Swinger’s By The Numbers NBA Picks For Friday, March 3

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Swinging Johnson

Friday, March 3, 2017 3:25 PM GMT

By The Numbers is a daily NBA column featuring Swinger’s top selections according to historical trends and game-time matchups. Let’s review the top picks for Friday's slate and cash in our NBA picks.

Raptors (36-25 SU, 33-27-1 ATS) At Wizards (36-23 SU, 34-25 ATS)
  • Washington is 13-6 ATS in their last 19 games as a favorite.
  • Washington is 8-1 ATS in their last nine games as a favorite of 0.5-4.5.
  • Washington is 17-5 ATS in their last 22 home games.
  • Washington is 12-4 ATS in their last 16 games following a straight up win.
  • Toronto is 1-5 ATS in their last six games following a straight up loss.
  • Toronto is 0-5 ATS in their last five after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game.
  • Toronto is 1-7 ATS in their last eight games as a favorite of 0.5-4.5.
  • Toronto is 1-4 ATS in their last five road games.

This is the second leg of a home-and-home series in which the Wizards not only defeated the Raptors in Toronto on Wednesday night but did so as a 4½ point dog and hot on the heels of their upset of the Golden State Warriors the night before. Now the Wizards return to the Verizon Center where they own one of the best home records in basketball and are 6-1 ATS when coming of an upset win as an underdog.

NBA Free Pick: Wizards -5Best Line Offered: SkyBook

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 Cavaliers (41-18 SU, 27-30-2 ATS) At Hawks (34-26 SU, 29-31 ATS)
  • Atlanta is 1-4 ATS in their last five Friday games.
  • Atlanta is 2-6 ATS in their last eight home games.
  • Atlanta is 0-4 ATS in their last four games following a straight up win.
  • Atlanta is 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games as an underdog of 0.5-4.5.
  • Cleveland is 11-4 ATS in their last 15 Friday games.
  • Cleveland is  8-2 ATS in their last 10 games as a favorite.
  • Cleveland is  4-0 ATS in their last four games as a favorite of 0.5-4.5.
  • Cleveland is 6-2 ATS in their last eight when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game.

Despite the fact that Atlanta is an upper-echelon team and Cleveland is, of course, the defending world champion, neither club has been a moneymaker for those backing them in their NBA picks this season. Even recently the Hawks have failed to cover the NBA odds in four of their last five contests, while the Cavaliers have flamed in three straight. However, the Cavs are 12-4 straight up and 10-6 ATS vs. the Hawks over the last three seasons. We liked what we saw in the Cavs' narrow defeat against the Celtics on Wednesday, and Cleveland should be ready to go on another tear as it did in covering eight of nine before this latest ATS tailspin.

NBA Free Pick: Cavs -3Best Line Offered: 5Dimes

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