NBA Picks: Sunday Picks of the Day

Joe Freda

Sunday, March 10, 2013 12:44 PM GMT

Sunday, Mar. 10, 2013 12:44 PM GMT

Out of all the great NBA match-ups today, which wagers have the best value as these ‘also-ran’ affairs round out the day’s action?

Sunday night’s NBA betting has a pair of Eastern Conference matchups, featuring some of the group’s distant trailers in the standings. The Toronto Raptors return home from a four-game road trip to host the Cleveland Cavaliers, while the Philadelphia 76ers complete a southeast swing against the Orlando Magic.

Cleveland Cavaliers at Toronto Raptors

Toronto ended its journey away from home with Friday’s 118-116 overtime defeat to the Los Angeles Lakers, while holding on to cash as a 7 ½-point underdog. Raptors guards DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry united for 43 points and 15 assists, while they and their mates blew a 15-point lead.

Cleveland finished a five-game homestand on the same night, dropping a 103-92 matchup as a 4 ½-point dog with the Memphis Grizzlies. Cavaliers forward Tristan Thompson logged his third double-double in four games, while adding two of his squad’s seven blocks.

Cleveland is 2-1 ATS in its three matchups with Toronto, including a 99-98 upset as a seven-point dog in January’s visit north of the border. The Cavs rallied from an 11-point deficit, draining 6-of-11 shots from three-point land.

Toronto opened as a 5 ½-point favorite on Bookmaker.eu’s NBA odds board for Sunday’s battle, while the ‘total’ dropped to 202 ½ after UNDER wagers drove its digits south from 204. Raptors forward Andrea Bargnani (12.7 PPG) is listed as “doubtful” after suffering an elbow injury against the Lakers.

I am backing the Cavaliers here, taking the points as one of my sports picks. Cleveland is 3-0 ATS in its most recent trio of road affairs, notching 108 PPG in that stretch.

Cavs guard Kyrie Irving has broken the 20-point mark in all of his last three games, while Thompson ranks seventh in the Eastern Conference for boards (9.3 RPG). Toronto has logged a 1-4 spread record in its last five home dates, held to a subpar 86.8 PPG.

NBA Pick:  Cleveland Cavaliers +5 ½ (Bookmaker.eu)  

[gameodds]5/220783/43/us[/gameodds]

Philadelphia 76ers at Orlando Magic

Philadelphia moved to 3-2 ATS in its last five games with Friday’s 102-93 defeat to the Miami Heat, collecting as a 13-point road dog. 76ers forward Thaddeus Young piled in 25 points, while mates Jrue Holiday and Spencer Hawes finished with 13 assists and 10 boards, respectively.

The same night’s NBA betting saw Orlando log its fifth loss in six games, spanked as a nine-point road dog by the Indiana Pacers, 115-86. Magic rookie Moe Harkless shot 0-for-8 from the floor, while he and his squad hit 17-of-19 free throws.

Orlando has a 7-1 spread record in its last eight meetings against the 76ers, with the latest cashed ticket coming two weeks ago in a 98-84 win as an 8 ½-point road dog. The Magic led by as many as 21 points, with center Nikola Vucevic grabbing 19 of his side’s 45 rebounds.

Bookmaker.eu opened Philadelphia as three-point road ‘chalk’ for Sunday’s rematch, while first listing the ‘total’ at 193 ½. Early wagers on Orlando and the OVER moved the numbers to two and 195 ½, respectively.

I am adding a ticket on Orlando here, tailing the early ‘steam’ and taking the short number. The Magic look to bounce back after Friday’s setback, taking its floor with a 12-4-1 ATS mark in the team’s last 17 spots that followed a home loss of over 10 points.

Philadelphia dropped both of last season’s road spots against the Magic, held to 93.5 PPG. Orlando’s Jameer Nelson shot a combined 12-for-26 over the pair of affairs, while coming into this matchup logging 27 assists over his last three games.

NBA Picks: Orlando Magic +2 (Bookmaker.eu)

[gameodds]5/220784/43/us[/gameodds]

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