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NBA Daily Betting Guide: NBA Best Bets and Daily Preview for March 9
Boston Celtics at Charlotte Hornets (7 p.m.)
Favored Team and Spread: BOS -7.5
Total Points: 227.5
The Boston Celtics will head to the Spectrum Center in an Eastern Conference matchup against the Charlotte Hornets. Boston has won two of the three games between these teams this season and is riding a three-game winning streak.
The Hornets are in the second half of a back-to-back. Small forward Jayson Tatum has been playing well in his previous 10 games as he is averaging 31.5 points, 7.4 rebounds, 4.7 assists, 0.6 blocks, and 0.8 steals per game. Boston is 18-7-1 Against the Spread in their last 26 games against Charlotte so go with the Celtics to cover and the over to hit.
Chicago Bulls at Detroit Pistons (7 p.m.)
Favored Team and Spread: CHI -5.5
Total Points: 227.5
The Chicago Bulls are looking to snap their three-game road losing streak as they head to the Little Caesars Arena in an Eastern Conference matchup.
The Bulls are leading the league with a 48.4 field goal percentage while the Pistons are 29th in the NBA shooting 42.4 percent. Small forward DeMar DeRozan has been doing well as he is shooting 50.9 percent from the floor, 43.8 percent from three, and 90.9 percent from the charity stripe with 31.1 points, 6.2 rebounds, 5.4 assists, and 1.2 steals.
Chicago is 10-1 Against the Spread and the under hit in each of the previous seven games so go with those to hit once again.
Phoenix Suns at Miami Heat (7:30 p.m.)
Favored Team and Spread: MIA -7.5
Total Points: 219.5
The Phoenix Suns will head to the FTX Arena in a non-conference matchup against the Miami Heat. Miami has played well as they have won four of their previous five games and Phoenix is without their starting backcourt.
The major difference is on the defensive side of the court as in their last three games, Phoenix is allowing 115 points while Miami is giving up 98.3 points. The Suns are just 7-21 Against the Spread in their last 28 games against each other and the over hit in seven of the previous nine games so go with the Heat to cover and the over to hit.
Atlanta Hawks at Milwaukee Bucks (8 p.m.)
Favored Team and Spread: MIL -5.5
Total Points: 238.5
The Atlanta Hawks will travel to the Fiserv Forum to take on the Milwaukee Bucks in an Eastern Conference Finals rematch. Milwaukee is riding a five-game winning streak right now and the major difference as of late is the offensive output.
Atlanta is averaging 113.8 points in their last four games while Milwaukee is scoring 128.4 points in their previous five games. The Hawks are 13-5 Against the Spread in their last 18 games played in Milwaukee and the over is 19-9-1 in their last 29 games between one another in Milwaukee so go with those to hit as well.
Los Angeles Lakers at Houston Rockets (8 p.m.)
Favored Team and Spread: LAL -5
Total Points: 233.5
The Los Angeles Lakers will head to the Toyota Center to take on the Houston Rockets in a Western Conference matchup. This is the fourth and final game between these teams and the Lake Show won the first three.
Both small forward LeBron James (knee) and center Christian Wood (illness) are listed as day-to-day and Los Angeles has the better pieces below him. The Lakers have covered in the previous five games played in Houston so go with Los Angeles to cover as well as the under as it hit in nine of the previous 13 games.
Oklahoma City Thunder at Minnesota Timberwolves (8 p.m.)
Favored Team and Spread: MIN -14.5
Total Points: 230
The Oklahoma City Thunder will travel to the Target Center to face off against the Minnesota Timberwolves. Minnesota is on a five-game winning streak while Oklahoma City is on a three-game losing streak.
These teams faced off three times with the win going the Timberwolves’ way in all three times. The defense is the biggest difference as the Thunder are allowing 132 points in their previous three games while the Timberwolves are giving up 104.3 points in their last four games.
Oklahoma City is just 5-11-1 Against the Spread in their last 17 games while the over hit in 12 of those games as well so go with the Timberwolves and the over to hit in this matchup.
