The Denver Nuggets took a step back this week, as a three-game losing streak now has them three games behind Golden State at the top of the Western Conference standings. Oklahoma City has won nine of ten and three in a row, but they haven’t managed to gain any ground on the Warriors. The Portland Trail Blazers had been 33-0 this season when leading after three periods but saw that go to 33-1 as Dallas erased a 15-point deficit in the fourth period to eke out a 102-101 win. In the Eastern Conference, Milwaukee still leads the standings by a game, but Toronto and Indiana are pushing hard, with respective four- and five-game winning streaks. What can you expect with your NBA betting this week? We have three picks for you to check out.
Top NBA Betting Picks of the Week – February 11th Edition
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Monday, February 11
L.A. Clippers at Minnesota (8:00pm ET)
The Clippers have split their last six games, but their most recent game may have seen them turn a corner, as they delivered a 123-112 win in Boston on Saturday night, a win that saw the Clippers roar back from a 28-point deficit. Montrezl Harrell had 21 points and forced two Celtic turnovers in the last two minutes, and Patrick Beverley nailed two three-pointers right in front of the Boston bench. Danilo Gallinari had 19 points and 10 boards, while Landry Shamet had 17 — 13 in the fourth quarter, when the Clippers outscore Boston 42-26 to seal the win.
Now Los Angeles heads to Minnesota to take on a Timberwolves team that has dropped four straight, including a 122-117 loss in New Orleans on Friday night. Karl-Anthony Towns had 32 points, including 12 of 20 shooting — making four of five from behind the arc — and Andrew Wiggins had 23 points, 10 boards and seven assists. It didn’t help that Minnesota had 16 turnovers, though, which led to 24 points for the Pelicans. Can the Wild handle the Clippers at home?
NBA Betting Prediction: Los Angeles 115, Minnesota 110
Portland at Oklahoma City (8:00pm ET)
Portland has split their last four games, alternating wins over Utah and San Antonio with losses to Miami and Dallas. In that setback in Dallas on Sunday afternoon, the Trail Blazers only had nine points in the fourth quarter after a 35-point third quarter in which Damian Lillard scored 21 of his 30 points on the day. However, in the fourth, the Blazers had a 10:10 stretch without a field goal, and C.J. McCollum only had 14 points, going 6 for 17 on the day, and the Blazers wasted a game in which they used a 20-1 run in the first half to establish a double-digit lead.
Next up for Portland is a date in Oklahoma City, winners of three in a row and 10 of 11. On Saturday, they came back from an early deficit to knock off Houston the road, 117-112. They went into the locker room down 70-48 and roared back for a rousing win, as Paul George put up 45 points and Russell Westbrook notched his ninth consecutive triple-double, tying the NBA record that Wilt Chamberlain set in 1968. It helped that Oklahoma City went 7 for 8 coming out in the third quarter to trim the 22-point game to just 11, and the momentum kept rolling from there. Can the Thunder keep things going at home against Portland?
NBA Betting Prediction: Oklahoma City 116, Portland 110
Tuesday, February 12
Boston at Philadelphia (8:00pm ET, TNT)
Boston saw point guard Kyrie Irving go down in their Friday loss to the Clippers, and he remains day-to-day heading into the Celtics’ Eastern Conference showdown in Philadelphia on Tuesday. In that loss to the Clippers, Boston saw Los Angeles go on a 75-44 after Irving’s departure, erasing a 28-point deficit. That was the largest lead the Celtics had blown since the 2003-04 season and was the biggest comeback ever for the Clippers. However, things don’t get any easier for Boston as they head to Philadelphia, where one of the stoutest starting five in all of basketball awaits them.
Philadelphia rebounded from a home loss to Toronto with wins over Denver and the Los Angeles Lakers, whom they routed by a 143-120 score on Sunday. Joel Embiid had 37 points and 14 boards, and Tobias Harris, the newest Sixer, put up 22 points. J.J. Redick chipped in 21 points, and Jimmy Butler added 15. Kyle Kuzma led the Lakers with 39 points, while LeBron James had 18 points, 10 boards and nine assists. Scoring was huge in the game, as the halftime score was 76-67. With this high-powered lineup, Philadelphia should be able to knock off Boston at home.
NBA Betting Prediction: Philadelphia 111, Boston 104