NBA Best Bets – 3/13/23

Memphis @ Dallas

After being robbed of Coach of the Year last season, Taylor Jenkins should be a frontrunner this season. Mandatory Credit: Petre Thomas-USA TODAY Sports

Following their victory over the Mavericks in Memphis, the Grizzlies are now headed to Dallas for a rematch.

Memphis lost two games immediately following Ja Morant’s indefinite suspension, but they have since rebounded with back-to-back wins. This team’s ability to win without their superstar is not surprising, as they’ve shown they have no problem maintaining the status quo when any starter is missing.

What has been interesting to see is how the Grizzlies have defeated these top Western Conference teams without Ja, Steven Adams, and Brandon Clarke. Their depth is unreal, and head coach Taylor Jenkins deserves all the credit. Jenkins seems to have a gameplan for every team, no matter which guys on the roster are available to him.

As Doncic and Kyrie are expected to miss their second consecutive game, the Mavericks are clearly at a disadvantage. However, this absence evens the playing field, as indicated by the spread.

The Mavericks are 3-8 this season without Luka, and two of those wins came with Kyrie on the floor. When playing with a depleted squad, Memphis is clearly the better team.

Memphis (-115)

Desmond Bane has been cold from deep, as he has only hit 3+ threes in three of his last ten games. While he has to heat back up eventually, bettros should not count on that happening in Dallas.

Desmond Bane Under 2.5 3's (+108)

Tyus Jones always does an incredible job stepping up when Ja is out. He is a floor general, who can score too. While he may not be an ideal starting option for a team, he is undoubtedly an asset as a bench player.

Tyus Jones Over 15.5 Points (-105)

Milwaukee @ Sacramento

Chimezie Metu put up nine points last time out. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

The number one team in the league heads to Sacramento to play the Kings for the second time this season. This is the second-leg of Milwaukee’s three-game road trip. They kicked things off with an overtime thriller in San Francisco, and will now try to rebound before heading to Phoenix.

To say both teams are hot would be a vast understatement; both squads enter play having won eight of their last ten. They are rolling through opponents as they climb the standings, and this is a clear case of an unstoppable force meeting an immovable object.

Vegas has this game read well, as the spread sits at a bucket. Many people will jump at the opportunity to bet the Bucks as a short favorite, but Sacramento will prove for the umpteenth time this year they are not to be underestimated.

Sacramento (+110)
De'Aaron Fox Over 6.5 Assists (+106)



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