NBA Odds For Thursday: Betting Lines For Heat at Hornets, Sixers at Bucks, More

Written By Juan Carlos Blanco on February 17, 2022
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The NBA is finally set for its annual week-long All-Star break, but there’s still one more five-game slate to play out Thursday night. There are some interesting matchups on tap, including Heat versus Hornets and 76ers versus Bucks. Additionally, the Heat has a chance to get back into a tie for the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference, while the Nets can head into the layoff with some momentum by notching another win and putting their gruesome 11-game losing streak further in the rearview mirror.

NBA odds for Thursday, February 17

Here are the today’s pro NBA betting lines with pro basketball point spreads, moneylines and totals.

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Bucks F Giannis Antetokounmpo

The 76ers rank dead last in total RPG and opponent’s defensive rebounding rate on the season, so Giannis Antetokounmpo is a virtual lock to get double-digit boards in this matchup. In fact, he’s logged a double double in 11 straight meetings with Philly and is averaging 16.3 RPG along with 30.2 PPG while leading the Bucks to six straight wins over the Sixers. Giannis is getting +114 odds to log a double double in a Bucks win tonight at FanDuel Sportsbook, and +220 odds to get to 12 rebounds in a win. You can get +110 odds on Giannis to log 12 rebounds regardless of the result, as the 76ers could bounce back from an embarrassing home loss and continue their streak of covering when listed as road underdogs.

Nets C Andre Drummond

Andre Drummond fills a key need for the Nets as a true center and he’s slotted right in to play 23 and 24 minutes to help his new squad earn a pair of wins. As a backup in Philly for most of the season, he’s rocking a career-high 44.7% defensive rebounding rate and a 32% total rebounding rate while grabbing 21.4 boards per 36 minutes. Drummond just grabbed 19 rebounds over 23 minutes in a win at the Knicks and faces another struggling offense tonight with the Wizards coming to town. Washington ranks 27th in total RPG and is giving up 52 total RPG on the road this season. Drummond posted a double double in 10 straight outings against the Wizards as a starter for the Pistons and Lakers, and should top 11.5 rebounds tonight with Washington struggling to score in a B2B situation.

What to watch for today

Heat looks to bounce back from untimely loss: The Heat had the opportunity right in front of them to extend their winning streak to six games Tuesday night. However, the Dallas Mavericks upended Miami, and in the process, helped knock them out of the top spot in the Eastern Conference by a half-game. Erik Spoelstra’s club does have a chance to jump right back into a tie with the idle Chicago Bulls for the No.1 seed before heading into the All-Star break, as Miami visits a Hornets team Thursday that’s lost eight of its last nine games.

Nets go for third straight as struggling Wizards visit: One team that had recently been struggling even more than the Hornets is the Nets, which just snapped an 11-game losing streak Monday night against the Kings. Brooklyn almost landed right back in the loss column Wednesday night against the intra-city rival Knicks before mounting a furious fourth-quarter rally and notching a five-point win, their second straight. With recent arrivals Seth Curry and Andre Drummond playing well so far and Ben Simmons possibly ready to debut shortly after the All-Star break, the Nets could really head into the week-long layoff feeling good if they can beat the visiting Wizards for the third time in four tries this season.

Doncic, Mavs aim to stay hot going into break: Luka Doncic and the Mavericks don’t have any momentum issues plaguing them as Dallas – fresh off the aforementioned win over the Heat – comes into Thursday’s visit to the Pelicans with a 7-3 record in the last 10. Doncic has unsurprisingly had plenty to do with the success, averaging 33.9 points on 48.8 percent shooting, along with 10.0 assists, 9.8 rebounds and 1.0 steal across his last nine games. The Mavs would seem to have a chance to head into their break with another win, as they visit a Pelicans team Thursday that they’ve handed two double-digit losses to in three meetings this season.

76ers and Bucks face off at Fiserv: The marquee matchup of the night when comparing team records is the 76ers versus Bucks battle at Fiserv Forum on Thursday night. Philadelphia is coming off an utterly humiliating 135-87 home loss to the Celtics on Tuesday night, while Milwaukee did lose back-to-back games recently but has prevailed in five of the last seven overall. Giannis Antetokounmpo should be available for the defending champs after coming back from a one-game absence due to an ankle injury in spectacular fashion versus the Pacers on Tuesday, posting a 50-point, 14-rebound double-double in 36 minutes. The battle between him and Joel Embiid down low should be fascinating, especially considering the 76ers’ big man just saw a streak of seven consecutive double-doubles snapped and has scored at least 40 points in five of the last 13 games.

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Juan Carlos Blanco has served as a freelance writer for a wide variety of online publications and websites, with an intensive focus on fantasy sports. Juan has provided analysis and comprehensive coverage of the MLB, NBA, NFL, CFL, AAF and AFL while also reporting on news and developments in the daily fantasy sports and online gaming industries.

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