NBA tips: Back the Clippers and Cavs in our Thursday 4-fold
Los Angeles and Cleveland head our 15/2 accumulator for the first night of basketball since the All-Star break.
Charlotte Hornets (-7.5) to beat Brooklyn Nets -
The Nets are in shocking form, having lost seven consecutive games before All-Star Weekend.
They have now lost 11 of their last 12, and have a record of just eight wins and 19 defeats on the road this season.
Brooklyn lost by at least nine points in each of their last five away games, and should be similarly well-beaten by the Hornets, who have won four of their last seven at home.
Chicago Bulls (+8.5) to beat Philadelphia 76ers -
Philadelphia are on a run of five consecutive wins but, crucially, all of those were at home.
The 76ers have lost their last four away games, and have a record of 12 wins and 15 defeats on the road this season.
The Bulls won 117-115 when these teams met in Chicago in December, and should manage to keep this one close with two wins from four heading into the All-Star break.
Cleveland Cavaliers to beat Washington Wizards -
The Cavaliers have been revitalised by their various deals at the trade deadline, with George Hill, Jordan Clarkson and Rodney Hood giving a boost to both the starting unit and the bench.
The Cavs have now won four in a row – the last three of which were on the road – and they should make it five against the Wizards in Cleveland.
Washington are in good form even with starting point guard John Wall injured, but they tend to struggle against the Cavaliers, having lost both meetings between the teams this season.
Los Angeles Clippers (+11) to beat Golden State Warriors -
The Clippers have won seven of their last nine games and five of six on the road, including a 129-119 victory over the Boston Celtics last time out.
They now face a Warriors team that have been surprisingly sloppy of late, losing four of their last eight.
Los Angeles won in Golden State in January, and have a real chance of causing an upset on Thursday night, or at least keeping the margin of defeat down to single digits.
*Odds subject to change.