Six sure-fire playoff participants will be hooking up in three intriguing matchups over the course of the coming week with each ballclub looking to perform at a high level with the start of the playoffs right around the corner. If you’re looking for some NBA betting value this coming week, then look no further. I’ve got you covered right here!
NBA Expert Picks March 12-18
Washington Wizards (37-28) at Boston Celtics (46-20)
When: Wed. Mar 14, 2018 8:00 PM
Where: TD Garden, Boston, MA
Analysis: The Wizards snapped a three-game losing streak by beating Miami 117-113 on Tuesday night prior to their Friday night matchup against New Orleans. Bradley Beal scored a game-high 30 points to lead the Wiz to the win while Tomas Satoransky added 19 points and seven assists. Boston looked fantastic in their 117-109 road win over Minnesota on Thursday night as Kyrie Irving scored a team-high 23 points and dished out eight assists while veteran center Al Horford added 20 points and eight rebounds.
There’s only one team that plays any defense in this matchup and it sure ain’t Washington. The C’s rank second in points allowed and Washington isn’t nearly as explosive as they would be without John Wall in the lineup. Boston beat Washington in overtime 110-104 on Feb. 8 and I like the C’s to record a virtually identical win in this contest
Pick: Boston 110 Washington 104
Cleveland Cavaliers (38-26) at Portland Trail Blazers (39-26)
When: Thu. Mar 15, 2018 7:00 PM
Where: Moda Center, Portland, OR
TV: FSOH, CSNN
Analysis: LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers won two straight heading into their Friday night matchup against the Clippers, but they also lost their two previous games. Cleveland won at home against Detroit on Monday night 112-90 and then got past Denver in a hard-fought battle 113-108 on Wednesday as James put up 39 points, 10 assists and 8 rebounds to come up just shy of a triple-double. Cleveland did lose two straight prior to their modest winning streak.
Portland has won eight straight and nine of their last 10 including a 111-87 win over New York on Tuesday. For this Inter-Conference clash, I am betting on Rip City to get the big home win behind their all-star backcourt of Damian Lillard and CJ McColum. The Cavs aren’t exactly setting the league on fire and I just don’t see how they can really go all-out knowing that LeBron James is leaving this summer.
Pick: Blazers 107 Cavaliers 101
Houston Rockets at Minnesota Timberwolves
When: Sun. Mar 18, 2018 6:00 PM
Where: Target Center, Minneapolis, MN
TV: NBA TV
Analysis: James Harden and the Houston Rockets are the hottest team in the league, having won 17 straight games while Minnesota has lost three straight including a 117-109 home loss to Boston on Thursday. The Timberwolves are struggling badly without Jimmy Butler while Houston has shooters everywhere and can pretty much do no wrong. Despite being on the road, Houston will win and win big!
Pick: Houston 121 Minnesota 108