Pick ‘n’ roll: Thursday’s best NBA bets
Minnesota Timberwolves at Atlanta Hawks (-9 ½, 188)
Minnesota has lost nine of its last 10 contests and two straight on the road. Now the Timberwolves visit Philips Arena to meet a Hawks club that has covered the spread in their last six matchups dating back to 2005.
The Hawks trounced the Timberwolves 94-87 on Nov. 24. Atlanta leading-scorer Joe Johnson led his team with 25 points, while fantasy-stud Josh Smith added three steals and five blocks.
Pick: Hawks -9 ½
Denver Nuggets at Dallas Mavericks (-7, 213 ½)
Is Dallas setting up for a letdown Thursday?
The Mavs met archrivals San Antonio on Wednesday and now must host the 11-7 Nuggets.
Dallas has covered the spread just two times in its last 12. It has also failed to cash in five straight games in the Big D.
The Nuggets are also 6-3 ATS in their last nine meetings with the Mavericks.
Pick: Nuggets +7
Miami Heat at Portland Trail Blazers (+2, 187 ½)
Portland has lost three of its last four home tilts after opening the season 5-0 at the Rose Garden.
The Heat, meanwhile, have covered the spread in six of their nine games outside South Beach.
They have also covered in three of their last five road contests since Dwyane Wade’s return from offseason shoulder surgery. Wade is leading the Heat in scoring, averaging more than 20 points.
Miami has also covered the spread in four of its last five trips to Oregon, dating back to 2002.
Pick: Heat -2
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