March 23 NBA Odds: Betting Lines for Nets at Grizzlies, Suns at Timberwolves, More

Written By Juan Carlos Blanco on March 23, 2022
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After a quiet four-game night Tuesday, the NBA rolls out one of its typical Wednesday extravaganzas with an 11-game slate. Naturally, with the postseason inching closer, each night seems to bring an increasing sense of urgency, and Wednesday’s ledger features four games between teams with winning records and a couple of others involving teams with plenty to play for in terms of playoff positioning.

Wednesday March 23 NBA odds

Here are Wednesday March 23 NBA odds with point spreads, moneylines and totals.

Player props

Nets G Kyrie Irving

While Kyrie Irving is drawing a tougher matchup tonight, he should still have a good offensive game in his first outing in eight days. The last time he took the floor he dropped 60 points on 20-for-31 FG shooting against Orlando, and Irving is averaging 37.5 PPG on 52% FG shooting with a 132 offensive rating in his last two outings against Memphis. The Grizzlies will be without Ja Morant tonight and Irving can play off of Kevin Durant, who is averaging 37.5 PPG with a 34% usage rate over his last two outings without Kyrie. Take Irving to top 26.5 points (-104 at FanDuel Sportsbook) and consider the Player Performance Doubles for him to score 25-plus or 30-plus points in a Brooklyn win.

Mavericks G Spencer Dinwiddie

With Luka Doncic (ankle) out, Spencer Dinwiddie should slide into a high usage role for the Mavs. Dinwiddie has appeared once for Dallas without Doncic and he dropped 36 points on a 41.4% usage rate against the Kings. Now he faces the only team that allows more PPG on the road and the Rockets also yield the sixth-most PPG (24) to PGs this season. Dinwiddie is averaging 21.8 PPG with a 25.4% usage rate in home games with the Mavs and he should be able to top 19.5 points with Doncic inactive. Combining his points and rebounds at 24.5 generates better odds, and you can get +118 odds at FanDuel for Dinwiddie to score 20-plus points in a win.

What to watch for today

Celtics on quest to conquer another contender: The Celtics’ jaw-dropping 20-3 run since Jan. 29 has included plenty of wins against quality teams, which is certainly an encouraging sign for Boston’s burgeoning postseason prospects. However, the Jazz are one fellow contender that Jayson Tatum and company have yet to conquer this season, as Utah topped the Celts by a 137-130 score at Vivint Arena back on Dec. 3. Boston gets a chance at revenge Wednesday night in the rematch at TD Garden, with Utah coming in having just seen a three-game win streak snapped by a 114-106 loss to the Nets on Monday night.

Warriors aim for first win without Steph in road showdown vs. Heat: There’s never been a question about who the Warriors’ true MVP is, but Stephen Curry’s absence due to a foot injury is just serving as a very tangible reinforcer. Golden State lost the game in which Curry went down to the Celtics, and they’ve subsequently dropped decisions to two losing teams in the Spurs and Magic. The loss to Orlando on Tuesday was especially concerning, considering the Dubs managed all of 90 points and saw Jordan Poole and Andrew Wiggins combine to go 14-for-42 from the field. Wednesday’s visit to Miami naturally doesn’t hold much promise of a turnaround, although Jimmy Butler does head into game day questionable due to an ankle injury.

Improving Nets visit Grizzlies: The Nets’ aforementioned win over the Jazz on Monday was their sixth in the last seven games, a sudden surge that’s pushed their record to 38-34. They have a stiff challenge ahead of them Wednesday, however, as they visit a Grizzlies team that’s won seven of 10 and boasts a 24-10 mark at home. On the positive side of the equation, Brooklyn will have Kyrie Irving at its disposal since the game is being played outside New York, and the Nets are 5-2 straight up in games that he and Kevin Durant have played together this season.

Suns and Timberwolves tangle in Minnesota: One of the marquee matchups of the night takes place at Target Center, where the Suns visit a Timberwolves team that’s an outstanding 24-12 on its home floor. While Phoenix boasts a 2-0 series advantage over Minnesota this season, neither victory has come easy – the Suns prevailed by just three and 10 points in that pair of contests. The T-Wolves have won 10 of their last 12 games in a stretch that includes victories over the Cavaliers, Warriors, Heat and Bucks, so it’s not exactly surprising the hosts are just narrow 1.5-point underdogs.

76ers visit Lakers with Harden, Embiid set to return: The 76ers are 44-27 and currently slot into the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference, just 2.5 games behind a Heat team they just beat Monday night without Joel Embiid and James Harden. Both players will be back on the floor Wednesday night at Arena as Philly visits the inconsistent Lakers, which are trying to remain in the play-in level over in the Western Conference and have a couple of high-scoring wins against the Sixers’ fellow Eastern Conference contenders Cleveland and Toronto in the last three games.

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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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