Betting Tips for Week 21 of the NBA

NBA Best Matches of the Week


ORL Magic at PHI 76ers

ORL MagicORL Magic

Tuesday 3/5 7:00 PM (ET)
Wells Fargo Center Philadelphia

PHI 76ersPHI 76ers

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Tip – Orlando has worked their way into the 8th seed in the East, but they are coming off a devastating loss at the hands of the Cavaliers. The Magic will look to bounce back from their loss as they usually do, and they are 4-0 ATS following a SU loss. To further help their cause, Philly will be without Joel Embiid for the 6th consecutive game. Both teams have hit the UNDER in 4 of their last five contests.

HOU Rockets (+4) at TOR Raptors (-4)

HOU RocketsHOU Rockets

Tuesday 3/5 8:00 PM (ET)
Scotiabank Arena

TOR RaptorsTOR Raptors

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Tip – Houston is beginning to quiet their haters, as they’ve rattled off five consecutive SU victories, including wins over Golden State and Boston. The question of whether or not hero-ball can win you a championship still lingers in Houston, but it’s getting the job done at the moment. This will be the third time in Houston’s last 11 games that they have been pegged as underdogs, and they’ve covered on each previous occasion. Toronto warrants strong consideration for the best team in the NBA, but that doesn’t make them a favorite amongst top betting sites. While the Raptors are an impressive 8-2 SU in their last ten games, they’re just 3-7 ATS over that same span.

BOS Celtics at GS Warriors

BOS CelticsBOS Celtics

Tuesday 3/5 10:30 PM (ET)
Oracle Arena

GS WarriorsGS Warriors

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Tip – It would be disingenuous for anyone to suggest Boston as a title contender at this moment. The Celtics have come out of the All-Star break flat as can be, compiling a meagre 1-5 record. On the other hand, Golden State hasn’t been much better. The defending Champs have dropped four of their last seven games. The Warriors have handled Boston with ease over their last ten head-to-head matchups, racking up seven SU victories. Yet, it’s Boston who has been the better bet of the two teams. The Celtics have gone undefeated (ATS) vs. Golden State in their last five matchups. Expect a low scoring contest, as the UNDER has hit in each of the past six games between Boston (Under is 4-0 in their last 4 overall games) and Golden State (Under is 4-1 in their last five overall games).

OKC Thunder at POR Trail Blazers

OKC ThunderOKC Thunder

Thursday 3/7 10:30 PM (ET)
Moda Center

POR Trail BlazersPOR Trail Blazers

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Tip – We just touched on how Boston has been terrible in recent weeks. Well, Portland is on the complete opposite of the spectrum, going 7-3 SU/8-2 ATS in their last ten games. The Trail Blazers hit on two major additions in that span, Enes Kanter and Rodney Hood. Kanter, who has been hitting the offensive glass hard, is averaging seven rebounds per game, while playing less the 20 minutes per. Hood was a driving force in their victory over Charlotte on Sunday, and erupted for 27 second half points. Oklahoma City hasn’t covered a spread in seven straight games, and is just 3-7 ATS over their last ten contests. Expect Portland’s newfound depth to help tack on another victory in the win column for the Blazers.

DEN Nuggets at GS Warriors

DEN NuggetsDEN Nuggets

Friday 3/8 10:30 PM (ET)
Oracle Arena

GS WarriorsGS Warriors

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Tip – Last week we covered how Golden State, while still dominating the NBA, has been a major disappointment amongst top betting sites. Since then, not much has changed. The Warriors are a measly 1-9 ATS over their last ten games. In years past, games at Oracle meant guaranteed Warriors dominance, yet Golden State is just 1-6 ATS in their last seven games at home. Denver has dropped two games in a row, but won five straight prior to that. The Nuggets, who will likely be underdogs in Oakland on Friday, have already defeated Golden State earlier this season.

BOS Celtics at LA Lakers

BOS CelticsBOS Celtics

Saturday 3/9 8:30 PM (ET)
Staples Center

LA LakersLA Lakers

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Tip – This is a battle between what are likely the two most disappointing teams in all the NBA. Drama has surrounded both rosters since the All-Star Break. The Kyrie-Celtics marriage seems more strained than ever, while the Lakers currently sit in the 10th spot in the West, winning just three games over their last ten. Betting trends don’t lend their hand in any one teams favor, but I’m riding with the Lakers for one reason, and one reason only. They need the win more. LeBron needs to take the helm and start stacking up victories for his Lakers if he has any hopes of making a playoff run. If you’re placing a bet, stick with the Over/Under in this one. The Lakers have hit the UNDER in 11 of their last 15 games vs. teams with winning records, while the Celtics have gone UNDER in five consecutive games.