NBA Betting: March 3

NBA Betting: March 3

The NBA regular season is entering the stretch drive, so contenders looking to improve their playoff seeding can ill afford to slip up. Eight games are on the schedule tonight, highlighted by the surging Chicago Bulls, winners of nine of their last ten, traveling to Brooklyn to play a Nets team that ended a seven-game road trip on Saturday. Also on tap are the red hot Heat who have reeled off seven consecutive victories, and the equally hot Trail Blazers who have won five in a row. Here’s a breakdown of Monday’s action. including the latest point spreads.

MEMPHIS AT WASHINGTON (+2)

The Grizzlies have won six of eight and remain in the hunt for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Meanwhile, the Wizards are undefeated since the All-Star break, led by point guard John Wall who is averaging nearly 11 assists during that span. Washington dropped the first meeting by 3 despite Bradley Beal’s career high 37 points. Home team is 10-4-1 ATS in the last 15. Memphis is 15-10-1 ATS on the road. Washington is 10-17-2 ATS at home.

Bet the Grizzles -2

CHICAGO AT BROOKLYN (-3,5)

The Bulls only loss in their last ten was to the Heat. Chicago has won two games versus the Nets by a combined 33 points. Taj Gibson’s breakout season continues; he is averaging 17.6 points and 8.6 rebounds in his last five. Deron Williams averaged 16.4 points and 5.7 assists in February. Brooklyn is coming off a lengthy road trip, so fatigue could be a factor. Brooklyn is 6-14 ATS at home following a week-long road trip. Bulls have scored over 100 points in four straight and are 16-15 ATS at home.

Bet the Bulls +3.5

CHARLOTTE AT MIAMI (-12.5)

Due to the East being incredibly top heavy, the 27-32 Bobcats are sitting in seventh place in the standings. This marks Charlotte’s third straight brutal road test, following double-digit defeats to San Antonio and Oklahoma City. And on Wednesday they host the conference-leading Pacers (hello, cruel schedule makers). ‘Cats are 2-7 ATS on the road in their last nine against winning opponents. Heat are only 10-16-1 ATS at home, but are 5-0-2 ATS in their last seven. Lots of points and Miami could be looking ahead to a tough three-game road excursion. Bobcats have covered last two versus Heat.

Bet the Bobcats +12.5

LA LAKERS AT PORTLAND (-12)

The Lakers are once again dealing with injuries; both Nick Young and Xavier Henry won’t suit up. LA has lost eight of ten, but is 17-14 ATS away from home on the season. They hit a franchise record-tying 19 three-pointers in Friday’s win over Sacramento, led by Jordan Farmar’s 8 bombs from beyond the arc. LaMarcus Aldridge returned to the Blazers’ lineup on Saturday after missing five games with a strained groin. Center Robin Lopez is averaging a double-double in his last five starts. Portland ranks first in both scoring and rebounding, but are 2-6 ATS in their last eight home games. Lakers have covered four of their last five on the road. Blazers win, but covering might be difficult.

Bet the Lakers +12