The NBA is poised for another busy Friday night, as there are 10 games on the docket. There’s no shortage of games with potential postseason implications, and only two games have double-digit lines as of early Friday. Oddsmakers are also envisioning a high-scoring night, as all but two games carry projected totals north of 220 points.
Friday March 11 NBA odds
Here are Friday March 11 NBA odds with point spreads, moneylines and totals.
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Celtics F Jayson Tatum
Jayson Tatum has taken his game to another level since the start of February and the biggest danger to him topping his scoring prop of 28.5 points tonight would be a blowout win for Boston. But the Pistons are 8-0-1 against the spread since beating the Celtics, 112-111, before the All-Star Break. Tatum is averaging 41.3 PPG, 6.3 RPG, and 5 APG over three home games since the break and scoring 34.7 PPG with a 35% usage rate over six home games since the trade deadline. The Pistons give up the second-most FTA, the second-most 3-pointers, and the eighth-most APG on the season, so Tatum has a good shot to clear 33.5 points and assists, which generates better odds (-104) than his points prop at FanDuel Sportsbook.
Hawks G Trae Young
Trae Young is averaging 36 PPG and 10.3 APG while shooting 60% from the floor and 53% from deep over his last seven home games. He’s scoring 30.1 PPG at home versus 26 PPG on the road since the start of January, and his scoring prop is relatively low at 26.5 points with the Hawks hosting the Clippers. While the Clippers have been stingy defensively, they’ve given up the fourth-most PPG (27) to PGs over their last 15 games and are allowing opponents to shoot 40% from 3-point range over their last three contests. Trae dropped 38 points in his last home game against the Clips and you can get +205 odds at FanDuel for him to drop at least 30 in a win with the Hawks favored by 7 points tonight.
What to watch for today
Surging T-Wolves try to push win streak to seven: The Timberwolves are finally shedding their image of repeatedly failing to maximize big-name talent, as Minnesota looks firmly bound for the postseason with a mark of 38-29 entering Friday’s action. Chris Finch’s crew has rattled off six straight wins and eight in the last 10 as well, and they’re seemingly primed to keep the good times rolling Friday night. Karl-Anthony Towns and company face a Magic squad that’s put together just a 7-23 mark at home and that’s anywhere from 6.5-point-to-7.5 points underdogs.
Celtics face Pistons following another Tatum breakout: A team even hotter than the Timberwolves is the Celtics, which continued to roll in their most recent time on the court Wednesday via a 115-101 win against the Hornets. The victory, which featured a 44-point effort from Jayson Tatum, pushed Boston’s record to 40-27 and left them just a half-game behind the No. 4-seeded Chicago Bulls. Ime Udoka’s crew has won two of the first three games against Detroit this season and dropped the only decision in the series by just a single point.
Cavs and Heat set for SoFlo showdown: The Cavaliers have been besieged by key injuries throughout the season, making their current 38-27 record and No. 6 seed all the more noteworthy. Jarrett Allen (finger) was the latest important component to hit the shelf for Cleveland, and his absence could loom particularly large against the host Heat on Friday night. However, Miami could be missing Jimmy Butler due to an illness, which would help even matters up a bit. The home squad is a 5.5-point favorite, although the Cavs have taken the first two games of the series this season by 26- and 11-point margins.
Knicks look to topple another winning squad: The Knicks have been one of the more blatant underachievers in either conference this season, but at least for the moment, they have reason for optimism. Getting away from the glaring spotlight of the Big Apple has done wonders for Tom Thibodeau’s club, which lost to the Suns in Phoenix by just one point before recording double-digit road wins against the Clippers, Kings and Mavericks, the latter by an astounding 30 points. The play of New York’s awesome twosome of Julius Randle and RJ Barrett has mostly led the charge, and Thibs will undoubtedly lean on both heavily again Friday night in a visit with the Grizzlies at FedEx Forum.
Suns aim to widen already comfortable conference lead as Raptors visit: The Suns have become the first team to clinch a playoff spot, doing so with a big 21-point road win over the Heat on Wednesday night. Naturally, Monty Williams’ squad isn’t satisfied with that milestone, with the next step naturally sewing up the conference’s No. 1 seed. Therefore, Phoenix, which got Devin Booker back from COVID-19 protocols versus Miami, should be going full throttle against the visiting Raptors on Friday night, with Toronto trying to protect it’s No. 7 standing in the Eastern Conference after going just 4-7 in the last 11 games.