NBA Picks: Friday Betting Odds Report

Friday, March 14, 2014 2:50 PM UTC

Friday, Mar. 14, 2014 2:50 PM UTC

Eager to start off your weekend in the right way? Check out which way our handicappers are leaning with their NBA picks for Friday night.
<p style="text-align:center"> <style type="text/css"><!-- td {border: 1px solid #ccc;}br {mso-data-placement:same-cell;} --></style> <span style="font-size:13px;font-family:arial,sans,sans-serif;color:#000000;text-align:left"></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">We've got some huge chalk on the board, with the Spurs (-17 vs. Los Angeles), Pacers (-16.5 at Philadelphia), Heat (-10.5 vs. Denver), Warriors (-9.5 vs. Cleveland) and Clippers (-9 at Utah) all trading as big-time favorites <a target="_blank" title="Live NBA lines &amp; scores for all the action" href="/nba-basketball/odds-scores/">on the NBA odds board</a>.</span></p> <p>Read on below for our top picks of the night.</p> <p><b><a target="_blank" title="NBA Picks: Pacers vs. 76ers" href="/nba-basketball/free-picks/pick-pacers-16-5-cover-vs-76ers-a-38098/">Indiana Pacers vs. Philadelphia 76ers</a><i></i></b></p> <p><b><i>Covered by Jason Lake</i></b></p> <p>The losing streak is now at 18 games for the 76ers, yet they still don't have the worst record in the NBA. That title belongs to Milwaukee.</p> <p>It could get really ugly tonight against a Pacers team that's made no secret of their desire to finish as the top seed in the Eastern Conference. Jason expects a walk in the park for Indiana and has no qualms about laying such a high number.</p> <p><b>Pick: </b>Pacers -16.5<b><i></i></b></p> <p>[gameodds]5/258526/?r-1=43-19-349/us[/gameodds]</p> <p><b><a target="_blank" title="NBA Picks: Suns vs. Celtics" href="/nba-basketball/free-picks/adds-over-nba-picks-suns-vs-celtics-a-38111/">Phoenix Suns vs. Boston Celtics</a><i></i></b></p> <p><b><i>Covered by Jordan Sharp</i></b></p> <p>The Suns have fallen off dramatically, losing three straight and seven of ten to fall out of the top eight in the Western Conference. They've been overtaken by both Memphis and Dallas.</p> <p>A win is therefore of the utmost important in Boston tonight, with <a target="_blank" title="Will you bet a Celtics cover?" href="">the Celtics also ready</a> to end a losing streak of their own (two games). The Celtics get Rajon Rondo back in the starting five tonight, but will that make a difference for Jordan? He'll have his favorite NBA pick available for viewing shortly.</p> <p><b>Pick:<i> </i></b>Over 208</p> <p>[gameodds]5/258528/?r-1=43-19-349/us[/gameodds]</p> <p><b><a target="_blank" title="NBA Picks: Nuggets vs. Heat" href="/nba-basketball/free-picks/nba-picks-nuggets-vs-heat-go-over-total-a-38100/">Denver Nuggets vs. Miami Heat</a><i></i></b></p> <p><b><i>Covered by Jordan Sharp</i></b></p> <p>The Heat will be heavy favorites for tonight's game against the Nuggets. Miami takes a 25-5 SU home record into this one, with Denver at a very poor 12-20 SU on the road.</p> <p>It's been no surprise to see the Nuggets improve their offensive efficiency since the return of Ty Lawson, but the elevated play of Kenneth Faried has kind of come out of nowhere. Jordan thinks we'll see a shootout in South Beach tonight and is on the OVER.</p> <p><b>Pick: </b>OVER 214<b></b></p> <p>[gameodds]5/258529/?r-1=43-19-349/us[/gameodds]</p> <p><b><a target="_blank" title="NBA Picks: Lakers vs. Spurs" href="/nba-basketball/free-picks/bet-lakers-17-vs-spurs-nba-picks-a-38106/">Los Angeles Lakers vs. San Antonio Spurs</a><i></i></b></p> <p><b><i>Covered by Ron Patrick</i></b></p> <p>One night after getting completely destroyed by Kevin Durant and the Thunder last night, the Lakers next face off against a Spurs team that's won eight games in a row. San Antonio is a humungous double-digit favorite in the NBA odds.</p> <p>Ron has looked over the different angles and statistics and actually thinks Los Angeles can cover this massive number. He's on the road dogs to cash.</p> <p><b>Pick:<i> </i></b>Lakers +17<b><i></i></b></p> <p>[gameodds]5/258531/?r-1=43-19-349/us[/gameodds]</p> <p><b><a target="_blank" title="NBA Picks: Clippers vs. Jazz" href="/nba-basketball/free-picks/play-total-clippers-vs-jazz-a-38101/">Los Angeles Clippers vs. Utah Jazz</a><i></i></b></p> <p><b><i>Covered by Jordan Sharp</i></b></p> <p>The Clippers are simply on fire, having won nine consecutive games ahead of this visit to Salt Lake City. Utah meanwhile has dropped two straight and is just 3-7 straight up over their previous 10 matchups.</p> <p>Where should we go with <a target="_blank" title="Take a look at our Friday Picks of the Day" href="/nba-basketball/free-picks/nba-picks-friday-picks-the-day-a-38097/">our NBA picks tonight</a>? Jordan likes the look of another total play and will once again take the OVER in Utah.</p> <p><b>Pick:<i> </i></b>OVER 205.5<b><i></i></b></p> <p>[gameodds]5/258532/?r-1=43-19-349/us[/gameodds]</p> <p><b>Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Golden State Warriors<i></i></b></p> <p><b><i>Covered by Joe Catalano</i></b></p> <p>Still not completely out of the playoff race, the Cavaliers are within striking distance of the final seed, currently occupied by Atlanta. The Cavaliers have struggled recently though, going 3-7 over their last 10.</p> <p>It only gets tougher tonight at Oracle Arena, especially with Golden State knowing how important each and every win at this point in the season. Check back in a bit to see which play Joe likes most.</p> <p><b>Pick: </b>Cavaliers +9.5</p> <p>[gameodds]5/258533/?r-1=43-19-349/us[/gameodds]</p>
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