There is no shortage of NBA betting action on offer this Thursday (AEDT), with 22 teams taking the court in the world’s premier basketball competition.
The season has only just begun, but already we have seen plenty of upsets and thrillers.
The morning flurry of matches will include the first few legs of this week’s NBA multi, including the game between the Orlando Magic and the New York Knicks, where young talent RJ Barrett will look to win the second game of his career.
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Two young and talented rosters will face off in Cleveland when the Cavaliers host the Chicago Bulls, with both teams looking for their second win of the season.
Kyrie Irving and his Brooklyn Nets will play host to the underachieving Indiana Pacers, who are still awaiting the return of the injured Victor Oladipo but have had good output from their healthy players.
Two more developing sides will headline the next leg in the multi as the Charlotte Hornets tackle the Kings in Sacramento. Buddy Hield needs to take his shooting to the next level for the Kings, who are ranked 30th for scoring so far this season.
The final leg of the multi pits the upwardly mobile Phoenix Suns against the out-of-sorts Golden State Warriors. Phoenix have played well above expectations despite missing Deandre Ayton through a drug suspension, whilst the Warriors are difficult to predict.
NBA multi tips for Thursday, October 31
- Orlando Magic to beat New York Knicks @ $1.22
- Cleveland Cavaliers to beat Chicago Bulls @ $1.94
- Brooklyn Nets to beat Indiana Pacers @ $1.53
- Sacramento Kings to beat Charlotte Hornets @ $1.31
- Phoenix Suns +5 vs Golden State Warriors @ $1.91
NBA multi odds = $9.06 with Sportsbet
NBA Thursday betting predictions
New York Knicks vs Orlando Magic: The Orlando Magic will beat the New York Knicks with their ability to defend and attack in transition. Players like Evan Fournier and Jonathan Isaac stretch the floor, making room for Nikola Vucevic and Aaron Gordon in the paint. The Knicks caught fire and beat the Bulls in their last game, but we don’t see Bobby Portis putting up 28 points again.
Chicago Bulls vs Cleveland Cavaliers: Tristian Thompson and Kevin Love have completely changed the outlook for the Cavs, who appeared destined for another difficult season. It has only been a short stint of matches, but the one-two punch combination of the big men has troubled all opposition this season, even the highly touted Milwaukee Bucks. The Bulls are not strong enough to handle the Cavaliers in their current state.
Indiana Pacers vs Brooklyn Nets: Malcom Brogdon has been extremely valuable for the Pacers this season, but they have not won a match yet. Kyrie Irving is damaging enough to score over 30 whilst finding his teammates over 10 times. The Nets are the highest scoring team in the league and will beat the Indiana Pacers in Brookland.
Charlotte Hornets vs Sacramento Kings: De’Aaron Fox and Buddy Hield have not played at their highest level yet, which is why the Kings have struggled to score, but they should find points much easier to come by when they face a poor Charlotte Hornets defence. If Sacramento cannot break their duck in this game, they could be in for a very long season.
Phoenix Suns vs Golden State Warriors: The Phoenix Suns have played in multiple thrillers so far this season, going down by a single point in overtime to the Denver Nuggets and falling short by the same margin against the Utah Jazz. These two close encounters will spur on the Suns against the Warriors, who are in a vulnerable position now that the dynasty is over.
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