March 13 NBA Odds: Betting Lines for Mavericks at Celtics, Lakers at Suns, More

Written By Juan Carlos Blanco on March 13, 2022
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It’s another springtime all-day Sunday slate in the NBA this week, with eight games on the docket starting with the 1pm ET tip-off between the Knicks and Nets. The Mavericks-Celtics mid-afternoon showdown is likely the marquee matchup of the day, considering there are four potential blowout scenarios in the latter portion of the ledger.

Sunday March 13 NBA odds

Here are Sunday March 13 NBA odds with point spreads, moneylines and totals.

What to watch for today

Nets look to keep modest momentum going in matinee: The Nets were stuck in an alarming skid that spanned more than a month recently, one in which they went 3-17. However, Brooklyn has shown signs of life in the last two games, racking up 132 and 129 points against the Hornets and 76ers, respectively. Nevertheless, that pair of contests unfolded on the road, where Kyrie Irving was able to suit up and contributed 50 and 22 points. The star point guard naturally won’t be available for Sunday’s matinee home tilt against the Knicks, which have played very well over the last five games while facing four teams with winning records.

Celtics aim for yet another statement win against Mavericks: The Celtics have been on an ascent for about as long as the Nets had been struggling, as Boston is 18-3 since January 23. That stretch has not only obviously turned the now-41-27 Celts season around, it’s also built up the team’s postseason credibility significantly by including seven wins over teams with winning records. The Mavericks, which pay a visit to TD Garden on Sunday afternoon, are the latest litmus test for Ime Udoka’s squad, with Dallas boasting a 41-26 record in its own right and having won 12 of its last 15.

76ers try to sidestep “Orlando trap”: The Magic may only be 18-50 on the season, but they’ve snuck up on more than one likely playoff squad. Most recently, Orlando handed the Timberwolves an eight-point loss Friday night, came within four points of knocking off the Suns two games prior, and upended the Raptors on the road by six on March 4. The visiting 76ers therefore have reason to be at least somewhat wary Sunday evening, even with Philadelphia having taken the first three games of the season series. Not only have two of those wins come by relatively modest margins of five and 10 points, but Philly has dropped two of the last three games and is favored by as much as 13 points.

Short-handed Pelicans try to stop perilous skid against Rockets: The Pelicans opened the post-All-Star-break portion of their schedule by going 4-0, priming expectations for a strong stretch run. However, New Orleans has subsequently fallen on hard times, with the fact Brandon Ingram (hamstring) and CJ McCollum (COVID-19 protocols) are both currently absent from the lineup certainly not helping matters. New Orleans has dropped four consecutive games, a skid they’ll look to stop in a favorable home matchup versus the Rockets on Sunday night.

Lakers look to break ice against surging Suns: The Lakers are currently slotted into the No. 9 seed in the Western Conference with an ugly 29-37 record, which includes an unsightly 3-9 mark in the last 12. Sunday’s visit to the Suns seems to offer little hope for a turnaround win, considering how well Phoenix is playing without Chris Paul (thumb) and Cameron Johnson (quadriceps) and the fact it’s already toppled Los Angeles by 10 and 18 points in the first two meetings. LeBron James enters the day with a questionable tag due to his ongoing knee issues, but even with the possibility the future Hall of Famer suits up, L.A. is still an 8.5-point underdog as of early Sunday.

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Juan Carlos Blanco has served as a freelance writer for a wide variety of online publications and websites, with an intensive focus on fantasy sports. Juan has provided analysis and comprehensive coverage of the MLB, NBA, NFL, CFL, AAF and AFL while also reporting on news and developments in the daily fantasy sports and online gaming industries.

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