The NBA is back, and you better get ready for the heap of games coming your way. Who will come on top today? We’ve got all the answers you need.
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Philadelphia 76ers @ Washington Wizards – 8PM ET
The Philadelphia 76ers stick to the top spot in the Eastern Conference with five wins in the last six games. They returned from the All-Star break with a convincing 127-105 victory over the Chicago Bulls, despite playing without both Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons.
Tobias Harris led them with 24 points and four assists. Dwight Howard posted a double-double of 18 points and game-high 12 rebounds, along with two blocks, while Furkan Korkmaz had 16 points, four dishes, and game-high three steals.
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— Washington Wizards (@WashWizards) March 11, 2021
The Washington Wizards lost three of the previous four games, including the most recent one to the Memphis Grizzlies on the road.
Bradley Beal led Washington in a 127-112 defeat with 21 points, five assists, and three thefts, while Russell Westbrook recorded a double-double of 20 points and ten dimes, along with five rebounds and three steals.
NBA Pick – Philadelphia 76ers (-189)
NBA Spread – Philadelphia 76ers -5 (-110)
Total Points Pick – Under 234.5 (-110)
Denver Nuggets @ Memphis Grizzlies – 8PM ET
The Denver Nuggets hit the break with four consecutive victories – all four on the road. They are improving their form and it looks that this team is capable of playing in the very finish of the Western Conference playoffs once again.
Michael Porter Jr. led the Nuggets in a 113-103 win over the Indiana Pacers with a double-double of 24 points and 11 rebounds. Jamal Murray scored 23 points with four assists and two steals, while Nikola Jokic contributed with 20 points, game-high 12 boards, and eight dimes.
The Memphis Grizzlies returned from the All-Star break with a convincing 127-112 victory over the Washington Wizards. Jonas Valanciunas had a monster game as he finished with a double-double of 29 points and game-high 20 rebounds, along with game-high four rejections.
Ja Morant was right behind with 21 points, game-high ten assists, and six boards, while Desmond Bane chipped in with 20 points and four rebounds.
NBA Pick – Denver Nuggets (-145)
NBA Spread – Denver Nuggets -3.5 (-110)
Total Points Pick – Under 228 (-110)
Cleveland Cavaliers @ New Orleans Pelicans – 8PM ET
The Cleveland Cavaliers were on a four-game winning run, but the Indiana Pacers stopped them from getting the fifth in a row in a close encounter.
Collin Sexton led the Cavs in a 114-111 loss with a double-double of 32 points and ten assists, along with four rebounds and three steals. Jarrett Allen recorded a double-double of 17 points and game-high 11 boards, Dean Wade had 17 points and six rebounds, while Darius Garland ended with 16 points and five dishes.
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— New Orleans Pelicans (@PelicansNBA) March 12, 2021
The New Orleans Pelicans suffered a disappointing 135-105 defeat to the team with the worst record in the entire NBA – the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Zion Williamson led the team with 24 points and five rebounds. Steven Adams posted a double-double of 13 points and 12 boards, while Brandon Ingram had 13 points and four assists.
NBA Pick – New Orleans Pelicans (-323)
NBA Spread – New Orleans Pelicans -7.5 (-110)
Total Points Pick – Over 226.5 (-110)
Miami Heat @ Chicago Bulls – 9PM ET
The Miami Heat are in great form as they won eight of the previous nine games and climbed to the 5th place in the East with a 19-18 record.
The Heat beat the Orlando Magic 111-103 in their latest game thanks to another strong performance from Jimmy Butler, who had 27 points, game-high 11 assists, eight rebounds, and game-high three steals. Kelly Olynyk added 20 points, seven boards, and two thefts, while Tyler Herro contributed with 17 points, five dishes, and four rebounds.
The Chicago Bulls fell to a surprising 127-105 defeat to the Philadelphia 76ers, who played without Embiid and Simmons. Lauri Markkanen led the Bulls in a loss with 23 points and four rebounds. Zach LaVine followed him with 19 points, game-high seven assists, and four boards, while Coby White had 18 points and four dimes.
NBA Pick – Miami Heat (-133)
NBA Spread – Miami heat -2.5 (-110)
Total Points Pick – Under 220.5 (-110)
Orlando Magic @ San Antonio Spurs – 9PM ET
The Orlando Magic are in jeopardy of ending the season in the last place in the East as they have just three wins more than the bottom-placed Detroit Pistons. Orlando lost six games in a row, including the latest one to the in-state rivals Miami Heat, and dropped to a 13-24 record.
As usual, Nikola Vucevic led the magic in a 111-103 defeat with a double-double of 24 points and game-high 17 rebounds. Dwayne Bacon scored a season-high 21 points, while Michael Carter-Williams added 17 points, seven assists, and four boards.
Back at it tomorrow in San Antonio. pic.twitter.com/YccPMdcQ0s
— Orlando Magic (@OrlandoMagic) March 12, 2021
The San Antonio Spurs are still in a solid position to make the playoffs this year despite losing the last two games. They are currently sitting at an 18-15 record.
DeMar DeRozan led the Spurs in a 115-104 loss to the Dallas Mavericks with a double-double of 30 points and 11 assists, along with a game-high four steals. Patty Mills scored 14, while Rudy Gay chipped in with 13 points, nine rebounds, and three thefts.
NBA Pick – Orlando Magic (+260)
NBA Spread – Orlando Magic +7.5 (-110)
Total Points Pick – Under 219.5 (-110)
Houston Rockets @ Utah Jazz – 10PM ET
The Houston Rockets continued with a terrible form as they suffered the 14th consecutive loss in a 125-105 defeat to the Sacramento Kings. Victor Oladipo led Houston with 23 points, nine assists, and four rebounds.
Eric Gordon and Jae’Sean Tate combined for 33 points, while Kevin Porter Jr. posted a double-double of 13 points and game-high ten dimes, along with five boards and three thefts on his debut for the Rockets.
Donovan Mitchell led them in that overtime loss to the Sixers with 33 points, eight rebounds, and six assists. Bojan Bogdanovic and Mike Conley scored 18 apiece, while Joe Ingles had 16 points and six boards.
NBA Pick – Utah Jazz (-1250)
NBA Spread – Utah Jazz -14 (-110)
Total Points Pick – Under 225.5 (-110)
Indiana Pacers @ Los Angeles Lakers – 10:30PM ET
The Indiana Pacers snapped a four-game losing skid with a narrow win over the Cleveland Cavaliers, but returned to losing ways against the Denver Nuggets.
Myles Turner led the Pacers in a 113-103 defeat with a double-double of 22 points and game-high 12 rebounds, along with game-high three blocks. Dylan McDermott added 20 points, four boards, and three steals, while Domantas Sabonis recorded a triple-double of ten points, ten rebounds, and ten assists, along with a game-high four thefts.
Second half starts tomorrow 👑 pic.twitter.com/lMjIyHwVYP
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) March 12, 2021
The Los Angeles Lakers continue to struggle without Anthony Davis as they hit the All-Star break with two losses in a row. The reigning champions dropped to a 24-13 record, which is a bit concerning.
Dennis Schroder led the team in a 123-120 defeat to the Sacramento Kings with 28 points and game-high nine assists. Montrezl Harrell posted a double-double of 26 points and 12 rebounds, while Kyle Kuzma also recorded a double-double of 25 points and game-high 13 boards.
NBA Pick – Los Angeles Lakers (-179)
NBA Spread – Indiana Pacers +4.5 (-110)
Total Points Pick – Under 217.5 (-110)
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*Odds and spreads correct at time of publication, courtesy of Bet365.