Monday, March 20th Picks of the Day

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Monday, March 20, 2017 4:25 PM GMT

Our handicapper is heating up as the weather starts to warm up and tonight with no NCAA Tournament games on, the NBA is king. Check out where our handicapper is putting the money tonight!

  

Washington Wizards vs. Boston Celtics

 

The Celtics are coming off a back-to-back last night against the Sixers and they are in the midst of a three game in four nights stretch tonight against the Wizards. However, they might get back Isaiah Thomas tonight, who sat out the last two games officially due to knee swelling, but it was also conveniently on a three game in four nights stretch and against two of the worst teams in the NBA.

I think Thomas comes back tonight. While that has yet to become official, he has been playing heavy minutes this season and has been an MVP candidate, so it makes sense to rest him during this stretch if you’re the C’s.

Tonight, however, against a rested Wizards team, I think Thomas makes his return. This could be a potential playoff matchup in which the Wizards might be underdogs, but at home tonight I think the Celtics bring back their star player.

However, even if he is injured and can’t play tonight, the over still looks like a fine play. Having Thomas would obviously help that, but with Boston coming off a back to back, they have been very good at cashing the over. Boston is 8-5-2 cashing the over when playing on no rest this season and with the Wizards coming in with two nights off prior, I like them to push the pace and make this a high scoring game.

 

Free NBA Pick: Over 214½ 

Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes

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Golden State Warriors vs Oklahoma City Thunder

 

A story broke yesterday about how the Warriors are mad at the Thunder for how they treated their snowflake swingman on his return to the city that he just got through bending over during the summer. Whether or not the Thunder organization should have done more to ease the tension of Durant’s return, it’s a non-story considering Durant isn’t play tonight.

However, these two teams already don’t like each other and they are both going to be playing this game like they don’t. Their first three meetings have all been blowouts in favor of the Warriors and while they don’t have Durant this time around, that means the total is where we need t go in this one.

At 222 ½, the under is a fine value tonight for several reasons. The hostility between the two teams is one, but their defenses are an even better reason. Both teams are two of the top 10 defenses in the league and combined with the hostility of the building tonight and the fact that the Warriors have cashed the under at 25-11 on the road, take the under tonight as your NBA pick.

 

Free NBA Pick: Under 222½ 

Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle

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