The weekday portion of the NBA week kicks off in style Monday night with a nine-game ledger that has a trio of what could rightfully be termed marquee matchups. The Clipper-Hawks, Nuggets-76ers and Bucks-Jazz battles feature six teams with winning records and plenty of postseason incentive, and there are only a pair of games with double-digit spreads as of early Monday.
Monday March 14 NBA odds
Here are Monday March 14 NBA odds with point spreads, moneylines and totals.
What to watch for today
Hawks aim to get back to .500, extend win streak: The Hawks’ season has seemingly been a series of fits and starts for the most part, but Atlanta is once again just a game away from getting back to .500 after posting consecutive wins over the Clippers and Pacers. The pair of home victories have pushed the Hawks’ record at State Farm Arena to 21-13, and Trae Young and company seemingly have a good chance of evening their record Monday night. The short-handed Trail Blazers, which will still be without Damian Lillard (abdominal), Anfernee Simons (quadriceps) and Jusuf Nurkic (foot), pay a visit and arrive with a 9-22 road mark.
Nuggets visit 76ers on rare two-game losing streak: The Nuggets haven’t gotten to their impressive 40-28 record by going on too many extended skids, making their current two-game losing streak a bit of a rarity. Denver hadn’t lost consecutive games since early February before dropping decisions to the Warriors and Raptors, at home no less. Consequently, Mike Malone’s squad may welcome their current road trip east, but it doesn’t exactly start off in the most welcoming fashion with a trip to Philadelphia. However, the Nuggets do catch the 76ers on the second night of a back-to-back and following a much-harder-than-expected overtime win against the Magic on the road Sunday evening.
Warriors aim to build on Saturday night win over champs: The Warriors had been going through a bit of a rough patch themselves recently, but they’ve rebounded by winning three straight games. The victories have been nothing if not confidence builders, as Golden State has toppled a trio of fellow postseason contenders in the Clippers, Nuggets and Bucks. Having traversed that progressively difficult gauntlet successfully, the Dubs now get a break, at least on paper, in the form of the visiting Wizards on Monday night. Washington just suffered the ignominy of a loss the extremely short-handed Trail Blazers on Saturday night, but they should have Kristaps Porzingis back in the fold after he was rested for that game.
Bucks and Jazz clash in Utah: Speaking of Milwaukee, the defending champs have an uphill battle on their hands Monday with respect to trying to quickly bounce back from their Saturday night defeat to Golden State. The Bucks’ perimeter defense particularly came off as a concern in 122-109 loss, and that’s with Stephen Curry having done minimal damage. Instead, Klay Thompson and Jordan Poole combined for 68 points while shooting 13-for-24 from behind the arc, a foreboding sign with Devin Booker now on tap. In what could be the night’s best game, the Bucks are notably 1.5-point road favorites, putting Utah in a highly unfamiliar position of home underdog.
Raptors shoot for fourth straight vs. hapless Lakers: The Raptors are seemingly back on the ascent after a trio of losses, a minor skid they’ve bounced back from with a three-game win streak that includes victories over the Suns and Nuggets. Toronto continues what has been an unblemished road swing out west Monday night with a visit to the Lakers, which just suffered their latest embarrassing loss, a 140-111 thrashing at the hands of the Suns on Sunday night. LeBron and teammates have been much better at home overall, but the visitors are still 3.5-to-4-point favorites as of early Monday.