The NBA regular season heads into a new month with the playoffs inching closer. The weekend is here with a healthy schedule of matchups for your betting pleasure.
Listed below are featured picks, predictions and analysis for March 1st, 2019 from our expert handicappers.
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Washington Wizards @ Boston Celtics
Fri, Mar 1 ’19, 8:05 PM ET
The Boston Celtics are in desperate need of a win.They have lost four straight coming out of the All-Star Break against the likes of Milwaukee, Toronto, Portland and Chicago with three of those games on the road.
Now they face a team they can handle here in the Wizards, who are 1-4 SU & 1-3-1 ATS in their last four games overall and pretty much out of the playoff chase at this point at 11 games under .500.
The Wizards are 5-23 ATS in their last 28 road games against a team with a winning home record.
The Celtics are 35-16 ATS in their last 51 home games.
Boston is 10-1 ATS in its last 11 home meetings with Washington.
Pick: Celtics -8.5 (-109) at GTBets
Portland Trail Blazers @ Toronto Raptors
Fri, Mar 1 ’19, 8:05 PM ET
The Portland Trail Blazers travel to Toronto in search of a sixth straight win. This is a however a very tough spot for the visitors who will be playing their fifth straight on the road in a relatively short span and coming off a 97-92 upset win against a fatigued Celtics side in Beantown Wednesday night.
The Raptors had pulverized that same Boston team 118-95 here at Scotiabank Arena the previous night as they covered the spread for the first time in six contests.
Toronto is 4-1 ATS in its last five games following a straight up win of more than 10 points and I expect the home team to run away with this game.
Pick: Raptors -5 (-105) at YouWager
New Orleans Pelicans @ Phoenix Suns
Fri, Mar 1 ’19, 9:05 PM ET
Really like the Pelicans to go into Phoenix and make easy work of the Suns tonight. Phoenix snapped their franchise-worst 18-game losing streak with a 124-121 win at Miami on Monday and I just feel like they are getting too much respect here off that win. There’s a better chance the Suns go right back to their losing ways than build off that win.
They may also be without one of their best players, as Devin Booker is listed as questionable with a toe injury. With or without him on the floor, I like New Orleans to win here by 6 or more.
Pelicans have lost their last 2 games and are clearly not a playoff team, but I also think they are a bit undervalued because of the negative perceptions surrounding the minute restrictions for All-Pro Anthony Davis.
New Orleans covered the number in each of those two losses and are 4-1 ATS in their last 5.
I mentioned Suns haven’t played since Monday. That’s worth noting, as Phoenix is 1-10 ATS in their last 11 when playing on 3 or more days of rest.
They are also 8-20 ATS last 28 at hoem against a team with a losing home record and 0-6 ATS last 6 off a game where they covered the spread.
Pick: Pelicans -5 (-109) at GTBets
Los Angeles Clippers @ Sacramento Kings
Fri, Mar 1 ’19, 10:05 PM ET
My money is on the Kings to cash in an easy win and cover here as a small home favorite against the Clippers.
This is just too good a price to pass up on Sacramento at home against a subpar team like the Clippers. The reason we are getting a favorable number is the fact that the Kings are just 1-4 over their last 5 games. However, a closer look at the schedule and it’s easy to see why they have gone 1-4.
Kings are 9-2 in their last 11 home games with the only two losses coming to the Rockets and Bucks.
Sacramento has covered 10 of their last 11 off a SU loss and are 23-9 ATS last 32 at home.