The NBA pro basketball top betting selection from Thursday comes from the TNT televised game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Orlando Magic. The Thunder and Magic will tip off time Orlando at 8PM Eastern Time. With our NBA best bet we will play on the Oklahoma City Thunder -1 point against the Orlando Magic. The pointspread used for our NBA wagering tip comes from BetOnline Sportsbook.
The odds opened up for the TNT TV doubleheader game number one on Thursday with the home team Orlando Magic favored by -1 ½ points with an over under of 192 points. The money early from the bettors has steamed on the road team as OKC is now favored by as much as -2 in some online sportsbooks while you can still lay -1 point in a handful of properties. The over under has seen slight movement up a notch to a current total of 192 ½ points. Those who like Oklahoma City Thunder on the money line will lay -115 odds for their bet. If you think that the Orlando Magic can win this game outright without taking the point your return is +105 odds for your money line wager.
Both teams will enter play on the back end of a back to back and facing travel to their destination tonight. When you look at a back to back situation you have to look to play against three point shooting teams because fatigue of a back to back situation will result in poor field goal percentages. That is what makes Orlando a poor bet tonight against a quality western conference opponent in the Oklahoma City Thunder. They simply rely way too much from their jump shooters. They opened the season back on December 25th and the Thunder prevailed by 8 points and limited Orlando to just 37% from the field and 8 of 28 from the three point line. Kevin Durant, Serge Ibaka and Kendrick Perkins held Dwight Howard to just 4 of 12 shooting from the floor. The Magic sports inefficient shooters in Hedo Turkoglu, Jameer Nelson and Glen “Big Baby” Davis who shoot for low percentages.
Kendrick Perkins is a key cog for the Thunder tonight in this matchup. When Perkins was back with the Boston Celtics the team has success against Orlando because Kendrick did not need help. With no double team of Howard this will allow the Thunder defenders to put a hand into the face of the Magic jump shooters giving Orlando no open looks from the outside. OKC is just a more efficient team with Kevin Durant making 51% from the floor and 83% of his free throws along with Russell Westbrook shooting 46.7% and James Harden checking in at 47.1% from the field. The fourth leading scorer for the Thunder is Serge Ibaka and he even hits at 51.5% from the field. The point guard play of Westbrook creates a lot of good shots for the Thunder with his fearlessness in penetrating to the hole. The matchup here favors OKC so make the play and pick up your sportsbook promotion codes.