With all eyes on start of the 2015 iteration of the NCAA’s March Madness, it may be easy to overlook how to win a fistful of cash on a couple of smart NBA bets. Here are a few games I believe you can win big on this week.
— NBA.com (@NBAcom) March 16, 2015
A Closer Look At My NBA Easy Betting Picks For The Week Of March 16-22
Atlanta at Golden State
Atlanta beat Golden State 124 to 116 the last time that these two teams met, but is there a chink in the unbeatable Hawks’ armor? Not counting Atlanta’s Sunday game versus the Lakers and Monday game versus Sacramento, the Hawks have lost 2 out of their last 4 contests including dropping road games to Philadelphia and Denver.
— NBA.com (@NBAcom) March 13, 2015
The Golden State game will be Atlanta’s fifth straight road game. That’s not a good sign for Hawk backers because Golden State is an exceptional 29 and 2 at home straight up and 21-9-1 ATS in Oakland not counting a March 16 battle against the Lakers.
New Orleans at Phoenix
New Orleans beat Phoenix 110 to 106 in the last matchup between these two. Anthony Davis was unstoppable with 19 points and 18 boards.
Phoenix’s team has changed a lot, but unless Brandon Knight plays, he didn’t suit up versus the Knicks on Sunday and will be questionable for this Thursday night contest, Phoenix could be in more trouble in this game than they were in the last matchup. That’s how good Davis has become. He should be able to dominate Phoenix again unless he’s injured.
Memphis at Dallas
The Grizzlies are only 16 and 18 against the spread on the road not counting the March 17 game versus the Detroit Pistons. It may not matter in this matchup since Memphis’s defense, which allows only 95.5 points per game, should be plenty good enough to stop Dallas.
The Mavericks battle Oklahoma City and Orlando before the Friday night contest versus Memphis. They’ve reverted to outscoring teams again like when they put up 127 in a 127 to 99 win over the Clippers. Dallas is going to find it very difficult to reach 100 against Memphis, which means that they’re in danger of losing to the Grizzlies straight up at home on Friday.
San Antonio at Atlanta
The Spurs failed versus one top Eastern Conference power in Cleveland when losing 125 to 128 in overtime on March 12. On March 22 they battle Atlanta, the top team in the East. How will San Antonio do against the younger Hawks on the road?
— Baxter Holmes (@BaxterHolmes) March 16, 2015
That question is up in the air because even though San Antonio is beating teams, they are winning by outscoring their competition. Atlanta shoots 38.6% from the three-point line and 46.7% from the field. San Antonio shoots at a lower percentage from both the field and the three-point line. This is going to be a good test as to whether or not the Spurs are official contenders for the NBA Championship this season.