NBA Betting Preview: Thursday's Tips

As we forecast, the wheels look to be falling off the Knicks' bus, as defensive struggles send New York into a mini-slump following consecutive reverses to Portland and Sacramento.

They’ve won just five of their last ten games, and it won’t get any easier in January as a run of tough fixtures gets under way with a visit from San Antonio on Thursday night. What's more, it seems like Mike Woodson’s men can’t even rely on homecourt advantage to steer them back on track after three losses on the bounce at Madison Square Garden.

In each of their last three defeats, New York have conceded 100 points or more and the returning Amare Stoudemire isn’t likely to help plug the gaps. San Antonio are 12-3 when they reach the century and they arrive on the back of a seven-game winning streak.

The absence of Raymond Felton has impacted more heavily on the Knicks than anyone expected and it was his game-high 25 points which propelled his team to a 104-100 win against the Spurs in November. This time, San Antonio are poised for revenge and they’re great value at 2.02 for a win in regulation in a game that should go over the total points line of 207.

Tonight’s other NBA game sees Denver look to maintain their supremacy at home against slumping Minnesota. The Nuggets are 10-1 at the Pepsi Center and they’ll look to punish the Timberwolves who were woeful against Utah on Wednesday. Take Denver on the handicap of -7.5, available at 1.91.

Elsewhere, with the Top 16 round of the Euroleague now under way, it’s a good time to look at the season bets for who might end up on top in London in May. CSKA Moscow are deservedly favourites at 3.75 and they’re the only team which is excelling both in domestic and European competition.

There’s been a touch of vulnerability about Barcelona and Olympiakos while Real Madrid look a more intriguing shot at 6.00. However for a more adventurous option, have a look at Khimky Moscow to finish in the eventual top three, available at 15.00.

Bet of the Day: Take San Antonio for victory against New York at 2.02