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NBA Predictions for Thursday, February 13th

| February 13, 2020 3:40 am PDT
NBA Predictions for Thursday

Yesterday’s action-packed schedule left us with some very important takeaways. Luka Doncic was back for the Mavericks and it looked like he was never injured as he dropped 33 points to down the Kings.

An exhausted Lakers roster found the strength to overcome a solid Nuggets team in overtime and the Bucks couldn’t compensate for Giannis’ absence against the Pacers.

While these teams can now firmly concentrate on the All-Star weekend, there are still four franchises that will be facing stern tests today.

My daily NBA predictions detail both matchups and the key news surrounding the teams. The games promise to be very entertaining, but are also quite difficult to call. Nevertheless, I’m not one to shy away from tough basketball predictions, so here’s my take on today’s double-header.

Celtics to Beat Clippers

Two of the most solid teams in the league are going head-to-head in Boston. The Clippers have been somewhat inconsistent recently, winning six out of their last ten contests. The Celtics have the edge on that front with eight wins out of ten.

Both teams will be going into the game with the intention to bounce back quickly from disappointing defeats. The Clips were beaten by a strong performance from the Philadelphia 76ers.

Kawhi Leonard was impressive once again, but the game showcased some worrying trends. Paul George finished with a measly 11 points on a three of fifteen shooting. On top of that, the new addition Marcus Morris is yet to prove that he is an upgrade on both the offensive and defensive front.

The Celtics’ impressive seven-game winning streak was halted by an explosive display by the Houston Rockets. Boston never really got their offense going on the night. Their main scorers in Kemba Walker, Jayson Tatum, and Jaylen Brown were wasteful and the team as a whole produced a very high turnover rate.

Defensively, they couldn’t cope with the Harden-Westbrook barrage as the Rockets’ All-Star duo combined for 78 points on the night.

So, there will be a lot of people on the court tonight looking to make amends. Paul George will be desperate to improve on his woeful shooting against the Sixers and the same goes for Boston’s All-Stars.

It will be a very tight game and one that clearly shows how tough making NBA predictions can be. But you have to take your pick and I personally am more inclined to back the Celtics here for a couple of reasons.

The Clippers have been shaky on the road and will be missing their meanest defender in Patrick Beverley. The Celtics, on the other hand, have their full roster available and will have the home-court advantage.

Thunder to Beat Pelicans

Surprise package Oklahoma City is still going strong with seven wins in their last ten. However, they’ll be really disappointed with the manner in which they dropped their last two home games.

They looked to have the edge over the Celtics, only to fall apart in the third quarter and gift them the win. This was followed up by a poor performance against San Antonio. The Spurs were without DeMar DeRozan and had lost five games on the trot, but still managed to sneak past the Thunder.

Now, a couple of bad defeats won’t wash out all the positives for Billy Donovan’s men, but they will need to find their rhythm again quickly if they want to stay competitive in the West.

The first step is overcoming the New Orleans Pelicans which is not an easy task right now. Alvin Gentry’s team is on a three-game winning streak and Zion Williamson’s impact has got them flying.

They completely decimated the Blazers in their last game with the star rookie dropping 31 points in 28 minutes. Jrue Holiday and Lonzo Ball dished out 20 assists between them and it seems that JJ Redick has found a bit of a scoring touch from the bench.

It’s all looking for the Pels and they have every reason to be confident ahead of today’s game, but I have a feeling that the Thunder will edge this one.

First of all, even if Zion has lifted the spirits, there’s no hiding the fact that New Orleans has one of the worst defenses in the league. The Thunder will be itching to get back on the right track and they have the perfect instrument in Chris Paul to easily capitalize on bad defending.

On top of that, All-Star Brandon Ingram will almost certainly miss the game and OKC has been quite good on the road.

Final Words

This concludes my NBA predictions for today. It’s only two games, but both of them should be highly entertaining.

If you think I’m onto something, you can check what the top NBA betting sites are offering and place your wagers.

Have a great All-Star weekend and don’t forget to check back for my daily NBA predictions after the break.

Elias Wagner

Elias Wagner has been a soccer fan since he was a young boy. He still has a huge passion for the sport itself as well as betting on it and writing about it.

Outside of soccer, Elias also enjoys other sports including basketball, tennis, and snooker. He's been writing for GamblingSites.com since 2018.

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