NBA Betting: March 25

NBA Betting: March 25

Tuesday night in the NBA will be a quiet one with only four games on the schedule. Three of the league’s best will be in action. including Oklahoma City, who is engaged in a fierce battle out West for the top seed in the playoffs. By virtue of San Antonio’s 14-game winning streak, the Thunder find themselves two games back in the standings and only 2 ½ games ahead of the surging Clippers. Here’s a breakdown of the night’s matchups, including the latest point spreads.

TORONTO AT CLEVELAND (+4.5)

The surprising Raptors sit third in the Eastern conference standings, but have lost three of their last five. With the Bulls and Nets breathing down their necks, Toronto can’t afford a defeat to a lesser opponent. The backcourt of DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry have been getting it done all season; the latter is averaging 24.2 points in his last five starts. The Cavs will once again be without All-Star MVP Kyrie Irving who is sill nursing a strained biceps. Veteran Jarrett Jack racked 31 points and 10 assists in Sunday’s victory over the Knicks. Cleveland is 0-2 versus Toronto this season, but have lost both by a combined 13 points. Toronto is 5-1 ATS in their last six in Cleveland. The Cavs are 19-16 ATS at home. No Irving means no dice.

Bet Toronto -4.5

PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS AT ORLANDO (+6)

The Blazers are coming off two straight road losses, including Monday night’s 93-91 heartbreaker to Miami. LaMarcus Aldridge’s ailing back will cause him to miss his seventh consecutive game. Dorell Wright has been spotty as a fill-in as Portland is forced to go with a smaller lineup. Damian Lillard is hitting just 34.7% of his shots from the field in his last five, but is 90% from the free-throw line during the same span. Orlando is mired in a nine-game losing streak and went 0-4 on a recent West coast swing. Rookie Victor Oladipo has been sharp of late and totaled 21 points and 10 assists against the Lakers on Sunday. Despite their horrendous record, the Magic are 10-3 ATS at home in their last 13. Blazers are 5-2 ATS versus the East in their last seven and 21-15 ATS on the road overall. No Aldridge coming off a draining defeat?

Bet Orlando +6

OKLAHOMA CITY AT DALLAS (+3)

The Thunder have won four in a row since losing at home to the Mavericks on March 16th. Russell Westbrook didn’t suit up that day and is playing every other game to rest his sprained right knee; he is expected to start tonight. Kevin Durant has scored 25-plus points in 30 straight starts, and lit up Toronto last Friday for 51 points. No offense to LeBron James, but Durant is the MVP. Dallas is battling Memphis and Phoenix for the eighth and final playoff spot in the West. They’ve gone 4-2 in their last six with both losses coming in overtime. Monta Ellis is averaging 26.6 points in his last three. OK City is playing back-to-back games, but is 11-5 ATS in their last 15 on zero days rest. Dallas is 8-3 ATS in their last eleven versus Western opponents. Thunder will be looking for some payback.

Bet Oklahoma City -3