Sunday NBA action with a big set of fixtures greeting us in the BetDeluxe preview.
The best bets and selections from the big games of NBA to end the week.
milwaukee @ minnesota
march 20th 8:00am
The Milwaukee Bucks (44-26) will be going for their third consecutive win when they face the Minnesota Timberwolves (41-30) on Sunday morning.
The Bucks are coming off a 135-126 win over Sacramento as 8.5-point favourites, while the Timberwolves are coming off a 124-104 win over Los Angeles as 8.5-point favourites.
Milwaukee has shown no signs of a championship hangover in the last month of basketball as it builds towards.
Nine wins in the last 10 games are on offer if the Bucks can win this one and based on the numbers, they are on track.
Giannis Antetokounmpo led the way for the Bucks with 36 points and 10 rebounds against the Kings, while Khris Middleton finished with 32 points, eight rebounds, and eight assists, and Jrue Holiday added 21 points, four rebounds, three assists, and four steals.
Those three are going to be a menace for the Timberwolves to stop.
Suggested Bet: Milwaukee Bucks -2.5 at $1.91
dallas @ charlotte
march 20th 10:00am
After having their three-game winning streak shattered by the Philadelphia 76ers, the Dallas Mavericks will try to get back on track in Saturday’s clash with the Charlotte Hornets.
There were no last minute heroics to save the Mavs from a 111-101 drubbing at the hands of the Sixers.
They failed to cover as 3.5-point dogs in the matchup, while the Hornets have won and covered in each of their last three games, including Wednesday’s 116-106 victory over the Atlanta Hawks.
Both teams in this contest have identical numbers against the spread this season, so handicapping this game is an incredibly tough task.
Charlotte is almost always incredibly dangerous with their brutally offensive game plan on its home deck, but Dallas clearly has more substance do its game and balance on both ends of the court.
With the mojo back in the corner of the Hornets after three-straight wins, we will back the home team to score an invaluable win in the race for a play-in and playoff spot.
Suggested Bet: Charlotte Hornets head to head at $2.02
detroit @ cleveland
march 20th 11:00am
Cleveland will look to keep its winning momentum going on Sunday when it faces basement team Detroit.
The Cavaliers nabbed victory against Denver in overtime with a 119-116 result courtesy of a massive effort from centre Evan Mobley who matched it with Nikola Jokic.
Even though there is a gulf between the Cavaliers and Pistons on the Eastern standings, the market is actually giving Detroit a sniff here after its strong offensive display in a 134-120 win over Orlando in its most recent fixture.
But defensively is where the Cavaliers excel having conceded only 104 points per game which is the third best figure in the league.
Fully expect the Cavaliers to clamp down defensively on the Pistons in this one.
Detroit has a free-flowing open contest against Orlando which it will not get here.
Suggested Bet: Cleveland Cavaliers -7.5 at $1.95
la lakers @ washington
march 20th 11:00am
The Los Angeles Lakers travel to the nation’s capital for huge clash with Washington on Sunday morning.
The Lakers scored a monumental overtime win over Toronto on Saturday to keep its playoff hopes alive as Russell Westbrook hit a triple-double.
Washington, meanwhile, fell further away from the play-in spots of the Eastern standings after falling just short against New York.
The result made it six losses in a row for Washington and its season sits on a tight rope with this now being a must-win game in the scheme of a post-season berth.
The Lakers did need Lebron James to erupt for 50 and shoot a ridiculous 72% from the field to beat the struggling Wizards at home exactly this time last week.
The odds of James doing that again on the tail end of a back-to-back are slim to none.
The Wizards have the fresher legs in this game and exepct them to lock down on James as they bring an end to this near season-ending losing streak.
Suggested Bet: Washington -1.5 at $1.91