Pinch punch, it’s the first day of another NBA month!
We’ve found the best bets from a big day of basketball in the Los Angeles Lakers versus Golden State Warriors, Miami Heat versus Atlanta Hawks.
With both the reigning NBA champion and last year’s runner up getting back into winning form, check out who we’re siding with today!
atlanta @ miami
march 1st 12:o0pm
The Hawks face the Heat in the first meeting between these Southeast Division rivals this season.
It’s contrasting stories for both teams with both heading in opposite directions.
Atlanta has been desperately out of form having lost seven of its last 10 games while the Heat have tallied up wins in five straight games.
The Hawks are coming off of a disappointing Friday loss to the Thunder 118-109 while the Heat played their best game of the season in Friday’s 124-116 win over the Jazz.
This is the first of two consecutive games between these teams in Miami as they will take Monday off before playing another game on Tuesday.
If the Hawks win or cover against the Heat, they will need to overcome some significant injuries. De’Andre Hunter (knee), Kris Dunn (ankle), and Bogdan Bogdanovic (knee) remain out. Trae Young (groin/foot) is questionable, Cam Reddish (Achilles) is doubtful, and Danilo Gallinari (forearm) is probable.
The Heat have won five straight games with Jimmy Butler playing incredible basketball. Butler does a myriad of things to impact games on both sides of the court, but offensively, he is a catalyst for the Heat as he can get his own shot and set up others with quality looks.
Expect Jimmy Butler to continue playing at a high level as he has done it all over the last 10 games averaging 22.3 points, 9.1 assists, and 8.8 rebounds over that span.
With Tyler Herro unlikely to play, Goran Dragic and Kendrick Nunn are the Heat’s only other secondary playmakers who can get their spots on the court to score or create for others.
These two guards have stepped up recently in the Heat’s best wins. Nunn scored a team-high 27 points on just 14 shots in the Heat’s win over the Lakers while Dragic scored 26 points on 15 shots in the upset victory over the Jazz.
Nunn has also impressed as he has taken a big step forward defensively this season.
For the Heat to be at their best and cover, they will need Nunn and Dragic to play well, and given their recent form, we will back them in to do so.
Suggested Bet: Miami Heat to cover the point spread -2.5
GOLDEN STATE @ LA LAKERS
MARCH 1ST 12:00PM
Two superstars go head to head when the Los Angeles Lakers welcome the Golden State Warriors to the Staples Center on Monday afternoon.
LeBron James and Stephen Curry face off again, and whenever they do it is primetime viewing for sports fans across the globe.
Curry’s late fourth-quarter three over Anthony Davis proved the difference for the Dubs early this season as the teams now face each other for the second time.
Golden State took down Charlotte at home on Friday night to run their win streak to three games.
Against the Hornets, Golden State led by 15 during the main break as they took control of the contest.
The Warriors didn’t let Charlotte closer than seven in the second half en route to the victory.
A sizzling 60.8% from the floor, including 11 of 24 from three-point range, the Warriors were at their shooting best against the Hornets.
Curry, as per usual, led the Warriors with 29 points plus nine assists while Draymond Green recorded a triple-double with 11 points, 12 rebounds and 19 assists.
Meanwhile, Los Angeles snapped a four-game skid knocking off Portland at home in a low-scoring match.
The Lakers were down as many as nine early in the second quarter but climbed back with a strong second half
With the game tied midway through the third quarter, the Lakers assumed control with a 17-4 run to take the lead in the third quarter and from then never looked back.
The Lakers wouldn’t let the Trail Blazers closer than eight the rest of the way.
Los Angeles shot 42% from the field, including seven of 27 from three-point range, and held Portland to 38.6% shooting in the game. LeBron James led the Lakers with 28 points, 11 rebounds, seven assists, four steals and three blocks in the win.
What a battle this is going to be.
Curry has been much more efficient in recent times than LeBron, who is still putting up big numbers.
But with James getting back into form against the Trail Blazers and starting as favourites the last time he and his squad faced the Warriors, it’s enough to side with them.
Suggested Bet: Total Points under 220
Suggested Same Game Multi:
Leg 1: Los Angeles Lakers to cover the -2.5 point spread
Leg 2: LeBron James over 26.5 points
Leg 3: LeBron James over 7.5 rebounds
Combined odds = $3.4