NBA 2022: Best bets for all of Thursday's basketball action

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 Pascal Siakam (pictured) watching on during an NBA match.
NBA star Pascal Siakam (pictured) could have his work load reduced in the game on Thursday. (Getty Images)

Good to get a 3-2 day under the belt as we look ahead to another high volume day of NBA games.

Sacramento Kings @ Atlanta Hawks

I doubt the Kings lose by as much as they did yesterday, but they are still bad, and still on a back to back.

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The Hawks are 9.5 point favourites and I think they cover.

Best bet: Handicap betting - Hawks -9.5

New York Knicks @ Miami Heat

The Knicks seem to keep getting the betting benefit of the doubt, despite so many struggles.

The Heat, despite injuries, have been awesome this season and they should be able to cover the 5.5 point margin, despite no Kyle Lowry.

Best bet: Handicap betting - Heat -5.5

Toronto Raptors @ Chicago Bulls

Pascal Siakam is playing a ton of minutes. This is a back to back and we may get Fred VanVleet and Scottie Barnes back.

I wouldn’t lay this bet if FVV is out, but if he plays, I expect Siakam to have his load reduced a bit and therefore I will go under his points line of 23.5.

On Sportsbet, under is paying $1.88.

Fred VanVleet (pictured) passes the ball inbounds against the Portland Trail Blazers.
Fred VanVleet (pictured) passes the ball inbounds against the Portland Trail Blazers. (Photo by Mark Blinch/Getty Images)

Ayo Dosunmu’s assists have been all over the place. But, he will have to play next to DeMar DeRozan and Zach LaVine for the first time in a while today.

His assist line is splitting the middle at 4.5 and I think he won’t be having as many ball-handling responsibilities this game, so I will go under. Under is $1.80 on TAB.

Best bet: Player points - Siakam under 23.5 (if FVV plays)

Best bet: Player assists - Dosunmu under 4.5

LA Clippers @ Orlando Magic

We barely saw Mo Bamba last game due to fouls. I don’t expect that to be a repeat, so his rebound number can be one we attack.

It is set at 6.5 and over 6.5 is $2.10 on TAB.

Best bet: Player rebounds - Bamba over 6.5

Season to date

172-157 (52%)

-6.6 units

ROI -2.0%

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