NBA Picks March 18-24

NBA Picks March 18-24

March Madness is here but that isn’t the only basketball you can cash in on. Use trio of NBA betting picks for the week of March 18th to the 24th.

NBA Picks March 18-24

Boston Celtics at Philadelphia 76ers
When: Wednesday, March 20 at 7:00 pm ET
Where: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA
TV: ESPN

Analysis: Two of the top teams in the Eastern Conference battle it out on Wednesday when Philadelphia hosts Boston. The 76ers head into the week off an awesome 130-125 moneyline win over the Bucks in Milwaukee on Sunday.

Philadelphia’s starting 5 of Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, JJ Reddick, Jimmy Butler, and Tobias Harris have finally gelled. Philly is 4-0 SU in their last 4 games. The only issue is that while they’re winning games straight up, the 76ers are losing against the spread.

Philadelphia is 2-4 ATS in their last 6. Boston beat Philly 112-109 in the last matchup, but the Celtics are only 1-3 ATS in their last 4 and 14-19-1 ATS in away games. Plus, Boston faces Western Conference power Denver on March 18 before this one. 76ers should cover.

Pick: Philadelphia 76ers

Oklahoma City Thunder at Toronto Raptors
When: Friday, March 22 at 7:30 pm ET
Where: Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, ON, CA
TV: NBA TV

Analysis: Toronto didn’t start the week that well after losing 107-110 straight up to the Detroit Pistons on Sunday. The Raptors should be ready to roll on Friday, though. Kyle Lowry will be 100% healthy and Serge Ibaka is able to play starting on Wednesday.

But, Toronto’s only 15-20 ATS at home. That’s an issue. Another issue is managing to contain both Russell Westbrook and Paul George, both of whom are dying to get back on track this week after a couple of losses to Indiana and Golden State. The Thunder might not win, but they should cover as a dog.

Pick: Oklahoma City Thunder

San Antonio Spurs at Boston Celtics
When: Sunday, March 24 at 7:30 pm ET
Where: TD Garden, Boston, MA
TV: NBA TV

Analysis: The San Antonio Spurs haven’t lost since Feb. 25 when Brooklyn beat them 101-85. Heading into the week, San Antonio’s on a fantastic 8-game winning streak.

Things could fall apart for the Spurs this week because they battle the Warriors, Heat, Rockets, and Celtics. Not only that, but 6 of the 8 games took place in San Antonio. Boston is 20-16 ATS at home. They should beat the Spurs straight and against the spread because, by the time San Antonio takes on the Celtics, they’ll be ready to head back to Texas.

Pick: Boston Celtics

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NHL Picks March 18-24

NHL Picks March 18-24

The start of March Madness points to the home stretch of the NHL regular season and for hockey fans I have a trio of NHL picks you can cash in on this week.

NHL Picks March 18-24

Tampa Bay Lightning at Washington Capitals
When: Wednesday, March 20 at 7:30 pm ET
Where: Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C.
TV: NBCSN

Analysis: The Tampa Bay Lightning battle defending Stanley Cup Champion Washington in what’s sure to be a slugfest on Wednesday. The Lightning have 114 points heading into the week and are clearly the best team in NHL.

Washington’s overtaken the New York Islanders in the Metropolitan Division, though. The Caps are 21-9-4-1 at home and head into the week having won 8-of-10. But, there are a few things that leads me to back Tampa.

The Lightning dominated Washington 6-3 in the last match. Not only that, Tampa is 25-7-2-0 in away games, have won 4 in a row and 6 out of 8, and only must face Arizona before the battle with Washington. The Lightning should win.

Pick: Tampa Bay Lightning

Winnipeg Jets at Vegas Golden Knights
When: Thursday, March 21 at 10:00 pm ET
Where: T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, NV
TV: ESPN+

Analysis: Vegas battles Central Division-leading Winnipeg on Thursday. If the Golden Knights are as hot this week as they were last week, forget it. They’ll beat Winnipeg by at least 2 goals.

