NBA Picks,Clippers,Suns,NBA Odds
3/18/2012 12:00:00 AM
There are eight games on the NBA odds
on Sunday, and hare are two plays that have the best chance to fatten the bankroll.
Just like there are eight NCAA basketball games today, there are eight games for bettors to add to their NBA picks. The Association has multiple value games to choose from today, and below are just a few that I really like against the NBA odds.
Detroit Pistons vs Los Angeles Clippers
Once again I say to thee, do you really trust the Clippers to win big? Yes, it’s possible, but I’ve said it 1000 times this season and I’ll say it again, the Clippers are overrated. The public overrates them, and they are overrated by the sportsbooks. The Clippers opened up as -7 ½ favorites in this spot and have seen just over 53% of the public’s money.
The Clippers have won by double figures only ten times this season and most of those were against very bad teams. Even though the Pistons are a bad team, they are not basement bad like the Bobcats and Wizards. The Clippers are only 22-20 ATS this season and are only 11-11 ATS when playing at the Staples Center.
The Pistons aren’t that much better on the road, but they have been playing better lately, winning three of their last five games and covering in those three as well. Even though they don’t play one another very often, the Clippers are 1-7 SU in their last eight games against Detroit at home, and 2-4 ATS in their last six home games against Detroit. Take the points with the road dogs. This game will not be a blowout.
My Pick: Pistons +7½
Houston Rockets vs Phoenix Suns
Before the All Star Break, these two teams were heading in opposite directions. They still are, but their roles have been reversed. The Rockets were the 6th seed in the West at the half way point, and the Suns were on the outside looking in. Since then, the Rockets are 4-7 SU and have almost fallen out of the playoff hunt. To top that off, they will potentially be down three starters tonight with different injuries. Kevin Martin is hurt (although there is a possibility he will make his return tonight), their start point guard, Kyle Lowry will be out for the near future, and rookie Chandler Parsons has the flu.
The Suns on the other hand have worked their way back to being a .500 team with a SU record of 22-22. Since the All Star Break, Phoenix has gone 8-2 SU and has been playing the Suns basketball of old. Steve Nash isn’t scoring 20 points a night, but he is still getting double digit assists every game and Marcin Gortat has morphed into one of the game’s best centers. They also have incredible depth for an NBA team. They utilize a solid ten, and sometimes even eleven man rotation. As you can imagine, this can wear down teams with short benches, (the Rockets only use 8-9 guys when fully healthy).
If you can see where I’m going with this, give yourself a pat on the back. You are master of the obvious. If not, I like the Suns laying points at home in this spot. Phoenix is a very deep team, and even though I like the Rockets, their struggles to play defense recently have been too much to overlook. The Suns on the other hand have moved to just a game and a half back of the 8th seed for the playoffs. Guess who is holding onto that 8th spot for dear life. You guessed it, the Rockets. The Suns will be dying to make a statement here, and I see them winning by double figures. Lay the points and add them to your NBA basketball picks for Sunday.
My Pick: Suns -6