NBA Betting Tips 2020
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Written 9th March 2020
UPDATE: All NBA games have been suspended until further notice, as of March 12th.
5 Buzzer Beating Betting Tips - NBA Week Twenty: Monday 9th March - Monday 16th March
Four out of five accurate NBA betting tips last week was great, but it still wasn’t perfect, and we blame Orlando Magic and Miami Heat for being too entertaining in their 116-113 matchup. 21.co.uk’s resident basketball tipster aims for five from five this time around, and turns their attention to several clashes that can shake up the playoff picture a little bit. Reigning NBA champions Toronto Raptors travel to Utah Jazz, who haven’t given up the fight for a top two finish in the Western Conference, before Memphis Grizzlies host Orlando Magic, with both desperately trying to cling on to 8th place. Dallas Mavericks and Denver Nuggets meet in the west, while the out-of-form Milwaukee Bucks take on Boston Celtics in the East. Finally, the high-flying LA Clippers welcome the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday morning, and we have selected basketball betting tips for each.
Toronto Raptors @ Utah Jazz, Tuesday 10th March, 01:00 GMT
Utah Jazz haven’t finished in the top four of the Western Conference since 2008, and while nothing is sewn up quite yet, they do have an edge over some of their competitors. Chiefly, momentum is fully in their favour, having registered five wins in a row including a run of four on the road most recently. Prior to this sequence though, they had lost four in a row at the Vivint Smart Home Arena, so they won’t be taking the reigning NBA champions lightly here. But back to the positives, and a win over Boston Celtics two games ago was the pick of the bunch, as the Jazz showed defensive responsibility and ruthless offensive efficiency to win by five points at TD Garden. If they can put on a similar display, they’ll be in serious consideration to upend Denver Nuggets and keep Oklahoma City Thunder at bay. Whatever happens, it should be an exciting game.
Toronto Raptors have clinched their place in the Eastern Conference playoffs, but they can’t afford to take their foot off the gas for a single second, given that either Brooklyn Nets or Orlando Magic would likely be their first round opposition if they grabbed a top two finish. They’re up against a Utah Jazz side that lead them 27-19 in overall meetings, but whom they’ve bested in seven of the most recent eight, including a 20 point win at the Scotiabank Arena at the start of December. An away game is always a different animal though, but the fact that they’ve won three in a row ahead of this is a massive boost to the morale of the entire Raptors roster, and Nick Nurse will be hopeful that the likes of Norman Powell, Kyle Lowry, Pascal Siakam, and Serge Ibaka continue their impressive recent form. We’re backing a high-scorer, but will remain firmly on this fence.
Orlando Magic @ Memphis Grizzlies, Wednesday 11th March, 00:00 GMT
Very early on this season, Orlando Magic smeared Memphis Grizzlies all over the Amway Center court, as they won by a 32 point margin, 118-86. The coup de grace was a 34-8 final quarter, in which the away side looked void of ideas, urgency, and morale. Jump forward four months though, and you find the Grizzlies have regrouped, recharged, and revived their efforts to make the Western Conference playoffs after a two year absence. 8th place would be a huge success for them, but they’re at a significant fork in the road of their season. With eighteen games remaining, nine wins would be enough to consolidate their 50% win record, and possibly 8th place, but that would be reliant on neither New Orleans Pelicans, Sacramento Kings, or Portland Trail Blazers having a resurgence, which seems unlikely. So now would be the perfect time to turn the FedExForum into a fortress.
Orlando Magic’s two most recent wins - 132-118 at Minnesota Timberwolves, and 126-106 at Houston Rockets - have been hugely important for two reasons. Firstly, they have kept them within touching distance of Brooklyn Nets in the Eastern Conference, and more importantly they’re a fair few wins clear of Washington Wizards in the battle to make the playoffs. The former is notable, because a 7th placed finish would seemingly avoid a matchup with Milwaukee Bucks in the first round, and this is a duel likely to continue right until the very end of the season. The Magic may have to contend with the absence of Evan Fournier for a while, following an elbow injury, but the last time he was missing they pulled off a magnificent win against LA Lakers at the Staples Center. A win in Tennessee wouldn’t be as impressive, but in terms of how crucial it would be, it can’t be overstated.
