March 2 NBA Odds: Betting Lines for Heat at Bucks, Knicks at 76ers, More

Written By Staff on March 2, 2022
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Wednesday is typically one of the busiest nights of the NBA week, and accordingly, we have eight games on tap. However, only one contest – the Heat versus Bucks clash in Milwaukee — features two teams with winning records. There’s a handful of other games with fairly high blowout potential, but there are also a pair of teams under .500 that are still fighting to remain within striking distance of a postseason spot. Four games feature double-digit spreads as of early Wednesday when looking at March 2 NBA odds, certainly a higher number than usual.

March 2 NBA odds

Here are March 2 NBA odds with point spreads, moneylines and totals.

Player props

Pelicans G CJ McCollum

After posting a modest 15 points in his Pelicans debut, C.J. McCollum has been lights out with a 134.2 offensive rating while averaging 30.2 PPG and 5.7 APG over his last six outings. He should lead the way tonight when New Orleans hosts Sacramento in a game with a 235-point implied total. The Kings rank 29th in defensive efficiency on the road and are coughing up the most PPG (24.2) to opposing SGs this season. McCollum is averaging 27 PPG over his last seven outings against the Kings and he should top his scoring prop of 24.5 points tonight.

76ers G Tyrese Maxey

James Harden and Joel Embiid are drawing most of the attention in Philadelphia, and drawing tons of attention from opposing defenses as well. That is opening things up further for Tyrese Maxey, who has dropped 49 points on 20-for-30 FG shooting to post a 141.4 offensive rating in two games with Harden joining him in the backcourt. Maxey has consistently produced at 17.8 PPG over his last 15 home games despite a relatively modest usage rate (20.6%), as he’s posting efficient 48/41/81% shooting splits in those games. Maxey is getting nearly even money to top 16.5 points tonight and you can get -108 odds for him to reach 15 points in a 76ers win at FanDuel Sportsbook.

What to watch for today

Hornets aim to curtail dangerous slide: The Hornets have endured a particularly ill-timed slump that’s seen them drop 11 of their last 13 games and has placed them in peril of dropping out of the top 10 in the Eastern Conference altogether. Charlotte will enter Wednesday’s action barely holding onto the No. 9 seed by percentage points over the similarly struggling Hawks and only one game ahead of the No. 11-seeded Wizards. James Borrego’s club’s quest to snap out of its funk will be a difficult one, however, as they’ll visit a Cavaliers squad that’s 19-10 at home and that has beaten the Hornets in two straight.

New-look 76ers try to keep rolling versus struggling Knicks: One team that’s had no trouble finding the win column lately is the 76ers, who have handily won the first two games James Harden has suited up in and has prevailed in 11 of their last 15 overall. Philly’s most recent victory was a 125-109 thumping of the Knicks at Madison Square Garden on Sunday afternoon, and they get another crack at Tom Thibodeau’s reeling group Tuesday night at Wells Fargo Center.

Heat gets sizable litmus test against defending champs: The Heat is riding high heading into their fourth and final regular-season encounter with the defending champion Bucks on Wednesday. Miami has a two-game lead over the Bulls for the top seed in the Eastern Conference and has prevailed in nine of its last 10 games. The matchup versus Milwaukee is an intriguing one, as 21 of the Bucks’ 37 wins have come on their home floor. Oddsmakers have made the hosts solid favorites despite the Heat’s recent form, as the champs are laying 5.5 points.

Resurgent Pelicans try to stay hot as Kings visit: One of those fringe contenders that’s starting to show signs of life in the early stages of the stretch run is the Pelicans, who have climbed into the Western Conference’s No. 10 seed for the moment largely as a result of a solid 7-4 mark in the last 11. The trade-deadline acquisition of CJ McCollum has paid major dividends, and New Orleans notably comes into Wednesday night’s road battle against the Kings having notched back-to-back double-digit road victories over the Suns and Lakers.

Red-hot Nuggets, Suns look to exploit matchups: Wednesday’s slate closes out with a pair of top Western Conference squads hosting inferior opponents. The Nuggets, winners of six in a row and just a half-game behind the Mavericks for the No. 5 seed, welcome in a Thunder team that’s sporting a 19-42 record. Meanwhile, the Suns appear to have a golden opportunity to notch their 50th win and snap a brief two-game slide in the process, considering the considerably short-handed Trail Blazers are in town and are 13-to-13.5-point underdogs.

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