O'Sullivan's Thursday NBA Picks: Wizards at Heat plus a Desmond Bane prop bet
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O'Sullivan's Thursday NBA Picks: Wizards at Heat plus a Desmond Bane prop bet

Washington Wizards at Miami Heat, 7:30 pm Eastern.

Seattle O’Sullivan 2021-2022 NBA Season so far: 61-70-2, -$198.68

(Standing Caveat: The universe is chaotic. Life is unpredictable. Things happen. Like injuries. In following Seattle O’Sullivan’s betting advice, be advised that you should always monitor your bets during the day to make certain unforeseen things have not occurred which might change your wagering opinion. Thank you.)

Washington Wizards at Miami Heat, 7:30 pm Eastern

The Pick: Washington +7 (-114), bet $8 to win $7.02

Miami’s Jimmy Butler played on a sore ankle last night and led his Heat to a comfortable win over New Orleans, helping me win my teaser. And here I am, turning right around and stabbing him in the back by taking the Wizards. Why, oh why am I being so capricious? Because the spread is +7 and not +6.5, that’s why. Both the Heat and the Wizards played last night, and the Wizards are on a road back-to-back. But Washington and Miami are both currently in the Eastern Conference elite, and I think tonight will be a hard-fought contest (so take the points). The Wizards aren’t afraid of the Heat; they’re 5-1 against the spread in their last six at Miami. They’re also 5-3 as an underdog this season. The Wizards are for real, and tonight should be tight (so take the points).

Player Prop: Desmond Bane (Memphis) over 16.5 points/rebounds (-113), bet $3.50 to win $3.10

As always, base this on simple averages. Bane currently scoring 14.3 points per game and snagging 3.8 rebounds. That math equals 18.1. Tonight’s game between the Clippers and Grizzlies should be high-scoring, and Bane is quietly an important part of Memphis’s offense. I like his game, and I like him to have a strong game tonight.

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