TNT Thursday Night NBA Free Picks

TNT Thursday Night NBA Free Picks 

TNT Thursday Night NBA Free Picks

With the College Bowl Season over, the 2015 National Championship game withstanding and the NFL playoffs heading into the divisional playoff round, it leaves us with a couple of great nationally televised Thursday night NBA games on TNT.

A Closer Look At My TNT Thursday Night NBA Free Picks 

Matchup: Houston Rockets at New York Knicks
Date: Jan. 8, 2015 
Start Time: 8:00 p.m. ET 
Location: New York, New York
Stadium: Madison Square Garden
TV Info: TNT
Stream: TNT Overtime
Radio:  Houston Vs  New York
Point Spread: N/A
Game Total: N/A

The Rockets (23-11 SU, 18-16 ATS) play in Cleveland on Wednesday night, but no matter the outcome of that contest (they’ll win), Houston looks like a virtual lock to cash in as likely 11-point road favorites against a New York Knicks team that has so many problems I don’t know where to begin.

Heading into Wednesday night, Houston had lost four of six and six of its last 10 games overall. No matter, Jams Harden and Dwight Howard will find taking out the hapless Knicks to be a walk in the park.

Prior to their Wednesday night game against Washington, New York had lost a dozen straight games after last beating Boston on Dec. 12.Just prior to that, the Knicks had lost 10 straight, making them a pitiful 1-22 over their last 23 games.

Now, while I’m still trying to figure out how Houston let gifted all-around small forward Chandler Parsons foolishly walk in free agency, the fact of the matter is that Houston can score the ball far easier than the Knicks could ever hope to at this point.

Not only does Houston rank 16th in the league in scoring (101.0 ppg), but the Rockets are also ranked third in the league in points allowed, giving up just 97.4 points per game.

The Knicks are ranked a dismal 29th in scoring (93.1 ppg) and a nearly equally pitiful 21st in points allowed (101.2).

Outside of Carmelo Anthony, no player on the team averages more than 13.1 points per game.

With Houston going 5-0 TS I their last five games against teams with a losing SU record while New York has gone 0-6-1 ATS in their last seven games overall.

I expect this matchup to likely be over with by halftime.

The Pick: Houston -11 Points

Matchup: Miami Heat at Portland Trail Blazers
Date: Jan. 8, 2015 
Start Time: 10:30 p.m. ET 
Location: Portland, Oregon
Stadium: Moda Center
TV Info: TNT
Stream: TNT Overtime
Radio:  Miami Vs  Portland
Point Spread: Portland -8.5
Game Total: 197

The Miami Heat (15-20 SU, 15-19-1 ATS) are clearly missing LeBron James this season. While the Heat picked up a nice 88-84 win over Brooklyn to start the week off on Sunday, the fact of the matter is that Miami has struggled mightily in dropping each of their four previous games while going just 3-7 SU over their last 10 games overall.

On the other hand, the Portland Trailblazers (27-8 SU, 20-14-1 ATS) have looked mostly like a very legitimate title contenders in the Western Conference since the start of the season.

The Blazers are 5-1 over their last six games and 8-2 SU over their last 10 games.  More importantly, Portland has a pair of true superstars in point guard Damian Lillard (22.2 ppg) and power forward LaMarcus Aldridge (23.0ppg) ad a slew of other talented players like veteran Wesley Matthews (16.6 ppg). The Blazers rank sixth in the league in scoring (103.9 ppg) while Miami now ranks 27th (94.2 ppg).

With the Heat going just 7-19 ATS in their last 26 games against Western Conference teams and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall and Portland going 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games against a team with a losing SU record, I say the Blazers win and cover with just a bit of room to spare!

The Pick: Portland Trailblazers -11 Points