NBA Betting Preview: Thursday's Tips

Over the next two nights the New York Knicks' unbeaten record should come to an end as they face  the two teams with the best record in the West.

Defeat could come as early as tonight as the Knicks head into San Antonio, somewhere they have struggled to win for many years.  But it's not just the Knicks who have problems, San Antonio is a notoriously difficult venue for all visiting teams.

The 1.50 offered for San Antonio to win in regulation reflects how favoured the Spurs are, so other options to consider are taking the under on 193.5 points total and Spurs to win with -5 handicap, both priced at 1.91.

Boston Celtics head to Brooklyn this evening to take on the Nets and if the Celtics want to win a fourth straight game, they may have to do so without Rajon Rondo. Boston's star point guard injured his ankle last night in the second half of last night's win over Utah and did not return.

If Rondo is unable to go, the Celtics don't have a true point-guard on the bench, but Leandro Barbosa, who impressed in Rondo's place, and Courtney Lee could share the load.

The Nets are also looking to win a fourth straight and can thank Deron Williams and Brook Lopez for their 4-2 record. Joe Johnson, their big off-season acquisition, is finally getting settled in his new surroundings, but they are still a work in progress, so go for Boston to win at 2.55.

Miami Heat head to the mile-high city tonight, looking to salvage what is becoming a rapidly-disappointing road trip. For a team whose defending won them a championship, the Heat have given up an average of 107 points so far to the teams out west.

This could spell trouble when they visit the Denver Nuggets, a side who are not only shooting the ball well but also outrebounding  their opponents. Look for Denver to compound Miami’s road-trip woes and consider a Nuggets win at 1.72.

Bet of the day:  Take the under on 193.5 points total in the San Antonio v New York Knicks game, available at 1.91.