DraftKings Sportsbook: Thursday NBA Picks

DraftKings Sportsbook: Thursday NBA Picks

This article is part of our NBA Picks series.

Alex Barutha

Andrew Wiggins over 27.5 points + rebounds + assists (-110) at Pelicans – DraftKings, 12:29 PM CT

It's hard to point to one major beneficiary of Steph Curry's presumed absence besides Jordan Poole, but he doesn't have player props available at time of writing. So, I'll pivot to Wiggins. While his numbers don't spike significantly with Curry off the court, he's not projected too far above his averages, so it's easy to lean to the over.

Nick Whalen

Memphis Grizzlies -12.5 (-115) vs. Detroit Pistons – DraftKings Sportsbook, 2:40PM CT

A profitable strategy this season has been to simply find ways to bet against the Pistons. Chances are, they won't get smacked by almost 40 again, as they did last night by the Hornets, but this is still a great spot for the red-hot Grizzlies to take advantage of one of the NBA's worst teams.

Andrew Wiggins OVER 21.5 points (-110) at New Orleans Pelicans – DraftKings Sportsbook, 2:40PM CT

This one is as simple as the Warriors being without Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and Juan Toscano-Anderson, which puts Wiggins in a better-than-usual spot to function as perhaps Golden State's top scoring option. Wiggins has gone over this number three times in his last five games, and he also has a 21-point game during that span. Going up against a lowly Pelicans team with few defensive stoppers, Wiggins should be in good position to approach 25-to-30 points.

Kirien Sprecher

Evan Fournier OVER 11.5 points (-110) vs. Boston CelticsDraftKings Sportsbook, 11:30 AM CT

Fournier is dealing with a nagging ankle injury and is coming off a scoreless performance against the Pacers on Tuesday, but I expect him to bounce back in a big way against an opponent he's had success against this year. In the Knicks' previous two meetings with the Celtics, Fournier posted lines of 32/6/3 and 32/5/3 – his highest-scoring outputs of the season. Boston's starting lineup is a stout defensive unit (107.3 points per 100 possessions), but I anticipate the Celtics will once again focus their attention on Julius Randle and RJ Barrett, which should allow Fournier to take advantage of a few open looks. 

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Alex Barutha
Alex is RotoWire's NBA Assistant Editor. He writes articles about daily fantasy, year-long fantasy and sports betting. You can hear him on the RotoWire NBA Podcast, Sirius XM, DraftKings Live and other platforms. Vince Carter and Alex both first dunked during their respective sophomore years of high school.
Kirien Sprecher
Kirien Sprecher is a University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate who has covered the NBA, NFL and MLB for RotoWire since early 2021. In his free time, Kirien is probably arguing a foul call during a pickup basketball game at a local rec center.
Nick Whalen
RotoWire's NBA Editor and host of the RotoWire NBA Podcast. Nick was awarded the FSWA Best Podcast -- All Sports award in 2017 and 2018. Many years ago, Stromile Swift gave Nick his unbelievably sweaty headband after a preseason game. Despite its failure to match his school colors, Nick went on to wear that headband for the entirety of his sixth grade basketball season. Catch Nick on Twitter @wha1en.
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