Blazers aim for revenge vs shorthanded Denver and today’s NBA odds and best bets
28 teams are in action today across the Association with some teams still battling for playoff position while others like the Denver Nuggets are more interested in resting key players. We’re here to bring you the must-read betting notes from around the Association to help you make the best wagers.
Building an early lead
The Spurs travel to Cleveland currently in the eighth seed in the Western Conference. But they’ll want to come away with a win to try and avoid the Warriors in the first round of the playoffs.
The Spurs have won eight of the last 10 in the head-to-head, and seven of the last eight at Quicken Loans Arena.**video
The Cavaliers rank 29th in first-half points per game averaging 51.8. The Spurs, although inconsistent on the road, are coming off a game where they put up 77 versus the Wizards. Back the Spurs on the first half spread of 4-points.
Looking to repeat his success
The last time these two teams, met DeMar DeRozan shot 10 of 12 from the floor for 25 points and dropped eight dimes. With this game important due to a very closely contested Western Conference, look for his success to continue today versus a Cavaliers team surrendering 23.2 points on 44.6 percent shooting to opposing shooting guards.
Big Game for Gordon
The Celtics are 5-point favorites as they host the Magic who have struggled versus Boston overall, especially on the road at TD Garden with a 2-15 record. This game is crucial for the Magic who currently hold the six seed with the ninth-seeded Heat only a game and a half back.
Last time these two teams met, Orlando’s Aaron Gordon shot 7 of 14 from the floor, and was a perfect 13-13 at the free throw line for 28 points. Look for similar numbers today and back Over his points total of 15.5.
Hoping to end his season on a positive
The Wizards travel to New York to take on a Knicks squad who have officially locked up the worst record in the NBA at 15-64. The Wizards have won 11 of 12 in the head-to-head, and five straight on the road at Madison Square Garden.
New York’s Kevin Knox hopes to close out the season strong versus a Wizards team surrendering 118.9 points per game away from home. Although shot poorly in the prior two meetings this season, his field goal attempts have increased along with his minutes over the last 10 games. Bet Over his points total of 15.5.
The Blazers host the Nuggets in the second game of a home-and-home. Friday night it was the Nuggets coming away with a 119-110 victory, but they will have to do so shorthanded. The Nuggets are resting Paul Millsap, Nikola Jokic, and Jamal Murray today, making Portland 7.5-point home favorites. Portland will likely be getting C.J. McCollum, and Seth Curry back.
Portland has won 15 of its most recent 18 games versus the Nuggets. The Over has hit in six of nine in the head-to-head, and 12 of the most recent 14 home games for Portland. Look for Portland to find success from the floor today and bet Over their team total of 111.5.