Bet the Philadelphia 76ers at BookMaker.eu
I don’t envy the Kings heading into this East/West showdown with the Sixers in the City of Brotherly Love. Big Sac just ran with the Celtics the night prior and will likely have gone all out to split the season series after the Celtics logged the 111-109 win at Sacramento nearly 10 days ago. The Kings check in a bankroll bursting 3-7 SU & 2-8 ATS when playing on no rest and been outscored by nearly 10.0 points per game in those matchups. Playing a powerhouse like Philadelphia is never a fun ordeal. It’s readily able to beat you up down low with Joel Embiid and company as well as run you ragged with guys like Jimmy Butler and Ben Simmons attacking the rim with regularity.
Adding to my attraction of backing the Sixers at offshore sportsbooks in this spot is the fact that they’ll come in extra rested. The team will have had 2+ days to get their minds and bodies right for this matchup after last taking to the hardwood Tuesday night when they won but failed to cover against the Cavaliers. The Sixers have done their best work at home for NBA bettors to date in going 19-17 ATS, and they dropped the first meeting with the Kings 115-108 back on February 2 to fall to 0-3 SU & ATS in the L/3 meetings. Look for them to snap that streak on Friday night!
Bet the Charlotte Hornets at BookMaker.eu
The season has taken a dramatic turn for the worst for the Hornets since the All-Star break. Kemba Walker and company have logged just a trio of wins through 10 overall tries, and because of it now find themselves two-games off the pace from the Miami Heat who currently sit in the catbird seat of the Southeast Division. With Miami hosting Giannis and the Bucks this evening, the opportunity to trim a game off that deficit is laid out right before them in the final meeting of the season against the Washington Wizards. Charlotte took two of the first three skirmishes both SU & ATS to move to 5-2 SU & 4-3 ATS in the L/7 meetings. Two of the Hornets three wins since the break have come against the Wizz.
While Washington is currently trending in the other direction in winning five of their L/8 games to claw to within 3.5-games of the division-leading Heat, I’m simply not sold on this group. Their defense is simply an abomination with it allowing nearly 117.0 PPG and ranking out No. 27 in efficiency. Charlotte will have had 3+ days to adjust and try to correct what’s been ailing them since late February and will be looking to snap a two-game losing streak as well as a five-game coverless streak. If getting any kind of points in this matchup, I will be making a nice sized investment on the “Fighting Kembas” at top rated sportsbooks.
Bet the Los Angeles Clippers at BookMaker.eu
Though the Clippers currently have some breathing room in the Western Conference playoff chase with Sacramento, Minnesota and the Lakers now a handful of games behind them in the overall standings, Doc Rivers’ squad simply can’t take it for granted. They must continue playing winning basketball. From the looks of it, the team knows exactly that with the way it’s been burying recent opposition. Though it just had its five-game win streak snapped at home by the Trail Blazers, Portland is the better overall team. I can’t and won’t say that about Chicago.
The Bulls got real cute going into and coming out of the All-Star break by winning five of six games to throw a wrench in the team’s plans of possibly scoring the No. 1 pick in the upcoming draft. Since then, Chicago has lost five of its L/6 games by an average of 12.2 points per game. A skeleton crew is taking the floor for the wounded Bulls with Otto Porter Jr and Zach LaVine each nursing injuries. The former is questionable while the latter is doubtful for this matchup. LA has feasted upon losing teams all season. Last I checked Chicago’s 31 games under the breakeven mark. Look for the Clip Joint to roll and cover the closing NBA odds.