NBA Picks Thursday Night 27/12/12

Two very good games we got today, including old days rivlary between Thunder and Mavericks.

LA Clippers –Boston Celtics

I really like this game and I think it will be a very interesting one to watch.

Both very good teams. One appears to be on the way up, the other on the way down.

Boston been playing terrible on the road, but I think that they are a decent team and coming off a nice win in Brooklyn+ rest was exactly what they needed.

Clippers are fire hot with 14 wins in a row, going 10 – 4 ATS during that time.

Having said that, they haven’t play top notch teams (Boston not one of them) and struggled against decent teams. Won Chicago by 5, when were favorites by 3 and won Utah by a point, when favored by 2 points.

Boston needs to start collecting wins, otherwise, instead of resting their aging stars come April, they will need to fight every game in order to get to the playoffs.

Last three games between the teams, were won by the road teams, including Boston’s win in LA last season, with similar roster on both teams.

I can see it as very close game between the two and wouldn’t surprise me to see Boston win here.

As far as the total goes, I think that bookies are off by 4 -5 points here.

The average for both teams is 193 points and while it’s obvious that lately the scores were slightly lower, we got Boston off a rest – notorious Over spot for Boston (7O – 2U this season) and teams average off day’s rest no less than 194.5 points.

I believe that both teams will score 95+ points, here, so result like 101 – 96 wouldn’t surprise me at all here.

Boston+8.5, 1.95 – 6 units play – Pinnacle 

Over 190 points, 1.97 odds – 6 units play – Maraphonbet

Oklahoma CityThunder –Dallas Maverics

Not much to write about here.

Thunder off two losses straight and looking to stop the bleeding. They see an old enemy from the past, that haven’t looked so good lately.

Dallaslost five times in the last six games, four of the losses by double digits.

Dirk came back against the Spurs, but it wasn’t enough as Dallas got trashed by 38 points!

Mayo is sick, Dirk will be brought back slowly and with Denver on deck tomorrow night, I can easily see Carlisle sitting them both on the bench early, if Thunder open a double digits lead.

Dallas been known to be stubborn and fighting team, but with the entire roster changed, the mentality changed as well and the last rival they want to play right now, is a pissed off great team and on the road on top of that.

115 – 93 sounds about right here.

Thunder -10.5, 1.97 odds – 7 units play – Maraphonbet

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