The NBA Thursday schedule features eight games on the board and a few intriguing matchups. The Pistons look to snap their record-breaking losing streak tonight in Boston. Additionally, the Warriors welcome the Miami Heat to town. Below are my NBA Picks for Thursday, December 28, 2023.
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NBA Picks December 28, 2023
Utah Jazz vs. New Orleans Pelicans
Tipoff: 8:00 pm EST
Spread: Pelicans -8
Both teams come into this game healthy, and in particular, the Pelicans have their core players on the floor. The Pelicans have been one the best team ATS at home this season in the first half. In fact, the Pelicans are 12-3-1 ATS in the first half at home this season.
The Pelicans will welcome the Utah Jazz on their home floor, and the Jazz have struggled on the road this season in the first half. In fact, the Jazz are just 5-13 ATS in the first half on the road. Further, the Jazz possesses the worst defensive rating in the first half on the road this season. Meanwhile, the Pelicans have the best net rating (+19.2) at home this season in the first half.
Best Bet: Pelicans 1H -4.5
Detroit Pistons vs. Boston Celtics
Tipoff – 7:40 pm EST
Spread: Celtics -17
The Detroit Pistons are on the brink of history and not the good side of history. Currently, the Pistons are on a 27-game losing streak. Tonight, the Pistons head to Boston as a 17-point underdog looking to pull off one of the biggest upsets in NBA history AND snap their losing streak.
Despite the Celtics not having Jayle Brown available for this game, I do expect the Celtics to have plenty of success on the offensive side in this game. The Pistons on the road are allowing 122.9 points per game and have a net rating of -16.3 over the last five games on the road.
Best Bet: Celtics TT Over 125.5
YTD Record: 26-19 (57.8%)
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