NBA Best Bets – 3/8/23

OKC @ Phoenix

Josh Giddey is averaging 16/8/6 this season. Mandatory Credit: Alonzo Adams-USA TODAY Sports

The Oklahoma City Thunder will be looking to extend their three-game winning streak as they travel to Phoenix to take on the Suns in the first game of their three-game road trip.

The Phoenix Suns are on an upward trajectory in the standings and have their sights set on securing the second seed. With a healthy roster that now includes Kevin Durant, the Suns are an extremely dangerous team that has everyone excited to see what they are capable of achieving.

This game presents a challenge for bettors, as the Phoenix Suns are undoubtedly the superior team, but the Oklahoma City Thunder have been playing well recently. Plus, the point spread of fourteen is also a significant amount to cover.

The Thunder have a decent track record of covering the spread against the Suns, with a 3-2-1 record in their last six games. Additionally, the Thunder have been successful in covering the spread on the road, with a record of 17-10-3. Simply put, fourteen is too many points.

OKC +13.5 (-110)
Over 233.5 (-110)

Toronto @ LA

The LA Clippers are 1-4 in the last five games Kawhi Leonard has played in. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Hui-USA TODAY Sports

The Toronto Raptors are currently on a five-game road trip, with three games played so far. Unfortunately, they have only won one so far. However, the Raptors are determined to bounce back and make a statement in Los Angeles, as they face off against the Clippers today, followed by the Lakers on Friday.

The Clippers are also struggling to find their rhythm, even with a fully healthy roster. Despite having all their key players available, they currently have a .500 record. Coach Tyronn Lue is facing a daunting task if he hopes to steer this team towards a championship run.

Despite the vast difference in talent between the two teams, the Raptors and Clippers are surprisingly evenly matched. They have similar records, both in terms of wins and losses and against the spread.

With the playoffs approaching, the Clippers will need to elevate their game to avoid the Play-In Tournament. As the season winds down, bettors can expect them to improve and secure a spot as a six seed or better. If they can tighten up their play down the stretch, they have a good chance of making a deep playoff run.

LA -2.5 (-110)
Under 230.5 (-110)


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