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NBA: Thursday Doubleheader

Written by:
Payton
Published on:
Mar/04/2009

The TNT Thursday doubleheader is an all Western Conference affair as four potential playoff teams are in action.

Make sure you go to the bet menu to get the Live Lines on both of these games.

The bet menu is also where you'll see our special Primetime Prop Promotion. The ‘PTP' is a great way to either double your winnings or earn cash back as thousands of Sportsbook.com members have already come to find out.

Dallas Mavericks at New Orleans Hornets - 8 pm ET

New Orleans had their season twisted upside down when center Tyson Chandler was traded to Oklahoma City only to have the Thunder rescind the trade after he failed the physical.

Chandler returned to the Hornets five games ago and has helped them go 5-0 straight-up with his infusion of rebounding and defense. The downside has been from a betting perspective as they only covered the spread one of those five games.

Dallas has played well at home lately with a five-game winning streak (4-1 ATS) pending the conclusion of their Wednesday night game against San Antonio. The road has been a different story, even though they only played four away games in the last month. Dallas is 0-4 straight-up and ATS including a loss at lowly Oklahoma City on Monday.

Note that the Mavs have been respectable in back-to-back situations, going 5-6 ATS overall, while New Orleans is well rested after last playing on Monday.

The favorite is 7-2 ATS in the last nine meeting betweens the teams which could bode well for the home Hornets.

Portland Trail Blazers at Denver Nuggets - 10:30 pm ET

These two teams are fighting it out along with Utah for the Northwest Division. Like the Mavericks, the Trail Blazers are in a back-to-back situation after hosting Indiana on Wednesday night and are just 5-6 ATS in these situations despite have young legs.

Portland has also struggled on the road this year at 12-18 ATS and a lot of those failures have been against the elite teams in the conference.

Denver dropped their last two games, both on the road at Indiana and Detroit. The Pistons game was played without Carmelo Anthony who was serving a one-game suspension. The Detroit loss helped spoil a great 34-point effort from Chauncey Billups against his old team.

Anthony's return on Thursday, coupled with big man Nene returning to the lineup last week, means the Nuggets starting lineup and bench should be strong. Denver is 16-12-1 ATS at home this year and they usually get up for the big games.

Note this is the third meeting between the teams this year with the home team winning and covering the spread each time. However, those games back in December were without Anthony who missed them both due to injury.

Make sure to check out of the latest spreads on both of these games at Sportsbook.com and cash-in with the Primetime Prop Promotion.

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