NBA Picks: Friday Betting Odds Report

Friday, March 21, 2014 2:56 PM UTC

Friday, Mar. 21, 2014 2:56 PM UTC

The NBA odds for Friday night have been out and we've already seen quite a bit of movement. As we gear up for a busy night of hoops, let's examine the sports betting lines while also dishing out all of our handicappers recommended NBA picks.
<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 great matchups on the board tonight, highlighted by a showdown between Indiana and Chicago.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">Who are the biggest favorites at the sportsbooks? There's only one double-digit line and that's the Knicks, who are laying 12 points to the 76ers. Other reasonably heavy chalk can be found with the Nets (-8.5 vs. Celtics), Suns (-8.5 vs. Pistons), Mavericks (-8 vs. Nuggets) and Spurs (-8 at Kings).</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">Let's move on to the report.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em"> </span><b style="font-size:1em"><br /><a target="_blank" title="NBA Picks: Bulls vs. Pacers" href="/nba-basketball/free-picks/bet-bulls-5-5-vs-pacers-a-38295/">Chicago Bulls vs. Indiana Pacers</a><br /></b><b style="font-size:1em"><i>Covered by Jason Lake<br /></i></b><span style="font-size:1em">The Pacers were beaten by the Knicks two nights ago, but now return home where they've been outstanding all season long. They're 31-4 SU in front of their own fans.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">It may not be too easy against Joakim Noah and the Bulls tonight, however. Chicago's playing well and with no shortage of confidence and hustle, and Jason sees them giving Indiana all they can handle. He's siding with a Chicago cover.</span></p> <p><b style="font-size:1em">Pick: </b><span style="font-size:1em">Bulls +5.5</span></p> <p>[gameodds]5/259364/?r-1=43-19-349/us[/gameodds]</p> <p><b><i> </i></b></p> <p><b><a target="_blank" title="NBA Picks: Knicks vs. 76ers" href="/nba-basketball/free-picks/pick-knicks-vs-76ers-over-a-38288/">New York Knicks vs. Philadelphia 76ers</a><br /></b><b style="font-size:1em"><i>Covered by Jordan Sharp<br /></i></b><span style="font-size:1em">Is it too little too late for the Knicks? They've put together a seven-game winning streak, yet they're not gaining much ground, with Atlanta having won five straight of their own. New York remains four games out of the eighth seed.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em"><a target="_blank" title="Share your top NBA picks with other bettors on our NBA betting forum" href="">A win, therefore, is crucial</a> in Philadelphia tonight. He's done his due diligence and Jordan believes we'll see the offenses taking over, leading to a cashed ticket for those on the OVER.</span></p> <p><b style="font-size:1em">Pick: </b><span style="font-size:1em">OVER 209.5</span></p> <p>[gameodds]5/259365/?r-1=43-19-349/us[/gameodds]</p> <p><b><i> </i></b></p> <p><b><a target="_blank" title="NBA Picks: Thunder vs. Raptors" href="/nba-basketball/free-picks/westbrook-thunder-cover-vs-raptors-a-38299/">Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Toronto Raptors</a><br /></b><b style="font-size:1em"><i>Covered by Jordan Sharp<br /></i></b><span style="font-size:1em">The Western Conference's second seed will do battle with the Eastern Conference's third seed tonight, with Oklahoma City favored by three points despite being on the road.</span><span style="font-size:1em"> </span></p> <p>The Thunder were without Russell Westbrook, but still managed to beat the Cavaliers in Cleveland last night. Westbrook should return tonight, paving the way for a star showdown at the point against Kyle Lowry. Jordan believes Oklahoma City is worthy of a selection with your <a target="_blank" title="Free NBA picks available daily" href="/nba-basketball/">NBA picks tonight</a>.</p> <p><b>Pick: </b>Thunder -3<b><i> </i></b></p> <p>[gameodds]5/259366/?r-1=43-19-349/us[/gameodds]</p> <p><b><i><br /></i></b></p> <p><b><a target="_blank" title="NBA Picks: Celtics vs. Nets" href="/nba-basketball/free-picks/sharps-boston-10-vs-nets-a-38289/">Boston Celtics vs. Brooklyn Nets</a><br /></b><b style="font-size:1em"><i>Covered by Ron Patrick<br /></i></b><span style="font-size:1em">Once again Paul Pierce will face off against his old team, but this time the Nets will be at home, where they've gone an excellent 22-11 SU on the season. Brooklyn's stellar recent play has them occupying the fifth seed, a far cry from earlier when they were dwelling under .500.</span></p> <p>As for the Celtics, they ended their losing streak in style with a win over a Heat team that was without LeBron James. After some deliberation, Ron has opted to bank on another good showing from Boston.</p> <p><b>Pick: </b>Celtics +10<b><i> </i></b></p> <p>[gameodds]5/259368/?r-1=43-19-349/us[/gameodds]</p> <p> </p> <p><b><a target="_blank" title="NBA Picks: Grizzlies vs. Heat" href="/nba-basketball/free-picks/betting-value-grizzlies-vs-heat-a-38304/">Memphis Grizzlies vs. Miami Heat</a><br /></b><b style="font-size:1em"><i>Covered by Jordan Sharp<br /></i></b><span style="font-size:1em">The Heat have gone a pedestrian 4-6 SU over their last 10, a poor run we're not used to seeing out of the two-time defending champions. You never know who's going to be rested, making it tough for NBA bettors to put their faith in Miami.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em"><a target="_blank" title="Live NBA odds for all the action" href="/betting-odds/nba-basketball/">Tonight's NBA odds</a> show the Heat favored by five points up against a Memphis team that's gone 8-2 SU over their last 10. Come back and see us shortly to see which way Jordan thinks we should go with our sports picks.</span><b style="font-size:1em"><i> </i></b></p> <p><b>Pick: </b>Grizzlies +6</p> <p>[gameodds]5/259369/?r-1=43-19-349/us[/gameodds]</p>
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