NBA Betting: March 19

NBA Betting: March 19

On the eve of March Madness, the NBA will be searching for some madness of its own with ten games on the schedule. The Nets will look for a fifth win in six games versus the suddenly competent Bobcats, who have won six of eight. Anthony Davis, fresh off a 40 point/21 rebound effort on Sunday, leads the Pelicans against the Raptors, losers of their last two. And Kevin Love takes his MVP repertoire to Dallas to face the surging Mavericks. Here’s a rundown of the action, including the latest point spreads.

CHARLOTTE AT BROOKLYN (-6)

Don’t look now, but the Bobcats are climbing the standings in the Eastern conference. They’ve won four of five games and are getting excellent play from the inside-outside duo of Al Jefferson and Kemba Walker; the former has notched double-doubles in four of his last five starts. Meanwhile, the Nets have been steadily improving since being 10-21 on January 1st. Brooklyn has won eight of ten and nine straight at home, including a 105-89 victory over the ‘Cats on February 12th. Deron Williams is coming off a 28-point outing in Monday night’s win versus Phoenix. Charlotte is 4-1 ATS in their last five and 19-14-1 ATS on the road overall. Brooklyn is 8-0 ATS in their last eight home games and 4-1 ATS at home in the last five meetings in the series.

Bet Brooklyn -6

TORONTO AT NEW ORLEANS (+1)

The Raptors have dropped their last two, but still sit third in the Eastern conference standings. In the first meeting on February 10th, Toronto won by 7 at the Air Canada Centre, paced by 41 combined points from the backcourt of DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowery; the latter is averaging 22 points and 9.4 assists in his last five games. For the Pelicans, this season has been Anthony Davis’s coming out party; the second-year power forward is averaging 33.2 points and 14.2 rebounds in the last five and is rapidly moving into the elite at his position. New Orleans needs Tyreke Evans to keep up his quality production at small forward; he has topped 20-plus in three of five. Toronto is playing back-to-back games and  is 1-4 ATS on their last five on zero days rest. Pelicans are 15-16-1 ATS at home and haven’t beaten a winning opponent since February 1st.

Bet Toronto -1

MINNESOTA AT DALLAS (-5)

If the T-Wolves were in the East, they would be in 7th place. Out West, they are 5 1/2 games out of the final spot. They rank fourth in scoring and seventh in rebounding, and Kevin Love is posting MVP worthy numbers; he has scored fewer than 18 points only once in his last 15 starts. In addition, shooting guard Kevin Martin is netting 24 a night in his last five. Minnesota is 2-1 versus the Mavs this season and won in Dallas way back in November. The Mavericks have won five of six and continue to get solid production from veterans Shawn Marion, Vince Carter, and Devin Harris. Minnesota is 16-5 ATS in their last 21 in Dallas, but 0-4 ATS in their last four overall. Mavs are 15-17 ATS at home, but 7-2 ATS in their last nine versus the West.

Bet Dallas -5