Well, it’s that time of the year again. The first weekend of the tournament has come and gone.
The three most common outcome of the first weekend are as follows:
- You had a good week, feeling on top of the world
- You’re feeling robbed or cheated (probably by Tennessee), you either lost some or should’ve won more
- You’re absolutely reeling from a weekend of L’s
I know people on all ends of the spectrum, and there’s one thing that they all have in common.
They can’t wait for Thursday to come around so they can get right back on that horse and either continue their winning ways or change their fortune.
If you’re like me and want to go into tomorrow playing with house money, here are the best NBA bets of 3/27/19
Washington Wizards @ Phoenix Suns – Over 230.5
Two of the NBA’s worst defensive squads face off on Wednesday night with the Washington Wizards making a cross country trip to face the Phoenix Suns for the last time of the season. Both teams like to push the pace, each averaging over 105 possessions per game. Both teams are equipped with offensive firepower and lack effort on the defensive end. With the Wizards all but mathematically eliminated from playoff contention and the Suns in the tank for what feels like a decade straight now, defensive intensity should be at a season-low for these squads who you’ll be able to hear breaking huddles with “1-2-3 Cancun!” Don’t overthink it, take the over.
Indiana Pacers (+6.5) @ Oklahoma City Thunder – Pacers +6.5
The Pacers were supposed to be finished when Victor Oladipo went down for the season with a ruptured quad tendon in his right knee. Surprisingly, the Pacers are only one game below .500 in the 27 games since his injury, keeping their head above water, which in the Eastern conference is good enough to secure you a home playoff series. They lead Boston for the 4th seed by 1.5 games
The Thunder’s loss to Indiana about two weeks ago started a skid in which the Thunder lost five of six, their lone win coming against a Kyle Lowry-less Raptors team. OKC. They’ll look to improve their playoff seed in the hotly contested Western conference and create some momentum in the remaining eight games before switching to playoff mode (shoutout Bron). The Thunder have struggled to find consistent scoring outside of Westbrook and PG13 all season, and a team that is forced to be balanced due to injury will expose that tonight.