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NBA Tips & Previews, Thursday 17th March

The Thursday NBA preview for BetDeluxe gives us all the best bets for some big fixtures on the hard courts over in the USA.

After the best bets went four from four, the BetDeluxe team is on the hunt to make it another unblemished day. 

The action begins when Charlotte takes on Atlanta. 

atlanta @ charlotte

march 17th 10:00am

The Atlanta Hawks will look to push their winning streak to four consecutive games when they visit the Charlotte Hornets on Thursday at the Spectrum Center.

Atlanta is in ninth place in the East at 34-34 after picking up a 122-113 home win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday as a 14-point favourite.

Charlotte is one spot back at 34-35 after beating the Oklahoma City Thunder 134-116 on Monday, covering as an 11.5-point road favourite. 

The worrying aspect for the Hornets in this game is how their leaky defence handles the freakish form of Trae Young. 

The Hawks guard has been lights out over the last few fixtures and it seems Atlanta’s offense will be the strongest unit on the floor going up against a weak Charlotte defense. 

The Hawks are the bet here as they continue to play well and keep chipping away towards a playoffs berth.

Suggested Bet: Atlanta Hawks +1.5 at $1.92

denver @ washington

march 17th 10:00am

Denver scoots along on the road again as it prepares for a clash against Washington in the nation’s capital on Thursday.

Denver lost two straight at home to Toronto (127-115) and Golden State (113-102), so there was some cause for concern coming into this tough road trip, but they made amends against the 76ers with a big win. 

Nikola Jokic scored 22 points, dished out eight assists and grabbed 13 rebounds in the 114-110 win over Philly. 

Washington will deploy Kristaps Porzingis into the centre role in a bid to stop Jokic, but as we saw on Tuesday, the Nuggets have some serious depth on the bench if the powerful Serbian fails to put up astronomical numbers. 

With Porzingis coming off a knee bruise and only playing limited minutes coming into this match, he has a monumental task ahead of him. 

Take the Nuggets against the spread and expect Jokic to get another triple double. 

Suggested Bet: Denver -5.5 at $1.89

philadelphia @ cleveland

march 17th 10:00am

The Philadelphia 76ers hit the road to take on the Cleveland Cavaliers in an Eastern Conference showdown.

Philadelphia comes in with seven wins in its last 10 games, but does come off of a loss to Denver on Tuesday.

The Cavaliers are just 4-6 in their last ten games, however, winning form against the Clippers is what they bring to this contest after outlasting their rivals in overtime. 

With the Cavaliers getting healthier by the day, there is every chance they can show their best against this 76ers team. 

Darius Garland, Lauri Markkanen and Caris LeVert all returning has and will help bolster a team that has been slipping down the standings. 

However, the loss of Jarred Allen hurts. 

Allen has been instrumental in rebounding and defence. 

With Joel Embiid for company, the Cavaliers a need to find a way to quell his influence. 

Without Allen, Embiid will dominate the inside and should lead the 76ers to a road win.

Suggested Bet: Philadelphia 76ers -3.5 at $1.88

boston @ golden state

march 17th 1:00pm

The stars line up when Golden State Warriors welcome the Bostons Celtics to town for a big inter-conference clash.

Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Andrew Wiggins will take on Jayson Tatum, Jayen and Marcus Smart. 

The biggest name of them all in Curry hits this game in supreme form after he lit up Chase Center with an incredible 47-point display during the Warriors’ 126-112 win over Washington. 

Boston, meanwhile, shot poorly in its lacklustre defeat at TD Garden against Dallas. 

The Celtics only went at 37% from the field and barely fired a shot from three-point territory. 

There is reason to believe Tatum and co held back from going gung-ho in that game due to this tough road trip, so there is some expectation of a much better showing. 

Dallas is also one of the most in-form teams of the league at the moment, so losing to the Mavericks is nothing to frown about. 

Celtics to cover the spread in what looks a close game. 

Suggested Bet: Boston Celtics +3.5 at $1.90

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