The NBA Playoffs is quickly approaching. It’s time for teams to buckle down, which means that, hopefully, I’ve found a few terrific NBA games on which to bet. The first game that I look at has the Chicago Bulls battling the Houston Rockets on Thursday, March 31. Both of these teams need to gather some momentum before the playoffs start. The second game takes place on April 1 when Cleveland travels to Atlanta. Who will be the fool when two of the top teams in the Eastern Conference battle it out? The final game I pick a winner in is Sunday’s feature between Oklahoma City and Houston.
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Analyzing My The NBA’s Best Bets March 28-April 6
Chicago Bulls at Houston Rockets
When: Thursday, March 31 at 7:00 pm ET
The Bulls start the week on a 3 game losing streak. Without Pau Gasol, Chicago has found life tough. After beating Utah, Brooklyn and Sacramento, Chicago lost twice to the New York Knicks and once to Orlando this past week. Chicago is 13 and 22 ATS in away games this season.
Houston hasn’t been much better than Chicago this season. The Rockets have no excuse because the only person that’s been out is Terrance Jones. Both Dwight Howard and James Harden have been healthy. Houston goes into this week having lost 4 out of their last 7. They take on Indiana on March 27 on the road before battling Cleveland on March 29.
It looks to me like Houston is prone to the upset on Thursday after having such a difficult time of it earlier in the week. I think Chicago gets a rare straight up road win on Thursday night.
Cleveland at Atlanta
When: Friday, April 1 at 8:00 pm ET
The last time that Atlanta faced LeBron and the Cavs, they lost 97 to 109. That game was way back in November of 2015. Atlanta has been hot lately. The Hawks have gone 16 and 4 straight up in their last 20 games. More important than the straight up record is the fact that the Hawks climbed to 1st in field goal percentage allowed at 43.3% per game. The Hawks allow an average 98.9 points per game. That ranks 6th in the NBA.
The Cavaliers are allowing opponents to shoot over 44% from the field against them. Opponents shoot close to 35% from the three-point line against them. Cleveland is 15-19-3 ATS on the road this season. Atlanta is 20 and 17 ATS at home. I expect the Hawks to win straight up and ATS.
Oklahoma City at Houston
When: Sunday, April 3 at 3:30 pm ET
The Oklahoma City Thunder is working on a 7 game win streak to start the week. The Thunder is averaging 117 points a game during the streak. Not only that, but Oklahoma City has gone 7 and 3 ATS in their last 10 games. Oklahoma City has beaten Boston 130 to 109 on the road, Houston 111 to 107 at home, and San Antonio 111 to 92 at home during the streak.
It’s tough to see Houston sticking with the Thunder in this battle. OKC has hit its stride while the Rockets continue to play average basketball. I’m on the Thunder to easily handle Houston on Sunday.
Pick: Oklahoma City