3 Interesting Thursday Night NBA Trends To Be Aware Of

Be aware of these three trends when the NBA returns to action on Thursday

Nets at 76ers


TREND: The 76ers are 25-2 straight-up at home.

WHY IT MATTERS: Philadelphia opened as -360 moneyline favorites, which indicates how much oddsmakers respect them at home. Oddly enough, they’ve gone 9-19 on the road, but that’s a different topic for a different day. Since Kyrie Irving (shoulder) has been ruled out indefinitely … again… we know what to expect from the Nets at this point. Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons and company are fully expected to improve their remarkable home record, but opening at +290, it’s tempting to pull the trigger on Brooklyn, who has gone 1-2 against the Sixers this season. 

Heat at Hawks


TREND: The Heat are 1-9 ATS on the road vs. teams who allow 110-plus per game. 

WHY IT MATTERS: The Hawks have the second-worst scoring defense in the NBA this season (118.9 points allowed per game), but the Heat have struggled against the spread in high-scoring situations on the road. Although Atlanta’s defense is a turnstile, their offense averages 110.2 points per game, for comparison. Don’t take too much stock in this trend since the Heat are a far superior team, but it’s worth noting that it’ll be somewhat important for Miami to control the pace and not let this game turn into a shootout (as far as the spread is concerned). This will be the fourth and final meeting between the two squads and Miami has won the first three by 15 (at home), nine (on the road) and 14 (at home in overtime). The Heat opened as 5.5-point road favorites for Thursday’s contest.

Grizzlies at Kings


TREND: The Kings are 9-16-1 against the spread at home this season.

WHY IT MATTERS: The Kings opened as 1.5-point favorites in this matchup, which is slightly surprising. Sacramento will be extremely thin in their frontcourt tonight, and it seems like a realistic possibility that Memphis’ Jonas Valanciunas dominates Harry Giles, essentially the last man standing for the injury-ridden home team. Rookie of the Year frontrunner Ja Morant poses a major threat against the likes of De’Aaron Fox, Buddy Hield and company. At this point, it’s very difficult to trust the Kings in any situation.