NBA Thursday Preview Odds, Trends for Key Games

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It’s the second-to-last Thursday of the NBA regular season, as seven games make up tonight’s slate. The three teams with the lowest 2020-21 NBA championship odds at William Hill are all in action, including two of them squaring off against one another.

A battle of superstars takes place in Dallas at 7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. PT on TNT. Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and the Nets head south to take on Luka Doncic and the Mavericks. Each team will be without a key player as well, with James Harden and Kristaps Porzingis both sidelined for this affair.

The Nets are currently the +190 favorites at William Hill Nevada to win it all, while the Mavericks are tied for the 13th-lowest odds at 75/1 with the Celtics. At 75/1, that is the highest price that Dallas has been at all year to capture the championship.

Brooklyn (-165 on the moneyline) is a 3.5-point favorite over Dallas (+145 ML), with the total at 234.5. While the spread and moneyline hasn’t changed at all from the opening numbers, the total has shifted from 234 to 234.5.

William Hill bettors are strongly aligned for this clash. The Nets are generating 79% of the total number of tickets and 88% of the total dollars wagered among all spread bets against the Mavericks. One William Hill Nevada bettor put down $10,000 on Nets -3 (-120) for a total potential payout of $18,333.35.

Additionally, the over has received 92% of the total number of tickets and 98% of the total dollars wagered.

At 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT, two Eastern Conference foes jockey for potential playoff position. The Hawks are half a game behind the Knicks for fourth place and getting to host a first-round postseason series.

Meanwhile, the ninth-place Pacers are two games behind the Hornets for the No. 8 seed. The No. 9 seed would have to win two games in the NBA play-in tournament to make it to the playoffs—one versus the No. 10 seed and the other versus the loser of the No. 7 vs. No. 8 game. On the other hand, the No. 8 seed has to win once to make it into the field—either as the No. 7 seed by beating the seventh-place team or as the No. 8 seed after losing to the No. 7 seed and by beating the winner of the No. 9 vs. No. 10 game.

The Hawks (-240 ML) are 6-point road favorites over the Pacers (+200 ML), while the total is the highest on the board tonight at 240. Atlanta has snagged 72% of the total number of tickets and 90% of the total dollars wagered among all spread bets vs. Indiana. William Hill bettors are split on the total, though, with the under getting 52% of the total number of tickets and the over reeling in 54% of the total dollars wagered.

One recent notable wager on Atlanta was a Nevada bettor last week laying $5,000 on Hawks 100/1 to bring home the NBA title for a total potential payout of $505,000. That is the biggest total potential payout of any 2020-21 NBA championship futures wager at William Hill. Atlanta is now down to 30/1 to win it all at William Hill Nevada.

The second leg of the TNT doubleheader is the intercity rivalry between the Clippers and Lakers at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT. The Lakers have the second-lowest title odds at +225, followed by the Clippers at +700.

With LeBron James out for the Lakers (+290 ML), the Clippers (-350 ML) are 8-point chalk at home at Staples Center. The Clippers have won both matchups this season, though the second one came with James and Anthony Davis out with injuries for the Lakers. This total is the lowest of any showdown tonight at 211.

The majority of William Hill bettors are expecting the Clippers to cover the big number, as they’ve seized 55% of the total number of tickets and 56% of the total dollars wagered. The over has collected 82% of the total number of tickets along with 54% of the total dollars wagered.

Check out William Hill’s odds for every NBA game tonight below.

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