A busy NBA week continues Thursday with a six-game slate that includes Bulls-Raptors and Suns-Hawks battles. Only two teams, the Clippers and Kings, will be on the second games of back-to-back sets, and the Chicago-Toronto clash is the sole contest between teams with winning records. That sets up a night of fairly narrow point spreads, with all but one game sporting a single-digit spread.
NBA odds for Thursday, February 3
Here are the latest basketball point spreads, moneylines and totals for today’s games.
Bulls F DeMar DeRozan
DeMar DeRozan had a pair of revenge games last week against the Raptors and Spurs and topped his scoring prop handily in both games with a combined 59 points. Tonight his prop sits at 25.5 points again as he takes on a Raptors squad that is playing their fourth game in six nights. DeRozan is doing it all right now with averages of 28.3 PPG, 6.8 RPG, and 7.5 APG with a 138.7 offensive rating over his last four appearances. He’s averaging 1.7 more APG with Lonzo Ball (knee) and is getting 28.4 PPG with a higher usage rate (31.7%) on the road this season, so we expect him to score at least 26 points with a good shot at 36.5 combined points, rebounds, and assists.
Warriors G Steph Curry
Steph Curry sat on the second leg of a B2B after dropping 21 points in the fourth quarter to finish with 40 points in a win over Houston. Now playing on extra rest against a struggling Kings team, he should resume his breakout streak that has seen him hit 16 treys over his last three outings. Sacramento ranks 24th in 3-point defense on the road and Curry is averaging 31.9 PPG while hitting 5.9 triples at a 42.7% clip over his last nine meetings with the Kings. His scoring prop is far too low at 24.5 points and he’s getting +110 odds to hit at least five triples at FanDuel Sportsbook.
What to watch for today
Suns aim to extend win streak to 12: The Suns have truly hit their stride to close out the pre-All-Star break portion of the season, as they’ll enter Thursday night’s visit to the Hawks with 11 consecutive victories. Just as impressive is the fact the defending Western Conference champs have arguably been even a bit better on the road, as they’re 19-4 away from their Footprint Center home floor. The host Hawks had been on an impressive run lately that included seven straight wins, but with Trae Young, who’s questionable for Thursday’s clash, out Tuesday against the Raptors, Atlanta dropped a 106-100 decision.
Bulls aim to hold top spot vs. rising Raps: The Bulls were recently finding wins hard to come by after a mostly smooth first two months-plus of the season, as they limped to a 2-7 record over a nine-game stretch. However, Chicago, despite still missing Lonzo Ball for at least a couple of more weeks due to knee surgery, has bounced back to win four of their subsequent five games to reclaim the top seed in the Eastern Conference for the time being. However, the second victory in that stretch came versus the same Raptors squad they’ll visit Thursday night, and Toronto is in the midst of its own strong stretch of play with a 4-1 mark in their last five as well.
Heat out to stop spiral in visit to Spurs: A team that’s been heading in the opposite direction of Chicago is the Heat, which is mired in a three-game losing streak that actually cost them that No. 1 spot in the East for the moment. Miami has another potentially dangerous matchup on tap Thursday night, as the host Spurs have been a very tough out for several quality teams, with recent losses of 8, 5 and 4 points to the Grizzlies, Suns and Warriors serving as tangible evidence of such.
Underachieving Lakers and Clippers meet in intracity clash: It’s undeniably been a forgettable season thus far for both of the tenants of the former Staples Center, as there’s been a malaise that’s defined the campaigns of both the Lakers and Clippers. A major component of the struggles has been injuries to key players – the Lakers previously lost Anthony Davis for over a month to a knee injury and are currently without LeBron James for the same reason, while the Clippers have had to make do without Paul George (elbow) since Dec. 26 in addition to the season-long absence of Kawhi Leonard (knee). The two L.A. clubs meet Thursday night as neighbors in not only venue but the standings as well, as the Clippers’ 26-27 mark is just half-game better than the Lakers’ 25-27 record.