However, that could be asking a lot. The Knights have gone 4-1 on the moneyline in their last 5 games. Although that means they’ll have a shot to win on March 21, they must battle 3 teams this week that they lost to in the last head-to-head matchups: Edmonton, San Jose, and Winnipeg.

Vegas is streaky. They could end up losing all 3 games. They most definitely should drop their battle against Winnipeg on Thursday.

Pick: Winnipeg Jets

Nashville Predators at Winnipeg Jets
When: Saturday, March 23 at 7:00 pm ET
Where: Bell MTS Place, Winnipeg, MB, CA
TV: ESPN+

Analysis: This might be the most important battle of the week. As of March 17, Nashville is a point behind Winnipeg in the Central Division. The Predators carry a 2-game win streak into March 18, but, man, the week is brutal.

Nashville faces Toronto and Pittsburgh before their Saturday match with Winnipeg. The Jets beat the Preds 5-3 in the last meeting while Nashville is only 19-14-3-1 on the road. Winnipeg should take this.

Pick: Winnipeg Jets

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2019 College Basketball National Title Odds & Picks

2019 College Basketball National Title Odds & Picks

The field is set. The National Title odds are out. The Blue Devils of Duke are the overall top pick in the tournament this year and the clear-cut betting favorite at +175 to win. Now let’s take a closer look at the college hoops National Title odds and top picks.

2019 College Basketball National Title Odds & Picks

2019 College Basketball National Title Favorite: Duke +175

The top overall seed laid down the law in the ACC Tournament. With already legendary Zion Williamson on the court, Duke beat North Carolina 74-73 before easily handling Florida State in the ACC Championship. The Blue Devils are a deserving 1-seed.

However, it might not be a great idea to back the chalk. Although the Blue Devils get a free pass in Round 1, they must face either North Carolina Central or North Dakota State, they could struggle some in Round 2 against either VCU or UCF. This is particularly true if they end up battling UCF.

The Knights are a good team that played in a deep American Athletic Conference. If Duke gets by UCF, they will most likely face rival Virginia Tech in the Sweet 16. VA Tech beat Duke this season.

Then, if Duke gets to the Elite Eight, they’ll most likely face the team that qualifies as the smart money play, Michigan State. The road to the Final Four is not easy for the overall 1-seed.

2019 College Basketball National Title Smart Pick: Michigan State +900

The Michigan State Spartans were down to rival Michigan in the Big Ten Championship with about 2 minutes left in the game. The Spartans picked themselves up to tie. Then, they dominated from then on out to win their sixth Big Ten Championship.

Coach Tom Izzo has a so-so history coaching in the NCAA Tournament. The 2019 NCAA Tournament should be different for the Spartans, though. The reason? While Izzo has had trouble getting his team to play their best in March, this time he’s got a never say die squad that got the bad games out of the way in late January and early February.

Michigan State has been on a roll since losing 3 straight earlier this year. Couple that with the fact that only one team in the nation will start point-guard Cassius Winston and suddenly we’ve got a viable smart wager to beat Duke, Virginia, Gonzaga, and North Carolina and win the NCAA Tournament.

2019 College Basketball National Title Longshot Pick: Wofford +15000

Wofford got a sweet draw. In Round 1 they battle Seton Hall, a team that doesn’t match up at all with them. In Round 2, the likely opponent is Kentucky, a squad made up of freshman. In the Sweet 16, they’re almost assuredly to take on Houston or Iowa State. Wofford could beat either one of those teams because they average 83 points while shooting 49.6% from the field and 41.2% from three. If the Terriers make the Elite Eight, who’s to say they don’t overwhelm a team like North Carolina or Kansas? Wofford allows 65.6 points per game. It’s not like they’re just running and gunning. So…

If you’re looking for a legit longshot with a chance, Wofford’s the team.