Mims' Thursday NBA on TNT Picks: Warriors vs Grizzlies, Knicks vs Kings, Klay Thompson, Julius Randle props
The NBA on TNT has two games that have playoff implications. The first game is the Golden State Warriors against the Memphis Grizzlies. Memphis is 3rd in the Western Conference while the Warriors are 5th.Memphis has lost 3 straight while the Warriors have lost their last two games. Grizzlies are 26-5 oat home while the Warriors are 7-25 on the road.
The numbers: Warriors are -2 and the total is 236.The money line is Warriors -120 and Grizzlies +110.
Prop Bets: Klay Thompson over 22.5 points. The price is -115. Thompson has exceeded 21 points in 7 of his last eight games. He is averaging 18 shot attempts per game over that period. Take him over.
The selection: Warriors are horrible on the road. Even without Ja Morant the Grizzlies are a formidable opponent. They are 30-19 without Ja all-time. Take the Grizzlies and the under.
The New York Knicks play the Sacramento Kings in the late game. The Knicks are one of the hottest teams in the NBA right now. The Kings are currently ranked 2nd in the Western Conference and have won seven of their last ten games. The Knicks have a 9-1 record over their last ten games. The Kings are surprisingly only 7 games over .500 at home. In comparison to the 3 teams in both conferences that are ranked 2nd or higher, that is the worst home court record. Those teams, Boston Celtics, Milwaukee Bucks and the Denver Nuggets are at least 19 games over .500 at home.
The numbers: Kings are -4 and the money line has Kings -175 and Knicks +145.
Prop Bet: Julius Randle over 28.5 points. The price is -110. Randle is averaging 19 shots per game over his last 6. He has exceeded 27 points in 3 of those contest. The Kings play at a fast pace so he will get opportunities to score. Take him over.
The Selection: The Knicks are rolling This is good battle between two teams that are exceeding expectations that were set at the start of the season. The lack of dominance at home is an issue for the Kings. Since it is the first game of the road trip, the Knicks will be ready. Take New York plus the 4.
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