NBA Predictions and Best Bets – February 4, 2021

| February 3, 2021 2:33 pm PDT

Thursday offers a lighter NBA schedule, but also a rarity; a schedule nearly filled with games featuring two teams with winning records.

Usually, there are a lot of mismatches bettors are forced to figure out, but a more competitive atmosphere could make Thursday’s games a tad tricky.

That, or there will simply be more value to be had.

Before you get ready to bet, see who is hitting the hardwood on Thursday, February 4th, 2021.

  • Utah Jazz vs. Atlanta Hawks
  • Golden State Warriors vs. Dallas Mavericks
  • Portland Trail Blazers vs. Philadelphia 76ers
  • Houston Rockets vs. Memphis Grizzlies
  • Denver Nuggets vs. Los Angeles Lakers

It’s an impressively stacked slate despite only boasting five NBA games. Luka Doncic, Joel Embiid, LeBron James, and Nikola Jokic are just a handful of the big names that could be hitting the court.

As stated, four of the five contests feature teams at .500 or better, so there is a lot to play for on Thursday.

Keep an eye on the stars that could be limited or sidelined, and be sure to check for the latest NBA odds at your favorite basketball betting sites.

For my NBA predictions and top betting picks, read on.

Utah Jazz vs. Atlanta Hawks Predictions

  • Jazz to beat Hawks
  • Predicted total: 215-220

Utah enters as 5.5-point favorites on the road. I totally get that, as they’ve largely been on fire lately. The Jazz are a pretty good defensive team, and they’re 9-1 over their last 10 games.

The problem? They’re not quite as dominant on the road, and we got a clear picture of that when they lost to the Nuggets in Denver.

That said, they sure can shoot it.

These sides together make the Over stand out, while the Hawks ATS is also very appealing.

Trae Young and the Hawks aren’t a world-beater, but they’ve been better on the defensive end this year. They match up fairly well with Utah and could be a sneaky play here against the spread.

Golden State Warriors vs. Dallas Mavericks Predictions

  • Mavericks to beat Warriors
  • Predicted total: 225-230

The Warriors are severely banged up down low these days. Head coach Steve Kerr was left wondering who the team could turn to, as big men James Wiseman and Kevon Looney will be out for the foreseeable future.

Golden State could be in trouble here, as the Mavs will have them beat in the size department.

The Warriors can always shock you if Stephen Curry feels like showing up, but Dallas badly needs a win. Chances are they get one in a winnable spot at home.

Portland Trail Blazers vs. Philadelphia 76ers Predictions

  • 76ers to beat Blazers
  • Predicted total: 230-235

The Blazers are struggling with their health these days, so they’ll be understandable underdogs against the 76ers.

Portland can bring the offense, of course, and bettors always have to take into account that Damian Lillard could sound off.

He’s been pretty special this year.

Joel Embiid has been a monster this year, however. That and Philly has been virtually unstoppable (10-1) on their home floor.

I’d target the Over with confidence, but I doubt Philly loses this one.

Houston Rockets vs. Memphis Grizzlies Predictions

  • Rockets to beat Grizzlies
  • Predicted total: 220-225

It’s reasonable to expect John Wall to make his return on Thursday, after resting on Wednesday.

With him likely back, the Rockets feel like solid bets to take out the younger Grizzlies.

Houston has quietly been very good ever since trading away James Harden.

Like, really good.

Memphis has been on their own tear but finally saw their six-game winning streak snapped. A bit of a losing streak could be coming their way here.

Denver Nuggets vs. Los Angeles Lakers Predictions

  • Lakers to beat Nuggets
  • Predicted total: 210-215

The last game of the night could be the most hotly contested. The Lakers host the Nuggets in a rematch of last year’s Western Conference Finals.

It won’t have the same theatrics, but it still has the same matchup, and Denver will use this game as a nice measuring stick.

They will undoubtedly be motivated, while L.A. has looked a bit more human as of late.

With the ever-present possibility of the Lake Show resting one of their superstars, Denver stands out as a very interesting value bet – if only to beat the spread.

Best NBA Bets for Thursday, February 4th

  • Hawks (+5.5) -110
  • Rockets (+1) -110
  • Nuggets (+6) -115

Atlanta is a fun home dog. They can fill it up offensively, and their defense is still underrated. Utah isn’t at home, either, so everything has me digging the Hawks against the spread.

Houston is also going overlooked as a mild road dog. John Wall should be back, and they’re simply the more talented team compared to Memphis.

Lastly, I love Denver ATS here.

The Lakers are a middling 11-11 against the spread this year, and Denver should be highly motivated in this spot. You can go for the full upset picks with Atlanta and the Nuggets, but I like the ATS value tonight.

If you like these NBA picks, feel free to take them to your favorite NBA betting sites. For more NBA content, check out our NBA betting blog.

Noah Davis
Noah Davis

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