Orlando Magic at New Orleans Pelicans (8 p.m.)
Favored Team and Spread: NO -8.5
Total Points: 221
The Orlando Magic will head to the Smoothie King Center to take on the New Orleans Pelicans in a non-conference matchup. Both teams are riding a two-game losing streak and looking to snap it here. The Pelicans are a new team and are playing extremely well so go with them to cover the spread at home.
Shooting guard CJ McCollum has been doing well in his last 10 games as he is shooting 55.4 percent from the field and 44.4 percent from deep while averaging 27.8 points, 5.6 rebounds, 6.7 assists, and 1.2 steals per game. The over hit in each of the previous five games so go with the over as well.
New York Knicks at Dallas Mavericks (8:30 p.m.)
Favored Team and Spread: DAL -8
Total Points: 215
The New York Knicks will head to the American Airlines Center to take on the Dallas Mavericks in a non-conference matchup. Dallas is riding a five-game winning streak and New York is in their fifth game of a seven-game road trip. Small forward Cam Reddish (shoulder), point guard (ankle), center Nerlens Noel (foot), and power forward Obi Toppin (hamstring) are all out while center Mitchell Robinson (illness) is listed as questionable.
The Knicks are ninth in the NBA with 107.3 points per game allowed while the Mavericks are second with 103.7 points per game. Go with the Dallas Mavericks to cover the spread and the under to hit as they hit in 10 of the previous 12 games against one another.
Toronto Raptors at San Antonio Spurs (8:30 p.m.)
Favored Team and Spread: TOR -1.5
Total Points: 229.5
The Toronto Raptors will travel to the AT&T Center to take on the San Antonio Spurs in a non-conference matchup. Toronto is on a three-game losing streak and heading downhill right now. Point guard Dejounte Murray has been doing well in his last nine games as he has put up 25.8 points, 8.6 rebounds, 10.3 assists, and 2.2 steals in that stretch.
The Raptors are just 3-8 Against the Spread in their last 11 games while the over hit in five of the previous seven games. All in all, go with the Spurs to cover at home and the over to hit in this game.
Portland Trail Blazers at Utah Jazz (10 p.m.)
Favored Team and Spread: UTA -17
Total Points: 221.5
The Portland Trail Blazers will head to the Vivint Arena to take on the Utah Jazz in a Western Conference matchup. Portland is on a five-game losing streak The Jazz have won each of the first two games with a difference of 18.5 points.
The offenses have been making a major difference lately as the Trail Blazers are averaging 96 points in their last four games while the Jazz are scoring 111.8 points in their previous five games. The Trail Blazers are 1-4 Against the Spread in their last five games against the Jazz while the under hit in four of the last five games. All in all, go with Utah to dominate and the under to hit.
Denver Nuggets at Sacramento Kings (10 p.m.)
Favored Team and Spread: DEN -4
Total Points: 237
The Denver Nuggets will be heading to the Golden 1 Center to take on the Sacramento Kings in a Western Conference battle. The Nuggets have won each of the first three games against the Kings this season by an average of 11 points.
The offenses have been stepping up as Denver is averaging 128.3 points in their last three games while Sacramento is scoring 109.5 points in their previous four games. All in all, go with the Denver Nuggets to cover the spread and the over to hit.
Washington Wizards at Los Angeles Clippers (10:30 p.m.)
Favored Team and Spread: LAC -4.5
Total Points: 219
The Washington Wizards will head to the Crypto.com Arena to take on the Los Angeles Clippers in a Western Conference matchup. This is the second and final matchup between these teams as the Clippers won on the road 116-115 back on January 25 by Luke Kennard scoring seven points in the final nine seconds.
Point guard Reggie Jackson has stepped his game up in the last 10 games as in 32.8 minutes he is averaging 18 points, 5.5 rebounds, 7.7 assists, and 0.6 steals per game. The Wizards are just 2-8 against the spread in their previous 10 games against the Clippers so go with Los Angeles to cover the spread as well as the over as it is 24-9 in their last 33 meetings.
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