There's a couple pivitol matchups in the NBA tonight, none bigger than the Denver Nuggets hitting the road to play the Golden State Warriors. The Dallas Mavericks also host the Utah Jazz and the Lakers don't have a fair travel to take on the Clippers. Betting on tonight's action? Make sure to click on the links provided below the trends and get live odds from sportsbook Bodog.
Denver Nuggets at Golden State Warriors:
Nuggets: Sole possession of eighth place in the West is on the line here. Golden State and Denver are 47-31 with 4 games remaining in the regular season, and both trail seventh-place Dallas by 2 games. Denver has won 4 of its last 6 on the road, and Carmelo Anthony is averaging 40 points per game in his last 3 games alone. Denver has won 9 of its last 12 against Golden State, although the Nuggets are allowing 107 ppg on the season.
Nuggets are 9-2 ATS in their last 11 Thursday games.
Key Injuries - NONE
Warriors (-5, O/U 240): Golden State posted its highest point total of the season in Tuesday's 140-132 win over Sacramento but yielded more than 130 points. "It's hard to be disappointed when you win and you score 140 points, but we're going to have to start guarding people a lot better than we did tonight," said Warriors head coach Don Nelson. Golden State's 26-12 home record is the worst among West playoff contenders, but the team has won 3 straight in Oakland. The Warriors are allowing a league-worst 108 points per game.
Warriors are 6-15 ATS in their last 21 home games.
Key Injuries - G Mickael Pietrus (7 ppg; groin) is probable.
Utah Jazz at Dallas Mavericks:
Jazz: The Jazz already have the Northwest Division title locked up, but they still looking to move closer to securing home-court advantage in the first round of the postseason. Utah has won 4 in a row overall and has also won 4 of 6 against these Mavericks. However, the Jazz have dropped 8 of 9 in Dallas.
Jazz are 2-7 ATS in the last 9 meetings in Dallas.
Key Injuries - G Ronnie Brewer (12 ppg; groin) is probable.
Mavs (-4, O/U 198.5): The Mavericks have won 4 of 5 overall, including Tuesday's 99-83 victory over Seattle. Jason Terry scored 22 points and Josh Howard added 17 for Dallas. "This is not a bad time to be playing your best basketball with the playoffs right around the corner," said Mavs point guard Jason Kidd. The Kidd-less Mavs scored 125 points the last time at home against these Jazz.
Home team is 19-7-1 ATS in the last 27 meetings.
Key Injuries - F Jerry Stackhouse (11 ppg; groin) is doubtful.
Los Angeles Lakers at Los Angeles Clippers:
Lakers (-15.5, O/U 209): The Lakers are in a tight race for home-court advantage in the Western Conference, and they are also looking to complete a series sweep of the Clippers. LA has defeated the Clippers by an average of 25 points per game on the season, even with Kobe Bryant averaging just 17 ppg in the last 2 contests against them. The Lakers are 27-11 SU at the Staples Center and haven't lost in the building since the end of March.
Lakers are 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings.
Key Injuries - NONE
Clippers: The Clippers are mercifully set to play the last game of what has been a terrible season at Staples Center. The Clippers are 13-27 at Staples and have lost 3 straight and 11 of their last 13 at home. Even with Elton Brand back, injuries remain a hindrance: Chris Kaman (ankle) and Corey Maggette (hamstring). The Clips are averaging just 94 points per game on the season and posted just 82 in the last battle of LA.
Clippers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games.
Key Injuries - G Corey Maggette (22 ppg; hamstring) is questionable.
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