers travel to face the Boston Celtics. This will be an incredibly tight matchup, exactly like the first time these teams played. Our top basketball betting pick is for the Clippers to get the win. Let’s look at the numbers to make some more sense of this.
NBA Betting Line: Clippers at Celtics
The two teams have nearly identical records (LAC: 37-17, BOS: 37-16), so it’s no surprise to see a tight spread on this game. Back in November, the Clippers wound up getting the close three-point victory over the Celtics in LA.
Clippers Betting Form
The Clippers have only lost consecutive games once this season – back in mid-November, at Houston and New Orleans in consecutive days. LA is a team that is very driven, so going into the All-Star break with two consecutive losses isn’t something that’s going to sit well in that locker room.
Paul George is coming off one of the worst shooting performances of his career, going 3-for-15 from the field on Tuesday night in Philly. Marquee shooters like PG13 aren’t going to have two bad games in a row like that – look for him to bounce back strong. Of course, LA still has a talented roster of players like Kawhi Leonard, Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell.
The other night, Houston was able to get to the free-throw line a ton against an undisciplined Boston team. We can expect LA to take a similar approach and get the win.
Celtics Betting Form
The Celtics just had their seven-game winning streak snapped on Thursday. Unlike the Clippers, they have lost consecutive games six times this season. To say that Boston is a streaky team would be an understatement. In fact, there has only been one time this season where the Celtics have only won one game and not have it followed up by another victory.
Perhaps, the biggest problem that Boston could have with LA is the matchups. Nearly every player on this roster can be bodied by any Clippers player. When the teams squared off in November, Jayson Tatum went bananas for 30 points. Don’t think Kawhi and PG13 have forgotten that.
NBA Betting Pick: Clippers ML (+102)
As we mentioned, the Clippers aren’t losing consecutive games much at all this season. With the All-Star break looming, LA is not going to take this game lightly. The Celtics already had their fun, and it’s time for the Clippers to get retribution against the world for Tuesday’s loss.
Oklahoma City Thunder at New Orleans Pelicans (-2.5/ML: -130) – Total: 234
8:00 p.m. EST Smoothie King Center – New Orleans, LA
Two more teams will close out the NBA’s first half of the season, as the Oklahoma City Thunder travel to face the New Orleans Pelicans. This has been a one-sided affair, with OKC winning all three matchups this season. We think it’s time for a chance, and that’s why our basketball betting pick is for the Pelicans to finally get one in the win column. Let’s dive into some factors that lend some optimism to the situation.
NBA Betting Line: Thunder at Pelicans
Each of the three meetings between the teams this season has been pretty tight. The first game was decided by 11 points, the second by five points and the latest by three. All of the spreads in these games have been listed between 2.5 and 4.5 points. It’s incredibly tough to sweep the season series for a team, especially when a team is playing as well as the Pelicans.
Thunder Betting Form
OKC has played well over its head this season, putting them in a prime position to make the playoffs. No one saw this coming, and you have to wonder if a late-season letdown is coming. After all, they’ve lost each of the last two games – both of which came at home. Now, OKC will be heading into a hostile New Orleans crowd that believes its team has a shot to make the playoffs.
Pelicans Betting Form
Part of the reason that New Orleans hasn’t defeated OKC this season is that Zion Williamson wasn’t even playing. In fact, all three of those losses came in the first six weeks of the season; that was when the Pelicans were a much worse team. Now, with Zion getting more experience under him, the sky is the limit for this team.
Brandon Ingram is listed as questionable with the ankle injury that has kept him out the last 2.5 games. The Pelicans haven’t lost any of those games, which shows just how truly deep this team is. Obviously, New Orleans would love to have Ingram in the lineup, but things have been working out regardless. This would be an added boost if Ingram winds up playing. Nevertheless, we’ll take our chances with the Pelicans.
NBA Betting Pick: Pelicans -2.5 (-110)
As we mentioned, it’s very tough for a team to be beaten four times in one season by the same opponent. Not to mention, all three of those losses seem like a lifetime ago – they did happen last decade (wink, wink). This Pelicans team is turning out to be who we thought they could with Zion in the lineup. OKC will certainly find that out tonight, whether Ingram plays or not.
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