Six games, including a battle of Western Conference goliaths and Eastern Conference playoff hopefuls, highlight tonight’s NBA docket. The Rockets and Warriors meet up in the west, while the Heat host the Pistons in the east, among other intriguing matchups. Here’s a full betting rundown for the night ahead.
Warriors And Rockets Over 230.5 Points (-110)
On a night when the Golden State Warriors visit the Houston Rockets, it’s hard to believe this isn’t projected to be the highest-scoring game of the evening. Instead, that honor belongs to the Thunder and Nets’ matchup. The Warriors, coming off a statement win over Denver and a shocking loss to Phoenix, are averaging 112 PPG in their past seven games. Houston, meanwhile, has averaged 111 PPG over that same span. The Rockets have won nine games in a row, by the way. One of those wins happened to be against this same Warriors squad; a 118-112 decision back in February. The combined score of that game added up to, you guessed it, a total of 230 points. That is the score to beat tonight. During that February game, James Harden did not suit up. With the league’s leading scorer back on the floor, this game should easily go over 230.5 points.
Magic To Cover (+2) @ Wizards
Behind Nikola Vucevic’s 20.7 PPG, the Orlando Magic are close to earning their first playoff berth since 2012. At 31-37, Orlando sits just behind the eighth-seeded Miami Heat. Miami faces a tough matchup tonight, with the Detroit Pistons in town, the current seventh seed in the playoff picture. Any outcome in that matchup will benefit the Magic, as long as the team pulls out a victory. Needless to say, this is a must-win game for Orlando. The Magic need to re-discover the ingredients that helped them rip off eight wins in ten games during February. That streak included impressive wins over the Bucks, Warriors and Raptors. Washington has put together a decent few weeks of play, but their defense remains suspect. The Wizards are giving up 118 PPG in the month of March.
Nets And Thunder Under 231.5 Points (-110)
As stated earlier, it’s shocking to see that the Rockets-Warriors’ matchup did not receive the highest expected point total of the night. It’s the Thunder-Nets’ game that the under bettors should monitor. Sure, OKC ranks fourth in the league in scoring offense, but Brooklyn is all the way down at number 19, putting up 111.8 points per night. The Nets, winners of four-straight games, have held opponents below 100 points twice in that span. Dallas scored 88, while Detroit could only muster up 75 points on Monday. Even though OKC has the NBA’s second-leading scorer in Paul George, the team is coming off one of their lowest scoring outputs of the season. The Thunder’s 98 points were just enough to beat the Jazz earlier this week.
Detroit Pistons @ Miami Heat (-2)
Memphis Grizzlies (-1.5) @ Atlanta Hawks
Utah Jazz (-8.5) @ Phoenix Suns