NBA Best Bets – 3/3/23

Grizzlies @ Nuggets

Ja Morant is averaging 27/8/6 this season. Mandatory Credit: Petre Thomas-USA TODAY Sports

It’s a battle between the two best teams in the Western Conference as the Grizzlies head to Denver to take on the Nuggets. While there have been some concerns about this Memphis squad, they have now won three games in a row, and they head to Denver trying to keep this streak alive.

A victory tonight would allow Memphis to narrow the gap in the standings, but they would still be trailing by four games. Considering the consistent performance demonstrated by Denver, it appears highly improbable that they will forfeit their position as the number one seed this season.

The Nuggets have been a dominant force throughout this season, but the prospect of facing a red-hot Memphis team may be too much.

The Grizzlies should pick up the W tonight, but given that the moneyline is only offering a (+160) payout, the taking the points is the better route for bettors on this one.

Memphis +5 (-110)

One of the most impressive developments for the Grizzlies this season has been the growth and maturity of Ja Morant. While his talent was undeniable last year, his play was primarily self-centered, which affected the team’s performance. There are still flashes of it visible this season, but when Morant is more focused on rebounds and assists rather than points — as he has in the Grizzlies’ last three games — Memphis is more likely to pick up the win.

Morant Over 6.5 Rebounds (+100)

LA @ Sacramento

Paul George has averaged 25.2 points, 6.5 rebounds and 5.2 assists in 69 games for the Clippers without Kawhi Leonard in his career. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

After a battle with the Warriors last night, the Clippers head east to Sacramento to take on the Kings.

The last encounter between these teams was a true epic; it was an extremely high-scoring affair that required two rounds of overtime to settle. Ultimately, Sacramento emerged victorious with a final score of 176-175. The game was peculiar because the Clippers are not typically involved in shootouts, but they put up an impressive fight. Tonight’s game should see fewer points.

The Kings should not be such a heavy favorite in this one, and while the Clippers could win outright, they certainly will cover.

LA +6.5 (-110)

After playing 32 minutes last night, Kawhi Leonard likely won’t play in this one, making it the Paul George show. George’s stats are typically higher when Leonard is not playing, so grabbing his point prop would be a smart play tonight.

Paul George Over 25.5 Points (-110)

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