Toronto Raptors vs. Philadelphia 76ers
NBA Pick: Philly +9 (March 2nd 2015)
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The Raptors come in here tonight as a 9 point favorite and it looks easy to back to them, they are the better team and Philly has 13 wins on the year. But one has to look at recent rends this time of season as teams become cyclical, and I mean overall stats do not always tell the current picture, it is the last 5 games you want to emphasize in terms of how a team is playing right here, right now. The Clippers were a good bet early on, and now they are in a funk and their best player is out, as an example. Toronto’s recent form is a concern, they have lost 5 in a row and just got beat by the lowly Knicks.
The 76ers have played some good ball as of late, and play some good defense at home as well as they face the high flying Raptors who score 106 ppg on the road. Philly has managed to hold their last 7 opponents at home to 84 ppg and have won 5 out of those 7 home games playing that good defense. Toronto plays little defense as evidenced by them giving up 104 ppg on the road this year so Philly will get some open looks tonight and if they can maintain their defensive prowess they can hang within this generous number. Philly is a respectable 18-10-1 ATS at home this season and I think they give the Raptors all they want tonight and make this a close game.
Dallas Mavericks vs. New Orleans Pelicans
NBA Pick: Dallas -8.5 (March 2nd 2015)
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I want to lay the points here with Dallas. The Mav’s are coming off B2B losses but they are expected to have either Parsons or Chandler back in the lineup tonight or maybe even both. I do want to wait until closer to tip off so check their status but if either one is expected to play, then I want to take Dallas. New Orleans is now playing their 3rd game in 4 nights and this is a team that does not have much depth, especially down low in the paint. With Anthony Davis, Anderson, and Holliday out this is a team that has been relying primarily on Evans and Gordon in the backcourt. Their bench is basically non-existent and Dallas will be wanting to push the pace in this one and they can do it with Ellis, Rondo, and Barrea. New Orleans is on a season high 5 game winning streak, but they have not played quality teams, especially on the road and I think that playing in this B2B road spot tonight will hurt them as they are 3-21 SU all time playing @ Dallas. Again, check your injury report and if Chandler or Parsons suits up for this game, the lay the points tonight with Dallas.
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Phoenix Suns vs. Miami Heat
NBA Pick: Phoenix +3 (March 2nd 2015)
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The Phoenix Suns have split their last four games and begin a four-game road trip. The Suns offense is putting up 105.8 points on 45.9 percent shooting and on the defensive side they are allowing 105.1 points on 45.3 percent shooting. The Suns offense is led by Eric Bledsoe with 17.2 points and six assists a game. Markieff Morris adds 15.1 points and 5.9 their rebounds. The Phoenix Suns have allowed 100-plus points in nine of their last 12 games. The Suns have lost 10 of their last 11 games when allowing 100 or more points, and they’re 14-16 SU this season on the road. Brandon Knight is questionable with a hip injury.
The Miami Heat have been playing inconsistently after splitting their last eight games. The Heat are putting up 93.6 points a game on 45.5 percent shooting. On the defensive end the Heat are and are allowing 96.7 points on 45.7 percent shooting. Dwyane Wade leads the Heat offense with 20.7 points and 5.2 assists a game. Luol Deng is averaging 14.6 points and five rebounds.. The Heat have to improve defensively considering they’ve lost 20 of their last 21 games when allowing 100-plus points. The Heat are just 10-17 SU on their home court. Chris Andersen and Goran Dragic are questionable with injuries.
I am taking the Suns and the points. Both teams have been putting up a lot of points lately, but if Dragic can’t play or is not at 100% Miami’s offense will struggle a little. I like the Suns to win this game outright.
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