NBA Best Bets – 3/25/23

Utah @ Sacramento

Malik Monk is averaging 13 points per game over his last ten. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

The Utah Jazz roll onto Sacramento to take on the Kings for the second time this week.

The Kings were in Utah on Monday, and they left town after a tremendous seven-point beatdown. Having lost two of their last three, Sacramento has been surpassed by the Grizzlies in the standings, and there is now a clear distinction between the top four teams in the Western Conference.

If the regular season ended today, the Kings would have the terrible draw of the Warriors in the first-round. With just nine games to go, the Kings will try to catch Memphis and see if they can find a more favorable opponent for their first playoff series since 2006.

There is no way the Kings will lose to the Jazz twice in one week, and while seven and a half points is a large spread, they should be able to handle it at home so they can light the beam.

Sacramento -7.5 (-110)
Over 236.5 (-110)

New Orleans @ LA

Terance Mann (14) put up 14 points his last time out. Mandatory Credit: Chris Nicoll-USA TODAY Sports

The Clippers have quietly been climbing the standings this month, winning six of their last eight. As a result, LA holds the four spot in the West and have a half-game lead on the Phoenix Suns. However, with just three games separating them and the 11-seed, it will be interesting to see how things in the regular season round out.

Both teams are missing a superstar but are hoping they can return before the playoffs. While the timetable for Paul George is promising, it seems like Zion’s return is a carrot dangling in front of the Pelicans they will never receive.

New Orleans team has bested the Clippers in their last two meetings, and they come into this one on a three-game winning streak. However, the starting five for both teams are slightly different in this one.

A five-point spread is perfectly appropriate. This game should be close, and while the Clippers may sneak out a win at home, they won’t cover against a Pelicans team that just always seems to have their number.

New Orleans +5 (-110)
CJ McCollum Over 20.5 Points (-115)



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