NBA Hit or Miss March 12th, 2019

Tonight is the night, I know it.

Los Angeles Lakers @ Chicago Bulls

Spread: Lakers -2.0

O/U: 225.0

I refuse to believe the Lakers will lose to the Bulls. Chicago has only won 19 games this season and is one of the 5 worst teams in the NBA. The Lakers are still top 10 in both field goal percentage and rebounds per game. A team with those accolades should be in the playoffs, but not Los Angeles, whose lack of defense has cost them. Luckily, the Bulls are in the bottom half of the league in shooting (19th). Without Brandon Ingram and Lonzo, expect Lebron to try to show that he can win with anybody. I expect LA to win this game on the road and cover the 2.5 points.

MY PICKS

Spread: Lakers -2.0

O/U: Over 225.0

Winner: Lakers

Portland Trail Blazers @ Los Angeles Clippers

Spread: Trail Blazers -2.5

O/U: 232.0

The Blazers have been one the most consistent teams all season, so a 2.5 point spread seems like too much for the Clippers. Portland is the 3rd best rebounding team in the league with 47.7 per game, while the Clippers are only ranked 13th with 45.3. With Nurkic in the middle, the Blazers should be able to eat up most of the rebounds and get plenty of second chance points. Portland is also a top 5 offensive team with a rating of 113.0. With the Blazers trying to secure a top playoff spot, they should win this easily and cover in Los Angeles.

MY PICKS

Spread: Blazers -2.5

O/U: Under 232.0

Winner: Blazers

San Antonio Spurs @ Dallas Mavericks

Spread: Spurs -5.5

O/U: 218.0

The Spurs have been on a tear lately, while the Mavs are on one of their worst stretches all season. Dallas has lost 5 straight and 9 of their last 10. The Spurs are ranked 2nd in the league in overall field goal percentage at 47.7%, while Dallas is at 44.3% or 27th. The Spurs are the more talented team and are better coached; they should steamroll over the Mavs, who are tanking for a top pick in the upcoming draft. Especially, given that the Mavs lost to the Nets by more than 40 points just a week ago, I don't see anyway this game is close. Take the Spurs to win and cover.

MY PICKS

Spread: Spurs -5.5

O/U: Under 218.0

Winner: Spurs

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