NBA Betting 3-14-17 – Free Picks
We went 1-1 yesterday, winning with the Timberwolves, but losing with the Bucks. Today’s slate is just five games. However, there is already news that some games may be canceled in the Northeast due to a winter storm. As always, all our odds will be quoted from BetOnline (Full Review) and are accurate at the time of posting. However, be sure to line shop for the best price before placing your bet.
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Indiana Pacers at New York Knicks +3.5 Total: 210
The Pacers and Knicks both come into tonight’s game at Madison Square Garden playing poorly.
Unlike New York, Indiana is a playoff team if the season ended today. However, they will need to do quite a bit of work to keep their sixth spot in the East and to clinch a playoff spot, altogether.
The Pacers last played on Sunday evening, losing 102-98 to the Miami Heat. The loss put their record on the year at 34-32, just two games above .500. Indiana is 2.5 games behind the Hawks for the fifth seed but is just two games ahead of the Bucks who have the final playoff spot in the East.
After plenty of offseason hype, it’s been a rough year for the Knicks. New York is far from reaching a playoff berth and the 2016-17 season with be another lost season for professional basketball in the Big Apple.
The Knicks have won just three games in their last ten and have lost their last three contests. They were defeated 120-112 on Sunday at Brooklyn. The win dropped their record to 26-41 on the year. They’re only behind the Magic in Nets for the worst record in the Eastern Conference.
The Pacers opened as a -2.5 favorite in this contest. They’ve gotten over 75 percent of wagers so far which has moved to odds to Indiana -3 and -3.5 at some shops. The total opened at 211.5 but has come down to 211 or 210.5 at most sportsbooks.
The total has come down since opening, and I expect more of the same as we approach tipoff. The Knicks aren’t exactly putting maximum effort on either side of the ball, but the Pacers have consistently performed worse on the road this season offensively.
In their last three road contests, they’ve scored 85, 88, and 97 points. This won’t be a grind it out affair against two defensive-minded teams, but I expect this one to sail under the 210 number.
Pick: Under 210
Portland Trail Blazers at New Orleans Pelicans -4 Total: 216
Portland is still very much in the playoff hunt in the tough Western Conference. They are 29-36 on the year and three games behind the Denver Nuggets for the final playoff spot in the conference. They’re coming off a win on Sunday against the Suns in Phoenix.
Since acquiring DeMarcus Cousins, the Pelicans haven’t played up to expectations. At 26-40, it’s going to be tough for them to make the playoffs with just 16 games left. They have won just four out of their last ten contests. Most recently, they won at Charlotte on Saturday in overtime.
The Pelicans have moved to -4 at most shops since opening at -2.5. They’ve garnered about 60 percent of all wagers so far.
The Pelicans have extra rest compared to Portland who is playing their third game in four nights. They hot streak is also a bit inflated, considering they achieved this beating bottom of the barrel type of teams like Phoenix, Philly, and Brooklyn.
The matchup is also ideal for Cousins and Davis, who both should have their way with an undersized Blazers’ front court. They should dominate the boards and control this game from start to finish.
Pick: Pelicans -4