NBA Hit or Miss February 27th, 2019

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Indiana Pacers @ Dallas Mavericks

Spread: Pacers -1.0

O/U: 215.9

Things have not been looking great for the Dallas Mavericks as of late, who are currently on a 5 game losing streak and are looking like a one trick pony. Sure they seem set for the future once Kristaps finally returns, but for now the rest of the season is a formality. They are going to struggle for a while, and Luka is going to be the only saving grace. The Pacers, however, somehow still look very impressive. Like many people I though they were going down the toilet bowl once Victor Oladipo was lost for the season with injury, but they have continued to impress. They are currently tied for 2nd in the league for the best field goal percentage (47.9%) and 5th in 3-Point percentage (37.4%). This team has been finding success even without their leader because they continue to work as one unit. They pass the ball well and as a result are ranked top 10 in assists. Even being on the road tonight, I really like the Pacers in this game. Barring some Luka magic, they should cover tonight.

MY PICKS:

Spread: Pacers -1.0

O/U: Over 215.9

Winner: Pacers

Los Angeles Clippers @ Utah Jazz

Spread: Jazz -9.5

O/U: 227.0

The Jazz have been a stingy team all season and I never really know what to make of them. They clearly have great talent with Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell, but they just don’t have the star power that jumps out at me. Granted, neither do the Clippers, but I feel the Clippers are a better overall team from top to bottom. That is why I think it is silly for the Jazz to be favored so heavily. The Clippers are statistically the better shooting team and this is very much an offensive league. They say defense wins championships, but this is the NBA and that saying does not apply here. The Clippers rank top 10 in field goal percentage at 46.9% and 3rd in 3-Point percentage at 38.2%. The Clippers also run a faster paced offense than Utah. If LA is able to get the Jazz to play the game they want, this should be an easy cover. I think Utah will still win this game being at home, but a 9.5 point spread is way too much for me.

MY PICKS:

Spread: Clippers +9.5

O/U: Under 227.0

Winner: Jazz

Washington Wizards @ Brooklyn Nets

Spread: Nets -5.0

O/U: 236.5

The Nets have done nothing but impress me all season long. I bet against them every time they are playing a top ranked team thinking in my head: they are still the Nets, nothing has changed. But, they prove me wrong all the time. D’Angelo Russell has been playing out of his mind this season and I couldn’t be more happy for him. The former number 2 pick is averaging over 20 points per game and just under 7 assists. He is really growing into his own and he will be able to lead this team to a big win over the Wizards in Brooklyn. They are top 5 in made 3-Point shots per game (12.6) and top 10 in 3-Point percentage (35.7%). They are one of the better shooting teams and I don’t think Bradley Beal is enough to keep up with Russell, Allen Crabbe, and 3-Point champion Joe Harris. The most underrated part about the Nets, though, is how well they rebound the ball. Jarrett Allen has been playing great basketball as of late, leading the team with 8.7 rebounds per game and has helped them become a top 10 team in total rebounds and offensive rebounds. The Nets will win and cover this spread easily at home.

MY PICKS:

Spread: Nets -5.0

O/U: Under 236.5

Winner: Nets

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