NBA Betting: March 13

NBA Betting: March 13

It’s a light schedule in the NBA on Thursday night with only three games on the docket. The Bulls will face their third straight stiff opponent following battles against Miami and San Antonio when they host the Rockets. Also on tap, the horrid Bucks will attempt to look respectable versus a slumping Hawks team that has lost 14 0f 16. Lastly, the languid Lakers will attempt to do the unthinkable by beating the mighty Thunder for the second time in five days. Here’s a breakdown of the action, including the latest point spreads.

HOUSTON AT CHICAGO (+2.5)

The Rockets’ torrid run was put to an end by the Thunder on Tuesday night. Dwight Howard scored a paltry 9 points on 4-12 shooting, and their spotty defense yielded 42 to Kevin Durant. Meanwhile, Chicago was pummeled for three quarters by the Spurs on Tuesday before storming back in the fourth quarter. Bulls are a tough nut to crack; they’ve dropped two of three at home, but hustle so well on defense they always seem to be in games. The bench combo of D.J. Augustin and Taj Gibson continue to get it down in the scoring column and on the glass, respectively. Houston is 5-0 ATS in their last five meetings versus the Bulls. Chicago is 16-15 ATS at home.

Bet Houston -2.5

MILWAUKEE AT ATLANTA (-8.5)

The Bucks’ quest to land Andrew Wiggins/Jabari Parker/Dante Exum in the 2014 NBA Draft stops in Atlanta tonight to face a Hawks team that has lost six of seven, but is fresh off a victory at Utah on Monday. Kyle Korver (yes, he still plays) netted 26 and hit all four of his three-point attempts, and Paul Millsap returned to form in his third game back from a sore knee. Milwaukee leans on ex-Kentucky star Brandon Knight, who is averaging 17.4 points and 5 assists. The Bucks don’t do anything particularly well, but they do have a competent offense that has totaled at least 96 points in nine of ten. Hawks won the first meeting in Milwaukee by 25. That said, the Bucks are 5-1 ATS on the road in their last six, and Atlanta is 2-13-1 ATS in their last 16 games overall. Trusting either team to cover is risky.

Bet Milwaukee +8.5

LA LAKERS AT OKLAHOMA CITY (-16.5)

Smart bettors will steer clear of this one. The Lakers are dreadful, but still managed to beat the Thunder 114-110 last Sunday and haven’t tipped since. Jodie Meeks (?) scored a career-high 42, which contributed heavily to the stunning upset. OK City looked sharp against Houston on Tuesday and should be poised to not overlook the Lakers again. Serge Ibaka has pulled down 31 boards and rejected six shots in his last two starts. As long as the Thunder defend the perimeter, they should win easily. Lakers are 6-1 ATS in their last seven road tilts. Thunder are 18-15 ATS at home. Regardless of the records, this is a lot of points. Again, the savvy play is to stay away. Or back the visitors to cover.

Bet LA Lakers +16.5