TNT TV NBA Pro Basketball Sports Betting Matchup Previews for Thursday

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It’s the Thursday night TNT TV doubleheader from NBA pro basketball on January 17th. The action gets underway at 8PM Eastern Time with the second game of the doubleheader set for a tip time of 10:30PM Eastern Time.

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Game one of the doubleheader will feature the LA Clippers as they conclude their three game road trip with a stop to face the Minnesota Timberwolves. Its gets started at 8PM Eastern Time from Minnesota over TNT TV. The Timberwolves have been hit with adversity in the 2012-13 season. Kevin Love has missed much of the early part of the season with a broken right hand. As luck will have it Love returned for 18 games and is lost against as he breaks the same hand. Love went under surgery and will be out until Mid- March as the target return date. The Timberwolves host the Clippers with a 16-19 record and is coming off a four game road trip where they lost each game bay 12 points or greater. They miss the offense of Love in the lineup as the team has averaged just 90 points a game in those four defeats. That is five points below their season average of 95 points scored per game. This will be the third and final game of a road trip for the Clippers. They come off a nice win on Monday in a 99-73 road victory at Memphis as they play without Chris Paul who had a deep knee bruise. The Clippers will have one day of rest following a road game at Houston on Tuesday.

The nightcap of the TNT TV doubleheader will feature Lebron James and his Miami Heat squad paying a visit to Staples Center to play Kobe Bryant and the LA Lakers. The Heat and Laker begin from Los Angeles at 10:30PM Eastern Time. The road has not been kind to the Miami Heat this season as entering Wednesday night’s game at Golden St the defending NBA Champion was 8-9 straight up on the highway after a 104-97 defeat at Utah. The Heat allows nearly 100 points per game on the road this season. The Lakers has been one of the biggest disappointments this season. They break a six game losing streak on Sunday night in a 20 point home win against Cleveland. LA has had problems defending this season as the club allows 102 points a game and fifth worst in the league.

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