NBA Picks: Sunday Picks of the Day

Joe Freda

Sunday, February 24, 2013 2:11 PM UTC

Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013 2:11 PM UTC

Sunday night’s NBA betting holds a pair of Eastern Conference matchups, with some big numbers being hung by oddsmakers.Which sides are worth backing as double-digit dogs try to cash against big ‘chalk?’

Sunday NBA Betting: Eastern Conference Picks

The Miami Heat host the Cleveland Cavaliers, while the Phaildelphia 76ers visit the New York Knicks.

Miami and Cleveland clash in the second night of back-to-back spots for both teams, with the Heat riding an 8-2 ATS mark in their present 10-game winning streak. New York and Philadelphia have been on colder runs, combining for a 2-9-1 spread record in their last six games each.

Cleveland Cavaliers at Miami Heat

Miami’s finished a four-game road trip with Saturday’s 114-90 victory over Philadelphia, collecting as an 8 ½-point favorite. Heat forward LeBron James came away with a triple double (16 points, 11 assists, and 10 rebounds), while mate Dwayne Wade hit 14-of-18 floor shots en route to 33 points.

Cleveland picked up a second straight win on the same night’s card, topping the Orlando Magic as five-point road ‘chalk’ in a 118-94 triumph. Seven members of the Cavaliers’ roster reached double figures, with mates Tristan Thompson and Kyrie Irving logging team-highs of 11 boards and nine assists, respectively.

Miami edged out Cleveland in November’s sole meeting between the foes, 110-108, with the Cavaliers getting the money as 15-point road dogs. Cleveland blew a 13-point lead, while allowing 52.2 percent field shooting from the Heat.

Bookmaker opened their NBA odds with Miami as a 13-point favorite for Sunday’s rematch, while first setting the ‘total’ at 204. Early wagers on Cleveland and the OVER moved the numbers to 12 ½ and 204 ½, respectively.

I am taking the double digits with Cleveland here, looking for the Cavs to add another cashed ticket to their 6-2 ATS mark from their last eight visits to South Beach. The spot is also a dangerous one for Miami to lay big ‘chalk,’ with both squads coming in on no rest and the Heat going 6-15 ATS in their last 21 home dates that followed a road trip of seven days or more.

Look for Cleveland to continue its momentum, notching 104.2 PPG in its last six road duels while cashing with a 7-1 spread record in its most recent eight matchups against Eastern Conference foes.

NBA Picks: Cleveland Cavaliers +12 ½ (


Philadelphia 76ers at New York Knicks

New York picked up a fourth straight loss in Friday’s 100-98 setback as a one-point road favorite against the Toronto Raptors. The Knicks trailed by as many as 13 points, while outrebounding Toronto, 42-31.

Philadelphia’s defeat to Miami as part of Saturday’s action saw the 76ers outscored in the second half, 58-43. 76ers guards Jrue Holiday and Nick Young united for 40 points and eight assists, knocking down a combined 5-of-10 buckets from three-point land.

New York is 2-1 ATS in the three meetings between these foes, including November’s 100-84 victory in the span’s sole affair at Madison Square Garden. Last month’s most recent clash in Philadelphia saw the 76ers pull off a 97-80 win as four-point dogs, holding the Knicks to 34.6 percent field shooting. first listed New York as a 10-point favorite for Sunday’s matchup, with the ‘total’ initially posted at 187. The Knicks and OVER saw early NBA betting action, driving the numbers north to 10 ½ and 187 ½, respectively.

I am adding the 76ers as big dogs to Sunday’s card of sports betting, looking for Holiday and Co. to stay within cashing range. Philadelphia is in an undervalued position to bounce back here despite no rest, going 4-0 ATS in its last four spots that followed a loss of more than 10 points.

New York has given up 103.2 PPG in its last six contests, while Mike Woodson’s club has broken the century barrier just once itself in that stretch. The road team has cashed with a 12-5 ATS mark in the last 17 meetings between these rivals, while the underdog is 4-1 ATS in the most recent five clashes.

NBA Picks: Philadelphia 76ers +10 ½ (

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