March 21 NBA Odds: Betting Lines for Heat at 76ers, Raptors at Bulls, More

Written By Juan Carlos Blanco on March 21, 2022

Following a full Sunday of action, there’s no Monday letdown in the NBA. There are nine games on the docket, and with the postseason drawing ever closer, there’s plenty of playoff-relevant matchups. Four of nine games are also between teams with winning records, and all but one contest sports a line of seven points or less.

Monday March 21 NBA odds

Here are Monday March 21 NBA odds with point spreads, moneylines and totals.

NBA player props

Lakers F LeBron James

While LeBron James is questionable tonight with knee soreness, it seems unlikely he would miss a game in his home state. King James is averaging 40.3 PPG on 67.7% FG shooting to post an insane 146.2 offensive rating over his last three trips to Cleveland, including a 46-point performance last January. He’s averaging 35.4 PPG with a 35.2% usage rate over his last eight games and has topped 30 points in 14 of his last 17 non-conference games. The Cavs are struggling defensively without Jarrett Allen and giving up 56.7 PPG in the paint over their last three contests. They’re also yielding 32 PPG to centers over their last seven games and James is playing plenty of center. Take him to top 30.5 points with confidence and feel free to sprinkle some wagers at FanDuel Sportsbook on James to score 30-plus in a win (+320) or even 35-plus in a win (+580).

Hornets G LaMelo Ball

The Pelicans were reeling without either CJ McCollum or Brandon Ingram, but their offense has turned it around with CJM back. Charlotte crushed the Pelicans, 142-120, without McCollum on March 11, but should get into a closer game tonight in a contest with a 235-point implied total. Charlotte is averaging 130.3 PPG with a 133 offensive rating during a 4-game win streak. LaMelo Ball is averaging 20 PPG, 7.4 APG, and 6.7 RPG over his last seven outings and he should top 31.5 combined points, rebounds, and assists if he gets a full slate of run.

What to watch for today

Surging Hornets host Pelicans: The Hornets have had a rollercoaster of a season, and fortunately for them, it’s on an upswing at a critical time of year. Charlotte has rattled off four straight wins and five of its last eight overall, moving into the No. 9 seed in the Eastern Conference for the moment. Meanwhile, Monday’s visitor, the Pelicans, has prevailed in three of the last four and is in the same spot in the standings over in the Western Conference. In what could be one of the most competitive games of the night, New Orleans is a 5.5-point road underdog as of early Monday.

LeBron’s hometown squad looks to add to Lakers’ misery: The Lakers are one team that New Orleans recently vaulted over in the standings, and L.A. is now just 2.5 games away from being out of the play-in level altogether. The Lakers’ one-step-forward-two-steps-back pace continues to hold them back, and they’ll come into Monday’s visit to the Cavaliers having lost 10 of the last 13. LeBron James’ old squad is trying to set itself up for a possible ascension to the No. 5 seed by night’s end, and Cleveland’s 23-12 home record dwarfs Los Angeles’ 10-24 road mark.

76ers host Heat in potential ECF preview: The Heat and 76ers currently sit 1-2 atop the Eastern Conference, and they could very well conclude the regular season in those same spots. Therefore, Monday night’s fourth and final meeting of the campaign between the clubs could arguably be a preview of a possible Eastern Conference Finals series down the line. Miami comes in with a 2-1 series lead, but the first three games have nearly been a draw for all practical purposes – each squad claims one double-digit win over the other, and the Heat’s second victory was by a mere five points. Accordingly, oddsmakers have Philly pegged as anywhere from a 0.5-point underdog to 1.5-point favorite as of early Monday.

Jazz aims for fourth straight, second consecutive Big Apple win: The Jazz are another team that’s trending in the right direction at a timely juncture, as Utah enters Monday night’s visit to Barclays Center with a three-game winning streak and victories in nine of their last 13 games overall. The host Nets will not have Kyrie Irving available, which seemingly gives Utah a better chance of notching its second straight triumph in Gotham following its 108-93 thumping of the Knicks on Sunday evening.

Pair of conference showdowns cap off night: Two other marquee matchups come in the latter part of the ledger Monday, as the Raptors and Bulls get together at United Center while the Timberwolves and Mavericks battle it out at American Airlines Center. Each game has postseason implications. On the Eastern Conference end of the equation, the Bulls could slip out of the No. 5 seed with a loss and Cavaliers win, while the Raptors would move into a tie with Cleveland in the standings with a victory and a Cavs loss. Over in the west, No. 6-seeded Minnesota, already boasting four straight victories, would move to just a half-game back of No. 5-seeded Dallas with a win.

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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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