NBA and NHL Bets! March 4th Degeneracy

Max’s Notes:

NBA

Celtics at Cavs

The Celtics are coming off a meltdown of a loss that saw them blow a lead and lose in OT after Caris Lavert torched them for 51 last night. Marcus Smart also fouled out and went after a referee. Now they have to turn around and head to Cleveland to play the Cavs. The Cavs lost 3 in a row including consecutive home games but face a Boston team who will be without Kemba and possibly missing all of their starters. I’ll lean Boston here. Too many question marks.

Thunder at Pistons 

OKC lost at home last night but double digits. It’s their second double digit loss on a row. Now they head to Detroit in their back to back to play a Pistons team that has only 2 wins in their last 10. And they will be without leading scorer Derek Rose. OKC is 17-12 on the road and should bounce back for a win. I just think this line is a bit close. I’ll lean the Thunder.

Pacers at Bucks

The Bucks look to shake off that big loss against Miami and head home to host a Pacers team that has won 4 straight. Oladipo is questionable tonight and the Bucks will be without Korver again. Milwaukee is 27-3 at home but the Pacers are a decent road team. I’ll only lean Milwaukee here.

Magic at Heat

The Heat showed up against the Bucks and now host another home game with their instate cohorts in town. Orlando has lost 2 in a row after it looked like they were turning a corner for a playoff run. Miami has now won 3 straight after looking pretty mediocre for a few weeks. The Heat are 26-4 at home and Orlando is only 11-19 on the road. Another line that looks spot on. I’ll lean the Heat here.

Grizzlies at Nets

The Nets got that big win last night over the Celtics but have no time to rest as Ja Morant and the Grizzlies are in town. Memphis’ defense has looked great in their last 2 wins and they hope to take advantage of a weary Nets team. The Grizzlies are sub .500 on the road but I think they can get the straight up win today. I’ll still take points and bet Memphis.

Jazz at Knicks

The Knicks are still dealing with the blowback of the Spike Lee incident. For those of you who don’t know who he is, he directed BlacKkKlansman in 2018 in which he was nominated for best director and best picture while winning best adapted screenplay. Oh yeah, he also had crucially acclaimed Chi-Raq in 2015, Inside Man in 2006 and 25th Hour in 2002 – showing his relevance over the last 20 years. Anyway, looks like he won’t be court-side tonight for the Knicks as he’s done going to games this year. New York got that surprise win over the Rockets on Monday and now have won 2 in a row. The Jazz have also won 2 in a row to recover from a losing streak they were mired in. The Jazz are decent on the road and should get the win, but I’ll lean New York here with the points.

Bulls at Timberwolves 

Two teams that have mastered ineptitude this season. They join the Sixers as teams spurned by Jimmy Butler and now they face off in what will surely be an epic matchup of who can score the least points. The Bulls are playing without Lavine and Markkanen but still got a win on Monday against Dallas. The Timberwolves got a big win last night over the Pelicans and see if they can go for two in a row. They have only done that 4 times this season and haven’t done so in 2 months. I’ll lean the Bulls here.

Pelicans at Mavs 

Both teams will be trying to shake off losses to sub .500 teams with both teams playing their third game in 4 nights. The Mavs get the luxury of being home after being on a 4 game road trip but that’s not necessarily a good thing. Dallas is only 16-14 straight up and 12-17-1 against the spread at home this year. Zion is listed as probable but be interesting to see if he gets rest on the second night of a back to back. I like Luka and the Mavs to show up tonight so I’ll bet Dallas here.

Wizards at Blazers

Damian Lillard has been upgraded to probable and should play tonight as the Blazers host the Bullets. Portland got a win in Orlando on Monday to cap a 3 game road trip and return home where they are 16-13. That drops to 11-17-1 ATS. They are playing a Bullets team that is 8-23 on the road but 14-15-2 ATS. I like them here getting the points and will bet Washington.

NHL

Flyers at Capitals 

The Flyers have won 6 straight and are jumping up in the playoff seeding in the East. They are only 3 points behind the Capitals who have cooled off a bit lately. They are coming off a win on Sunday in Minnesota. Washington is home where they are 18-9-5. Probably soon to see on good news with Philly but as a plus line here I love them as a value play. I’ll bet the Flyers.

Blue Jackets at Flames

Columbus got a win on Sunday but they have not looked right for a few weeks. They head to Calgary where the Flames are beatable. They are only 14-12-2 at home this season. Calgary has played decently lately though and should get the win. Just way too chalky. I’ll lean the Flames.

Ducks at Avalanche 

Colorado has won 7 in a row and doesn’t look like it will stop there. The Ducks have lost 2 in a row and are 12-18-4 on the road. I was tempted to bet this at Colorado-286. Throw them into a parlay for a quick check mark.

Coyotes at Canucks 

Vancouver has lost 3 in a row but all were on the road. They are 20-7-4 at home and welcome a Coyotes team that was destined for the playoffs a few months back but have faded badly. The line looks a bit trappy but I’ll still take Vancouver. Betting the Canucks