NBA Best Bets – 2/28/23

Lakers @ Grizzlies

Anthony Davis is averaging 26/12/3 this season. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Anthony Davis and the Lakers take their three-game winning streak to Memphis to take on a struggling Grizzlies squad.

Everyone has been waiting for the Grizzlies to put it back together since their five-game losing streak, but they have yet to win more than two games in a row since the cataclysmic road trip. Conversely, the Lakers are coming alive at the right time. LA has sat at the bottom of the Western Conference for most of the season, and while they are still not in the playoff picture, they are now just a game out.

LeBron and D’Angelo are out tonight, but AD and company should be able to handle a nine-point spread. While they need to leave town with a win, that’s a tough ask when missing half the starting lineup.

Memphis is 18-11-1 at the spared at home, but with how they have been playing, nine points is too much to ask of them tonight.

Lakers +9 (-110)
Dennis Schroder Over 14.5 Points (-125)

Indiana @ Dallas

Kyrie Irving is averaging 26 points per game as a Maverick. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Slowly but surely, Luka and Kyrie are figuring out how to play together. So far, they have played four games together, and the Mavericks are 1-3 in those games. If that’s not an ugly enough stat, it’s worth noting that one win came against the San Antonio Spurs.

Both stars will play tonight against a scrappy Pacers team. While they are not the challenge some other teams pose, they cannot be underestimated. Indiana has won two of their last three games and won all three at the spread. Kyrie and Luka are not going to figure this out overnight, so while they should be able to pull out a win here, a cover is unlikely.

Indiana +8.5 (-112)

Kyrie’s stat line has not taken a hit since joining the Maverick, but he has struggled to hit point props. Since arriving in Dallas, Kyrie’s point prop is 2-4, and one of the games the over hit was an overtime epic. Looking at that trend, especially with Luka on the floor, bettors should continue to take his under.

Kyrie Irving Under 25.5 Points (-113)

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