We’re continuing our weekly NBA predictions with three selections for the early hours of Thursday morning that could give us a cracking treble of 19/3.
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Brooklyn Nets to beat Memphis Grizzlies @ 91/100
Both teams come into the contest out of form and are clinging onto their respective play-off places.
Brooklyn and Memphis have won just two of their last seven NBA games, with the Nets occupying seventh spot in the Eastern Conference and the Grizzlies sneaking into eighth in the West.
Memphis will come into this match with more optimism after snapping a five-match losing streak with back-to-back wins, but recent history and home court advantage should favour Brooklyn.
Despite being without former NBA champions Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant due to injury, the Nets have won five of their last six games at the Brooklyn Center and have prevailed in the last six head-to-head match-ups between these two sides.
Two of those have come in overtime but we fancy the hosts for a regulation win this time around.
New York Knicks over 106.5 points vs Utah Jazz @ 11/10
The Knicks may be out of play-off contention but they have bounced back to form with successive home wins, which has lifted them off the foot of the Eastern Conference.
Only 5.5 games separate the ninth-placed Washington Wizards and Cleveland Cavaliers, who occupy last spot, but it is unlikely any of those teams can break into the top eight, despite 21 games of the regular season remaining.
Utah come into the contest in fifth on the West, winning their last two, but they will be wary of the rejuvenated New York outfit.
The Jazz seem too short to back for the win, with a third straight home victory also rated too risky.
However, the Knicks posted exactly 125 points in both victories over Chicago Bulls and Houston Rockets, while Utah have conceded 107 or more in nine of their last 10 away games, so expect the hosts to score big at Madison Square Garden.
New Orleans Pelicans to score over 116.5 points at Dallas Mavericks @ 83/100
Since Zion Williamson made his long-awaited New Orleans debut in January, the number one draft pick has lit up the NBA and helped the Pelicans’ season.
They still remain 12th in the Western Conference but are only four games behind Memphis in the final play-off spot in a congested table.
Williamson became the first teenager to post 20+ points in 10 consecutive matches in a fledgling career which has yielded just 16 NBA games thus far.
He has a career-high of 35 – recorded against LeBron James’ Los Angeles Lakers – and is already a fans’ favourite in New Orleans.
The Pelicans have to deal with Dallas star Luka Doncic in the battle of youngsters and it is tough to call who will come out on top.
Home court advantage is likely to boost the Mavs’ chances of victory – despite New Orleans winning on eight of their last 10 road trips – but the Pelicans have poured in plenty of points recently and can do so again.
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