NBA Betting Preview & Best Bets: Tuesday, March 1
Welcome to today's edition of NBA Best Bets!
I hope you all got a chance to see the three-leg Same Game Parlay I recommended last week as it hit.
Please Note: All odds are according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
Best Bets of The Night
Game 1: Brooklyn Nets at Toronto Raptors -8.5
This game will be the second of back-to-back Net games in Toronto. As a result, Kyrie Irving will not be active against the Toronto Raptors tonight because of Canada’s vaccination law. Unvaccinated athletes remain unable to enter the country even though some restrictions have been dropped. This means that the 33-27 Raptors will not have to face Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, and Ben Simmons. Andre Drummond is a game-time decision for tonight’s contest as well. He’s been dominant in the paint since being traded to Brooklyn. The Nets are at a huge disadvantage tonight and should lose, but maybe not by nine or more points.
The Over/Under in points is set for 218.5 points. Brooklyn is the 11th (110.7 PPG) highest-scoring team in the league while Toronto is ranked 18th (108.7 PPG). The teams average 219.4 combined points. I believe that the Nets can produce some strong offense and score 110 to 120 points tonight without KD or Kyrie. Cameron Thomas and Seth Curry have stepped it up for the Nets as of late. The Nets also need to bounce back from their 133-97 defeat against the Raptors last night. They need to score more than 97 points and at least compete after what was an embarrassing defeat. I think the Nets keep things interesting with Toronto and that both teams combine for 219+ points.
Bet: Over 218.5 Total Points (-112)
Game 2: Los Angeles Clippers at Houston Rockets +7
Houston made some interesting acquisitions before the trade deadline. There aren’t many games that Houston can win as they are near the bottom of the standings in the Western Conference. Although they are still the underdogs for tonight’s matchup against the 32-31 Clippers, Los Angeles is a beatable ball club. Dennis Schroder has been off to a great start in Houston after being dealt away by the Celtics. He’s recorded near triple-doubles multiple times already as a Rocket. The Clippers beat the Rockets on Sunday, 99-98 in a thriller. The Rockets will have one more chance to defend the homecourt after what was a gut-wrenching loss for them. For +270, this is our bold pick for tonight’s games.
Bet: Houston Rockets ML (+270)
Game 3: Dallas Mavericks at Los Angeles Lakers +5.5
The Lakers are in a state of disarray. They cannot win, and even LeBron James is going back and forth with frustrated Lakers fans. In contrast, things are going well for Luka Doncic and the Mavericks. He should go into Los Angeles and help his new-look Dallas roster after trading Kristaps Porzingis for Spencer Dinwiddle. The Lakers have lost seven of their last 10 games, and have failed to score more than 102 points in each of their last three games. They need to wake up, and they might try to compete with Dallas. Ultimately, the level of energy, effort, and morale seems to be low in Los Angeles at the moment. Dallas' core of guards featuring Luka, Jalen Brunson, and Dinwiddie should help them seal at least a six-point win tonight.
Bet: Dallas Mavericks -5.5 (-108)
Same Game Parlay of the Night
This week, we’re going big with a four-leg SGP for tonight’s game between the Atlanta Hawks and the Boston Celtics.
Game: Atlanta Hawks at Boston Celtics -6.5
Leg 1: Robert Williams Over 10.5 Points
Robert Williams is now playing 35+ MPG in Boston and is starting to produce a little more offense. While he did miss two games before the All-Star break, he’s scored in double figures in every game throughout February. He should win the matchup tonight against Clint Capela and hit the Over in points scored.
Leg 2: Jaylen Brown Over 5.5 Rebounds
Jaylen Brown is averaging 6.3 rebounds per game this season but has only recorded eight total rebounds over his last three games. As a result, this anomaly has decreased his Over/Under rebound total. The number deflated to 5.5 for tonight. Brown should win the matchups in the paint against Gallinari or Bogdanovic, which I think will help him record at least six rebounds tonight against the Hawks.
Leg 3: Kevin Huerter Over 11.5 Points
Kevin Huerter can easily score 12 points or more against the Celtics tonight. He’s scored at least 13 points in three of the last four games and is shooting a respectable 46.2% from the field this season for 11.6 PPG. He's one of the better long-range shooters in the NBA and has seen increased playing time since the Hawks sent Cam Reddish to the New York Knicks.
Leg 4: Trae Young Over 2.5 Three-pointers
This is another prop I’ve taken more than once in the past that continues to hit. Trae Young hits approximately three three-pointers per game but is averaging 7.7 three-point attempts per contest. He’s also shooting a career-high 37.8% from beyond the arc (9.4 FGM for 20.5 FGA this season). With his 34.5 MPG this season, Young should easily record three or more baskets from downtown tonight. He certainly will need to drain more than three if the Hawks have any ambitions of beating the Celtics on the road.
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