Denver Nuggets @ Dallas Mavericks, Thursday 12th March, 00:00 GMT
Dallas Mavericks’ four year wait for post-season action could well be at an end, although they’ll be taking nothing for granted in their remaining seventeen games, particularly against an impressive Nuggets team. Realistically though, the Mavericks won’t be usurped by any side below them, let alone two, and now it’s a case of trying to position themselves as best they can for the playoff seeding. They’re certainly not out of contention for a top four spot either, as they have only won two games fewer than Utah Jazz, but they’ll need to find some consistency soon, having not won more than two in a row since the middle of January. A trip to struggling San Antonio Spurs before this fixture could get them back in good spirits, as could a home clash with Phoenix Suns after, so the Mavericks are well positioned to give their all in this particular contest.
After a home win against Toronto Raptors, Denver Nuggets looked to be on course for a great start to March, but it’s incredible what losses to Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers can do - two sides who were (at the time of the fixtures) bottom of their respective Conferences. As a result, the Nuggets need to dig deep for a run of five games that see them come up against three of the top four sides in the NBA, in the form of Milwaukee Bucks, LA Lakers, and LA Clippers. Those huge matches mean that against “smaller” sides, they can’t afford to slip up, although with defensive frailties already exposed, that could be tricky. The Nuggets are essentially in an identity crisis, and at a time when other sides are beginning to physically and mentally prepare themselves for the onslaught of the playoffs, it’s a worrying place to be in. We can see the Mavericks coming out on top here.
Boston Celtics @ Milwaukee Bucks, Friday 13th March, 00:00 GMT
For large portions of this season, Milwaukee Bucks have looked virtually indestructible, and as March began they’d suffered only eight losses from 59 games. A win at Charlotte Hornets looked like that outstanding form would continue indefinitely, and even a heavy loss at Miami Heat looked to be a mere blip when they then swept Indiana Pacers aside two days later. The same could be said for a ten point reverse at LA Lakers, given that they sit top of the Western Conference, but something that cannot be overlooked is the nine point loss at Phoenix Suns. Even without the injured Giannis Antetokounmpo, it should not have even been a possibility that the Bucks would fall to defeat, especially when Khris Middleton posted 39 points. The chance to post a joint-third best ever win percentage across an entire NBA season now looks unlikely, and the Celtics could all but ensure that quest is failed.
Boston Celtics are only three wins behind Toronto Raptors, although they’re also in less than impressive form, with just one win across their last five games. That said, by winning in Cleveland, they’ve now taken their tally of away victories to four in five, so perhaps getting away from TD Garden is a help rather than a hindrance at the moment. What’s clear is that the Celtics are unlikely to relinquish a top four berth in the Eastern Conference, particularly if they see off Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse before they arrive in Wisconsin, as Miami Heat act as a buffer between the two. If Jayson Tatum can rediscover his best form, then the Celtics are also likely to get back on track, such is the correlation between the two factors. If he puts on a display in Indianapolis then you can’t write them off completely, although we’re doing almost-precisely that.
Brooklyn Nets @ LA Clippers, Saturday 14th March, 02:30 GMT
LA Clippers had only qualified for the playoffs on four occasions between 1985 and 2011, but since 2012 they’ve made it there seven times. It’s looking all but certain that they’ll be there for an eighth time, barring some sort of implosion or the entire roster suffering a series of unprecedented misfortunes. A loss to their neighbours, the Lakers, over the weekend has all but scuppered their hopes to have a late push for the Western Conference summit, but a top two finish for the first time in the franchise’s history is achievable. To do so, the Clippers will have to hold off the likes of Denver Nuggets, Utah Jazz, and Oklahoma City Thunder, but to their credit they beat two of those during the six game winning run that preceded the loss to the Lakers. A trip to the resurgent Golden State Warriors comes before this, but they’re likely to find the win.
Brooklyn Nets look as though they’ve put the bleak end to February firmly behind them, as they’ve taken three wins from four games so far in March. That said, four in a row on the road now await them, and matches away from the Barclays Center have largely been their problem in recent weeks. LA Lakers and Golden State Warriors come before this one, and both are difficult, the latter being so due to Steph Curry’s return from injury. It seems improbable that the Nets would miss out on the playoffs from this position, but as previously discussed, it’s not only that which they have to consider, as finishing 7th could well pay dividends in terms of their first round opposition. They may be full of excuses, such as the injuries to Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, but the Nets need to stop turning to those and address the issues at both ends of the court.
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