The NBA comes out of the All-Star break with two games on Thursday and then a multitude of games on Friday. We’ll begin our NBA best bets by looking at three games on Friday and then look at some best bets for this weekend’s action.
The NBA comes out of the All-Star break with two games on Thursday and then a multitude of games on Friday. We’ll begin our NBA best bets by looking at three games on Friday and then look at some best bets for this weekend’s action. It will be of utmost importance to consider the schedule, especially with all of the teams coming out of the break. Let’s look at the NBA best bets for this week, starting with Friday’s NBA best bets and we’ll conclude by looking ahead to best bets on Monday.
Friday, March 12 NBA Best Bets
Wizards vs. 76ers
The 76ers were not given any favors by the schedule makers, as they have to come out of the All-Star break and play on Thursday and Friday. They were in Chicago on Thursday and now they have to come back to the Eastern Time Zone and play with no rest in Washington on Friday. The 76ers finally broke a long losing streak at Washington, winning last August, but they had lost the previous nine at the Wizards. The 76ers have also been terrible ATS of late in the second half of back-to-backs, going 0-5 ATS. I think this is a great spot for Washington, so I will take the Wizards as the home dog.
Bulls vs. Heat
The Heat played at home on Thursday against the Magic and now they have to go on the road and play in Chicago on Friday night. Miami has lost two of their last three in the second half of back-to-backs and I think this is a tough one to go on the road with no rest in the second game coming out of the break. I will take the Bulls in this one.
Spurs vs. Magic
The Magic will be playing with no rest on Friday night, as they were in Miami on Thursday. Now Orlando has to head into San Antonio with no rest on Friday. The Spurs have covered 7 of the last 10 in this series against the Magic. Orlando has lost 7 of their last 10 playing with no rest. I will take the Spurs in this one.
Saturday, March 13 NBA Best Bet
We went with the Wizards earlier in the week but Washington is in a bad spot on Saturday. This will be their third game in four days and they will be playing with no rest, as they host Milwaukee on Saturday. The Bucks have won five of the last six in this series at Washington and they are 4-2 ATS. The Wizards have dropped their last two games playing with no rest and I expect them to get blown out in this one. I will lay the points and take the Bucks on Saturday.
Sunday, March 14 NBA Best Bets
Bulls vs. Raptors
The final play for the week is on the Bulls, as they host the Raptors on Sunday. This is a back-to-back situation for Toronto, as they were in Charlotte on Saturday. The Raptors have done well in this series, but this play is against the Raptors because they have really struggled playing with no rest. Toronto has lost six of their last seven playing with no rest. I will take the Bulls at home in this one on Sunday.
Monday, March 15 NBA Best Bet
Pistons vs. Spurs
We were on the Spurs on Friday, but we are going against them on Monday night. The Spurs will be playing with no rest on Monday, as they were in Philadelphia on Sunday. San Antonio finally won a game playing with no rest, as they beat the Knicks last week, but they had previously lost their last five in the second half of a back-to-back. I will take the Pistons at home on Monday night.
Clippers at Mavericks
We normally go against teams playing in the second half of back-to-backs, but there are exceptions to that rule and the Clippers are the poster child for the exception. They have been great playing with no rest, winning their last six. I’ll take the Clippers in this high-profile matchup on Monday night.
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