While the Eastern Conference has taken center stage on most nights over the past week, including last night, which featured the Bucks against the Nets where Milwaukee picked up a huge victory, tonight is the Western Conference’s chance to shine. The Phoenix Suns – Memphis Grizzlies headline the league’s 10-game slate, though the Timberwolves – Nuggets is also a very intriguing contest. Additionally, the Pelicans – Lakers and the Trail Blazers – Spurs have major playoff implications.
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Best NBA Bets Today: Player Props & Expert Betting
Magic vs. Raptors Under 216.5 Points
Toronto is playing some solid basketball of late, winning four straight and going 8-2 over their last 10, and should be able to extend their winning streak tonight.
Toronto (44-32) appears to have avoided slipping into the Eastern Conference play-in thanks to their recent strong play, as well as Cleveland’s tailspin. The Raptors hold a 2.5-game lead over the Cavaliers, who have lost two straight and eight of their last 13. The Raptors are also just a half-game behind the Bulls and two games in back of the fourth-place 76ers, who have dropped three straight.
Toronto has been one of the best scoring defensive teams in the league over the last 10 games but has not shot the ball well during this stretch, where they are shooting just 43.0% from the field along with 29.1% from beyond the arc over their last five contests away from home. While they have been excellent on the defensive end during this 10-game stretch, and despite allowing just 103.5 points over their last five road contests, their opponents have shot 46.6% against them on their home court. Moreover, Toronto has outscored their opponents by 3.4 on the road in the last five, which is down nearly six points from their plus-9.1 margin over the previous 10.
Orlando has not had a strong close to the season thus far. The Magic have lost four straight and seven of their last 10. As has been the case all season long, the Magic have had trouble putting the ball in the hoop. They are averaging an NBA-worst 106.7 on 43% shooting from the field along with 33.9% from the 3-point line over the last 10 games. They have not been great on the defensive end lately either, but they have been better on both ends of the floor at the Amway Center over the last seven contests. Orlando will not have Wendell Carter Jr. (wrist) tonight as he has been downgraded from questionable to out. Carter has played extremely well against the Raptors this year and averaged 20 points along with 12 caroms over his last six appearances.
Wizards Spread (+8) Over Mavericks
Dallas is almost in a must-win situation. The Mavericks (48-29) have clinched a playoff berth, but in order for them to possibly avoid the Suns in the second round, they need to win the remaining games they are supposed to. The Mavs are tied for third in the Western Conference with the Warriors, who have dropped four straight. The point spread seems exceptionally high for this situation though it did drop one whole point since the opening line.
Dallas has won three straight and seven of 10 as they have improved their offensive efficiency lately and have shot the ball well. However, they have struggled on the road on both ends of the floor recently. The Mavericks have split their last six contests away from home, as they are averaging just 105.6 points during this span on 45.6% shooting from the field. Defense has not been a strong suit for the Mavs all season long, and that has been the case over the last 10 games, particularly on the road, where their opponents are averaging nearly 112 points while connecting on 47.8% from the field and 38% from long distance. Luka Doncic has been superb over the last four games, posting a double-double in each contest, including topping the 30-point mark three times.
Washington has finally been eliminated from playoff contention. The Wizards have won three of four, and they are over .500 at home on the season. The Wizards are one of the worst defensive teams in the league, though they have been better over the last 10 games while not at home. They are allowing over 118 points a game on 47.8% shooting from the field over their last 10 games. However, Washington has shot 50% from the field and 36% from beyond the arc during this stretch at home while outscoring their opponents by an average of 116-to-115. Moreover, OddsShopper gives the Wizards a 56% chance of covering the spread with an expected ROI of 12%.
Kings Moneyline (-140) Over Rockets
Total Under 232 Points
The teams just played on Wednesday with the Kings picking up a 121-118 victory as Davion Mitchell, Trey Lyles and Damian Jones each tallied 24 points apiece. Sacramento has won two of the three matchups this year. While bettors should not expect that this game will play out like Wednesday’s, the Kings are currently the better team as the Rockets are dealing with a plethora of injuries. OddsShopper gives Sacramento a 55% chance of winning the game.
While each of the first three contests between the squads saw a lot of points, the trend this year has been that teams who are playing each other close together see a far different type of game. Therefore, expect the total to be under 232 points. Moreover, there is not a great deal of offensive talent on either team, except for Mitchell, Harrison Barnes, Kevin Porter and Jalen Green.
Lakers Moneyline (+105) Over Pelicans
This is a huge game for both squads with the Lakers, Pelicans and Spurs in a dogfight for the final two play-in spots in the Western Conference. New Orleans (33-43) has won six of nine and has a two-game lead over the Spurs and Lakers, who have lost four straight. The Pelicans have also beaten the Lakers in both of the earlier matchups, which includes a 116-108 win on Sunday. However, Los Angeles is at home, where they have been much better this year than on the road and LeBron James along with Anthony Davis are expected to play. James had 39 points in the last meeting and averages 35.5 points along with 7.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists – the Pelicans. Meanwhile, Brandon Ingram, Jonas Valanciunas and C.J. McCollum have played well in the series for New Orleans. OddsShopper gives the Lakers a 51% chance of winning with an expected ROI of 1%.
Isaiah Roby Over 15.5 Points
Roby has shown massive improvement in his third year and really has turned into a quality offensive player. Roby has turned in four consecutive excellent all-around games. He has scored in double-figures, topping the 20-point mark twice, and has grabbed at least seven boards in each of the contests. Overall, Roby averages 19.3 points along with 7.3 rebounds (3.3 offensive), 3.3 assists and 1.8 blocks while shooting 60.8% from the field during this stretch. Roby is projected for 18.51 points in an excellent matchup against the Pistons, allowing opposing power forwards to shoot a league-best 49.8% from the field against them on the season. Moreover, Detroit has allowed opposing power forwards to tally 23.4 points over the last 10 games, with Tobias Harris, Kevin Durant and Julius Randle having solid games over the past three contests. OddsShopper gives the over a 68% chance of hitting and an expected ROI of 28%.
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