NBA Betting: Thursday night's tips


There's a clash of two NBA titans in Windy City on Thursday night but can the Bulls blow the Thunder away?

In the absence of Derrick Rose, the Chicago Bulls have managed to pull together a 3-1 start to the season, holding opponents to under 89 points while sharing the offensive load to compensate for the loss of the team's talisman.

It's not been pretty, with Luol Deng and Joakim Noah both toiling to score at times, but it has been effective. Now the strategy will get its toughest test to date when Oklahoma City come to town.

OKC have averaged 103.5 points over their last two games, improving to 2-2 with a rout of Toronto. Kevin Durant has yet to hit full stride, averaging only 20 points per game to date but new arrival Kevin Martin has picked up some of the slack. Yet it's still a concern that last season's beaten finalists look a little disjointed defensively, a weakness that Chicago will hope to exploit.

The Bulls are an attractive 2.26 to win in regulation and underdogs by 2.5 on the handicap at 1.91. While take a look at Russell Westbrook, who is priced at 1.85 to score over 22 points with no Rose in his path.

The LA Clippers spoilt San Antonio's perfect start to the season with a 106-84 win on Wednesday night, illustrating that there is more to their armoury than the one-two punch of Chris Paul and Blake Griffin. Now they'll try to build on that impressive showing when they head north to

Portland to take on the inconsistent Trailblazers Los Angeles has a poor record at the Rose Garden, winning just once on their last seven visits. But as they showed against the Spurs, they have become a formidable defensive unit to complement their scoring duo.

That should ring warning bells for Blazers rookie Damian Lillard who crumbled under pressure from Dallas in his team's loss on Monday, held to just 13 points while making only five assists. The Clippers – who are -1 on the handicap at 1.91 to win in regulation - have proven adept at forcing turnovers which should limit their hosts' opportunities. It's worth going under 201.0 total points at 1.86.

There's also a special bet on whether Paul can score over 17.5 points at 1.85. On current form, who'd bet against him?

Bet of the Day: Take the Bulls to beat the Thunder at 2.26.