NBA Betting Preview – Saturday 30th March

Two out of sorts heavyweights do battle in the West

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Today’s match-ups feature two out-of-form heavyweights from the West doing battle as the playoffs draw closer.

Indiana Pacers @ Boston Celtics - 10am

The Pacers lost to the Thunder on the road as expected. Their away form has been just abysmal this season.

They are currently 17-21 away from home this season and have tasted defeat seven times in their last 10 games.

Indiana is splitting at the seams with Bogdanovic’s scoring no longer being able to plug the whole of Victor Oladipo. They face a tough task trying to arrest that slump against Boston on their home turf.

The Celtics are 26-12 at home, making the TD Garden their fortress.

Boston haven’t been playing great basketball either, losing four of their last five games.

Al Horford has missed some games recently as has Kyrie Irving, which obviously hasn’t helped their cause.

This match-up is even more important given it could determine who nabs the 4th seed and home court advantage in the playoffs.

The Pacers have been getting out to slow starts recently, so I’m taking Boston to be leading at Half Time at $1.50 with Unibet.

Denver Nuggets @ Oklahoma City Thunder - 11am

A shocking blowout loss to the Rockets makes it two blowouts in the last three games for the Nuggets. Recalibrating before the playoffs is important and a win over close rival OKC would be a great start.

Denver are an average away team, however, but are also 9-1 on the second night of back-to-backs. Jamal Murray and Gary Harris will have to bring their A game here, as they seem to have forgotten it when packing for their stop in Houston.

A 21-15 home record and coming off a loss like that leads you to believe they’ll bounce back in convincing fashion. No injury news is a good sign as the Kings try to finish with their best record in 7 years.

OKC got back to winning ways as I thought they would against the Pacers after a rough patch of form.

Winning here is again important, but they just haven’t been able to beat Denver recently. Russell Westbrook and Paul George have been the main force for this team, but Steven Adams and Jerami Grant shouldn’t go unnoticed for their impact on games.

The Nuggets are going to bounce back for mine, and they offer big value in the head-to-head market at $2.68 with Unibet.

Washington Wizards @ Utah Jazz - 11am

The Wizards have had a season to forget. No John Wall for more than half the season, and he will miss a fair portion of next season.

Bradley Beal has been carrying them for a long time, but with the additions of Bobby Portis and Jabari Parker, some of the scoring load has been lifted from him. No Trevor Ariza in this one as he recovers from a groin strain.

The Jazz are looking to solidify their playoff positioning with another win here. They’ve only tasted defeat 11 times in 2019, showing that the new year brought a new Utah with it.

Rudy Gobert has been something else averaging 18 points, 13 rebounds and 3 blocks in that time. On top of that, Utah’s home record is an impressive 25-12 record, so it’s little wonder they are short favourites in this one.

The line is a big one, set at 12.5 with the bookies. I’m advising we extend that a little bit with the ‘pick your own’ line tool.

I’m happy to take Washington +14.5 at $1.70 with Unibet.

Today’s Tips:

Boston Celtics to lead at halftime – $1.50

Denver Nuggets to win – $2.68

Washington Wizards +14.5 – $1.70

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