The NBA gets back to business again Sunday after a quiet four-game slate Saturday, with a pair of mid-afternoon tip-offs getting things started. The evening portion of the ledger is where things could get particularly interesting, as there a pair of marquee matchups and a Stephen Curry-less Warriors team taking the floor.
Sunday March 20 NBA odds
Here are Sunday March 20 NBA odds with point spreads, moneylines and totals.
What to watch for today
Playoff-minded Pels and Hawks tangle in Atlanta: The first game of the latter portion of the Sunday schedule takes place at State Farm Arena, where the Hawks will host the Pelicans in a clash of opposite-conference play-in level contenders. New Orleans has the more unsightly mark at 29-41 and will still be missing Brandon Ingram (hamstring), but Atlanta has had trouble with consistency and may be without Trae Young (quadriceps) for a second straight game in addition to John Collins (finger/foot). With that uncertainty looming, the hosts are relatively narrow 3.5-point favorites as of early Sunday.
Improving Knicks get stiff test versus Jazz: The Knicks are another Eastern Conference squad that’s been plagued by up-and-down play most of the season, but New York may be figuring things out at the right time. Tom Thibodeau’s crew has a 5-3 record in its last eight, and even the defeats have come by narrow margins to the tough trio of the Suns, Grizzlies and Nets. New York gets another crack at a quality team Sunday night at MSG in the Jazz, which have been victorious in three of the last four while scoring at least 121 points in each of those wins.
Celtics and Nuggets set for marquee interconference clash: One of two eye-catching clashes Sunday night is the Celtics-Nuggets showdown at Ball Arena, where Boston is listed as anywhere from a 2.5-to-3.5-point road favorite. The Celtics haven’t been fazed against fellow contenders in the least recently, topping the Warriors, Nets (w/ Kyrie Irving) and Grizzlies in their last seven games alone and just narrowly missing out on doing the same to the Mavericks. The visit to Denver does put Ime Udoka’s club in a tough road environment, but Boston is 8-1 in its last nine away games and also toppled the Nuggets by a 108-102 score at TD Garden earlier in the season.
Raptors on quest to make statement against 76ers: The Raptors are another team that’s been on the rise recently, leaving behind some early-season struggles to go 16-8 since Jan. 29. Toronto currently holds the No. 7 seed in the Eastern Conference and looks to continue to solidify its postseason credibility Sunday night when it pays a visit to the 76ers. Philadelphia has won back-to-back games to continue to hold on to the No. 2 seed for the time being, and the two teams have split the season series thus far 1-1.
Warriors begin life without Steph, look to bounce back from worrisome loss: The Celtics’ aforementioned win over the Warriors was unpleasant for Golden State in more ways than one. Not only were the Dubs routed on their home floor, but they lost Stephen Curry to an in-game foot injury that will keep him out for at least a couple of weeks. Steve Kerr’s club does have the luxury of rising star Jordan Poole being able to step into a starting role, but they naturally will still be operating at less than full potential without their best player. Sunday night’s matchup against the Spurs would shape up as somewhat of a soft landing on paper for their first game without Steph, but Gregg Popovich’s squad actually has one victory over the hosts this season and lost by only four to them in the second encounter.