Thursday Night NBA betting preview & trends

Usually, the two games on the NBA on TNT Thursday doubleheader start at 8 p.m. ET and 10:30 p.m. ET, respectively. Sometimes, though, both games are moved up an hour and that’s the case this week.

Odds courtesy of OddsShark.com

The opener features the Boston Celtics at the Miami Heat. Here we are halfway through the regular season (some teams have reached 41 games) and these Eastern Conference rivals haven’t played once yet. Boston is the only East team that the Heat haven’t faced and they still have three more meetings after this one. Quite possible they end up squaring off in the first round of the playoffs.

Miami won two of the three against Boston last season but that was thanks in large part to guard Goran Dragic, who averaged 24.5 points against the Celtics. Dragic is currently out several weeks following arthroscopic knee surgery. The Heat will have an advantage here in that Boston will be playing in the second of a back-to-back after hosting Indiana on Wednesday. The Celtics are just 2-4 in the second of a back-to-back this season. They have covered five of their past six in Miami, though.

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