It’s time to tip off another great day of NBA betting action here at Cappers Info, and we are set to make our free basketball picks for some of the best games on the docket on Thursday, 2/16/12.
NBA Matchup: Boston Celtics @ Chicago Bulls
Date: Thursday, February 16th, 8:00 ET
Location: United Center, Chicago, IL
NBA Betting Odds: Chicago -8
NBA TV Schedule: TNT
Two of the big time stars in this game, Boston’s Kevin Garnett and Chicago’s Derrick Rose are likely to be sitting on the sidelines, which is going to take some of the luster away from this one. That being said, the Bulls are still sitting pretty and playing well without their MVP candidate, knowing that there are men like Carlos Boozer, Luol Deng, and Joakim Noah that can pick up the slack for a sometimes iffy backcourt. Boston got 35 from Rajon Rondo last night, but it still wasn’t enough to beat the lowly Detroit Pistons at home. These two teams met just a few days ago in Beantown, a game that was won by the Celtics. We just don’t think that the visitors are going to be this luck this time around, as that was the team’s only win since February 7th.
NBA Pick: Chicago -8
NBA Matchup: Los Angeles Clippers @ Portland Trail Blazers
Date: Thursday, February 16th, 10:30 ET
Location: Rose Garden, Portland, OR
NBA Betting Odds: Los Angeles -1
NBA TV Schedule: TNT
The Clip Joint really shouldn’t be favored in this game. We get it, though. Portland hasn’t played all that well of late, and it is still anyone’s guess whether LaMarcus Aldridge is going to be back in the fold for this one or not. The Clips might not have Chauncey Billups any longer, but there is no doubt that this is still a team that is one of the best in the West… at home. On the road, there is a reason that this is just a 7-6 team, and going into a venue like this, especially right off of a bit of a brutal road trip that included a ton of stops all over the place, it is going to be difficult to get the job done. Back the Blazers, who should win this one at least half the time.
NBA Pick: Portland +1