The March 7, 2023, slate of NBA action includes eight games, with the Memphis Grizzlies on the road against the Los Angeles Lakers to close the night.
Below are the two best bets to make tonight using odds courtesy of WynnBET.
Let’s dive in.
Houston Rockets vs. Brooklyn Nets
The Houston Rockets host the Brooklyn Nets and are seven-point underdogs. The Rockets are just 15-49 on the year, 9-35 in conference play, and have only won two of their last eight games.
Meanwhile, the Nets are the No. 6 seed in the Eastern Conference at 36-28. They’re 4-6 in their last 10 games.
Against the spread, the Nets are 17-16 on the year, so seeing a record above .500, there is positive, as only 11 teams in the NBA can say they’re above .500 against the spread as a road team.
Outside of Jalen Green, the Rockets really don’t have much going for them. They rank 29th in points per game at 110.3, 27th in opponent points per game at 118.2, and 28th in assists at 22.7. They rebound well, but that’s about it.
Since trading away Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant, the Nets have held their own, including their 115-105 win over the Boston Celtics, in which they were down 37-15 after the first quarter and dropped 40 in the second.
The Nets have a new star to depend on in Mikal Bridges, and they should easily handle the Rockets on the road after a day of rest.
Nets -7 (-110)
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Golden State Warriors
The Western Conference is fascinating this season.
The Golden State Warriors hold the No. 5 seed at 34-31. The Oklahoma City Thunder are the No. 13 seed with a record not much worse than 30-34.
Yes, the Thunder are just eight games behind the Memphis Grizzlies for the No. 2 seed—this is a tight conference.
We point this out because we shouldn’t necessarily lean toward the Warriors without digging a bit deeper.
These teams score points and allow their opponents to score at almost the same rate.
The Thunder rank second in points per game, and the Warriors rank third.
The Thunder rank 20th in opponent points per game, and the Warriors are 22nd.
Where the Warriors excel over the Thunder, though, is in rebounds and assists. It should come as no surprise, but the Warriors are the most assist-heavy team in the NBA.
Furthermore, both of these teams rank in the top three in pace of play.
The total in this game is 241.5, and after the rundown above, you can likely see why—these teams score at will and run up and down the court in a hurry.
In their last matchup, the Warriors crushed the Thunder 141-114, but the Thunder have something going with Isaiah Joe, who’s shooting 44.3% from three-point range, and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is averaging north of 24 points per game over his last 10.
The Thunder are 4-point road underdogs, and that’s a spot you have to take a swing on despite how badly beaten they were in the last matchup.
Thunder +4 (-110) and Over 241.5 (-110)