The NBA playoffs are on the horizon. I have a trio of NBA games you need to bet on to boost your sports betting bankroll before the post-season.
Top NBA Games Feb 25 – March 3
Portland Trailblazers at Boston Celtics
When: Wednesday, Feb. 27 at 8:00 pm ET
Where: TD Garden, Boston, MA
Analysis: The Portland Trailblazers should get a lot of points when they travel to Boston to take on the Celtics on Wednesday, Feb. 27. Portland heads into the week having gone 3-0 both straight up and against the spread. The Trailblazers are losing, but okay, 12-15 ATS in road games this season.
Boston heads into the week off an embarrassing 116-126 loss to lowly Chicago. The Celtics battled Milwaukee tough on Saturday on the road, 97-98, but when they’ve dominated it’s been at the TD Garden. Boston is 19-12 ATS at home.
The last time the Celtics played Portland, they lost 94-100, though. The Trailblazers are hot. They can pull off the upset on the moneyline. Taking the points makes the most sense.
Pick: Portland Trailblazers
Milwaukee Bucks at L.A. Lakers
When: Friday, March 1 at 10:30 pm ET
Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA
Analysis: Milwaukee continues to win basketball games. The Bucks are an awesome 23-4 SU in their last 27. The team’s much more than just the Greek Freak. They beat their opponents in multiple ways and rank eighth in points allowed per game, and first in field goal percentage allowed.
They also rank first in offensive rebounds. The Bucks are a fantastic 17-10-2 ATS in their road games this season while the Lakers are 11-16-2 ATS at home. Because LeBron should play, the Bucks might either be a small spread favorite, or a +1 to +1.5 dog. Either way, they dominate the Lakers on Friday.
Pick: Milwaukee Bucks
Golden State Warriors at Philadelphia 76ers
When: Saturday, March 2 at 8:30 pm ET
Where: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA
Analysis: Saturday’s ABC prime time matchup has Golden State traveling to Philadelphia to take on the 76ers. This matchup won’t be without star power, that’s for sure!
Philadelphia is only 2-2 SU in their last 4 games. The reason is that the 76ers have put Joel Embiid on the bench due to knee soreness. Embiid is scheduled to return in early March, though, which means there’s a chance he plays on Saturday.
Even if he doesn’t play, Golden State’s a tough team to back against the spread. The Warriors have a reputation for dominating their opponents, which is why they’re almost always overplayed.
If Embiid doesn’t play, Golden State goes off a big favorite. If Embiid does play, Golden State goes off a small favorite. Because Philadelphia should win straight up with or without Embiid, they’re also the team to back against the spread.
Pick: Philadelphia 76ers