Thursday night's TNT double bill features a battle for the Big Apple as the Brooklyn Nets entertain the New York Knicks as well as the Miami Heat traveling to the Windy City to face the Chicago Bulls.
We talk to Brad Kennedy, an oddsmaker with TopBet.eu, about the action coming in on Thursday's TNT matchups as well as the battle in Memphis as the Grizzlies host the L.A. Clippers.
New York Knicks at Brooklyn Nets (+1, 189.5)
Both of these teams came into the season with a lot of hype and have fallen so short of those lofty expectations that it defies logic.
The Knicks are so poor that their star player, Carmelo Anthony, has come out and called the team 'a joke'.
According to Kennedy however, that damning indictment is fuel enough for the betting public to believe 'Melo will come out and reverse the team's fortunes.
"Over the course of the day, we’ve seen the pointspread shift from New York as 1-point dogs, to no points being given up by either team, and then to the Knicks being favored by 1-point," Kennedy tells Covers. "Sixty-eight percent of public money is with Carmelo and the Knicks right now against the spread, while 85 percent is on the Over."
Miami Heat at Chicago Bulls (+5.5, 189)
This game between Eastern Conference rivals is a rematch of Miami's 107-95 win on opening night. But, Derrick Rose will obviously not be in the lineup for this one and bettors are giving the Bulls no chance.
"Everyone is taking Miami tonight when they head to Chicago to take on the Rose-less Bulls - 73 percent of the public money, to be exact," says Kennedy. "The Heat opened as 4.5 point favorites, and that line moved to 5.0 and then to 5.5."
Los Angeles Clippers at Memphis Grizzlies (-1, 195)
The Grizzlies have stumbled out of the gate this season and sit second-last in the Southwest Division with a 9-8 record. The Grizz have, however, snapped a four-game losing skid Tuesday and will look to build a little momentum tonight versus the Clips.
"The Clippers opened as 2-point dogs and that line has since moved by a point to +1," said Kennedy. "Seventy-three percent of the public money is with them against the spread right now, but overall we haven’t seen a lot of action on this game up to this point in the day."