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NBA Tips & Previews, Thursday 31st March

The Thursday NBA BetDeluxe preview culminates all the best bets and selections for another big day of hoops from the USA.

Denver leads us into the Thursday NBA preview for BetDeluxe.

All the best bets and selections from our team of experts have found value, value and more value. 

denver @ indiana

march 31st 10:00am

The road trip for the Denver Nuggets treks along when they prepare to face Indiana on Thursday morning.

The Nuggets started their two-game stint away from home in the best possible fashion with a 113-109 win over a hot Charlotte outfit, while the Pacers fell for the fourth time in a row after being dealt a 132-123 loss by Atlanta. 

Nikola Jokic is going to be the focal point in this contest after he missed the 101-98 win against Indiana earlier this season. 

With Indiana lacking any star presence in the centre role to try and quell his influence, this looks set for a Nuggets rout. 

Jokic tallied up another triple double against Charlotte and has charged into near favouritism for the NBA MVP title. 

Indiana has all but put up the white flag on season 2021/22 and will feel the wrath of Jokic. 

Suggested Bet: Denver Nuggets -9.5 at $1.89

dallas @ cleveland

march 31st 10:00am

Dallas begins its four-game sojourn away from American Airlines Center when it travels to Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse for a clash against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Mavericks hit this road trip with a head full of steam after rolling the Los Angeles Lakers 128-110 on Wednesday. 

It was that man again, Luka Doncic, who just continues to wow the league after posting a triple double worth 34 points, 12 assists and 12 rebounds. 

But, even in that form, the Cavaliers will hold no fear have a crack at this Mavericks team just as they did back on November 30. 

Cleveland, on the road, toppled Dallas 114-96. 

That has to count for something in this match up. 

The price differential between the teams looks sizeable and the value lies with Cleveland, despite Doncic’s recent heroics. 

Suggested Bet: Cleveland Cavaliers +4.5 at $1.89

charlotte @ new york

march 31st 10:30am

Madison Square Garden hosts the New York Knicks and their battle against Charlotte Hornets on Thursday morning.

The Knicks are trying to defy the odds stacked against them in a bid to make the final play-in spot occupied by Atlanta which is 5.5 games ahead. 

Charlotte, meanwhile, has been playing some strong basketball and only just fell short against the Nikola Jokic-led Denver Nuggets on Tuesday. 

The Hornets are playing some hot offence at the moment and it will be met with a Knicks team trying to repeat what it did to them back on March 24. 

The Knicks defense stifled an otherwise dangerous Hornets attacking foray as they delivered a 121-106 result, which is every chance of being replicated given how well the men in blue and orange looked against Chicago. 

It might very well be a case of too little too late, but the Knicks are the bet here.

Suggested Bet: New York Knicks +1.5 at $1.91

miami @ boston

march 31st 10:30am

Adversity and negative headlines have been the stories embedded in the camps of Miami and Boston as both teams get set to do battle on Thursday.

Boston will be without defensive star Rob Williams after he succumbed to a left meniscus injury, while the talk around the traps in Miami is coach Erik Spoelstra has lost the dressing room. 

Miami did its best to quell those rumours as it crushed Sacramento 123-100 on Tuesday and it is yet to be seen how the Celtics will deal without Williams. 

The Celtics almost pinched a win against Toronto without Williams, Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum, so there system under Ime Udoka clearly holds up. 

While the loss of Williams cannot be understated, Tatum and Brown are expected back against the Heat. 

If they both play, it should be a rebounding victory for the Celtics as they look to take top spot in the Eastern Standings away from the Heat.  

Suggested Bet: Boston Celtics -4.5 at $1.91

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