Handicapping the NBA: Thursday Picks

Handicapping the NBA: Thursday Picks

This article is part of our Handicapping the NBA series.

Alex Barutha

Wendell Carter under 8.5 rebounds (-106) vs. NO – FanDuel (1:37 PM CT)

Carter has made strides since joining Orlando's starting five. He's averaged 14.8 points, 8.9 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.4 steals in the past 10 games. However, I don't think he'll reach his typical nine rebounds against Steven Adams tonight. The Pelicans allow the fewest rebounds in the NBA, and I believe Adams will focus on keeping Carter off the glass.

Ken Crites

Pistons to cover (+9) at SA – BetMGM (10:48 AM CT)

The Pistons are bad, but they are not this bad. Tonight is the second of a back-to-back for the Spurs, who got pounded 107-87 in Miami last night. DeRozan still played 32 minutes last night for the Spurs, despite the big beat down. It's also the second of a back-to-back for Detroit, who hung tough with the Mavericks last night. The travel is pretty easy for the Pistons. While the record is ugly, I like the hustle and effort the Pistons are giving Dwane Casey. I expect San Antonio to be slower due to the busy schedule.

Jeff Edgerton

Bucks to cover (-8) vs. PHIDraftKings (12:50 PM CT)

The Sixers come into tonight's game with Tobias Harris and Ben Simmons either out or limited, and the only malady for Milwaukee is a minor leg cramp for Giannis. He is expected to play, and with his addition, the Sixers are outmatched at almost every position. Joel Embiid won't be able to keep things close all by himself.

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Alex Barutha
Alex is RotoWire's NBA Assistant Editor. He writes articles about daily fantasy, year-long fantasy and sports betting. You can hear him on the RotoWire NBA Podcast, Sirius XM, DraftKings Live and other platforms. Vince Carter and Alex both first dunked during their respective sophomore years of high school.
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