NBA Picks Of The Day: Bet On Pair Of High Value O/U & ATS Odds

Jordan Sharp

Thursday, March 31, 2016 1:47 PM UTC

Thursday, Mar. 31, 2016 1:47 PM UTC

Even with the short slate tonight, I feel great about my NBA picks, so despite the recent volatility, let’s make up for last night and cash some winners. 

Wow, what a horrible night on Wednesday. The only thing I can say is, the law of averages says we are due for a couple of winners tonight. Even with the short slate tonight, I feel great about my NBA picks, so despite the recent volatility, let’s make up for last night and cash some winners. 


Nets vs. Cavaliers
Remember when Tyronn Lue got hired and it was supposed to change this Cavaliers team into a fast-paced one where they would run the fast break all the time? Well, most people forgot one thing. The Cavs may be paying someone to wear a suit and claim to be the head coach, but the real coach of this team wears the number 23.

Tonight, head coach, Lebron James is coming off a nice day off, and he should be rested and ready to take on the Brooklyn Nets. The Nets have been resting guys too, for reasons I don’t quite understand, but there is always the possibility of some of that tonight. Thaddeus Young sat out the Nets’ last game, and Brook Lopez only played 15 minutes after being benched. If the Nets are going to pull some of those shenanigans once again tonight against the Cavs, we could easily see a big lack of offense from this team.

The Nets have been playing better on offense lately, and while their defense collapsed against the Magic two nights ago, they should ramp it back up tonight against the slow-paced and defensive-minded Cavaliers. The NBA odds boards for this one have Cleveland as a -14 favorite, but the total of 211 is a little more intriguing in this one. These two teams play in the lower third of the league in pace this season, and the Cavs have run an average pace of only 91.8 in their last five games. The Cavs are coming into this one cashing the under in three straight, including their most recent game against the Nets, so expect a slower and lower scoring game tonight in Cleveland, where the Cavs are giving up only 98 points per game.

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Free NBA Pick: 'Under' 210 (-105)
Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes


Clippers vs. Thunder
In what could have been the marquee game of the evening, the Clippers and Thunder are set to hook up tonight in Oklahoma City. But in a classic “screw you,” to all the fans in Oklahoma City who paid to see the Clippers stars come to town, Chris Paul, DeAndre Jordan and JJ Redick are all sitting this one out.

The Clippers are in the midst of a four games in five nights stretch here at the end of the season, and after playing last night, Doc Rivers has elected to give his stars the night off. It makes sense to give them the night off here as well. In taking a page out of Gregg Popovich’s book, the Clippers can play mind games with a team that is clearly better than them, but could also be their opponent in the playoffs.

That being said, the sportsbooks have the Thunder as only -16 favorites in this one, and while they are just as capable of resting players tonight, Kevin Durant and Serge Ibaka already sat out earlier on Tuesday, and I doubt they sit out two games in a row. Even if Russell Westbrook gets the night off in this one, the Thunder still have the talent to beat the Clippers with their three best players out.

Blake Griffin is not yet ready to make his return from his suspension, and the Clippers already lack depth, so don’t expect Jamaal Crawford and Austin Rivers to get the job done against what could be a full, or almost full bench for the Thunder. OKC has two full days off in between tonight and their next game.

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Free NBA Pick: Thunder -15.5 (-105)
Best Line Offered: at Bookmaker

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