Friday night offers what could be termed a bit of a lighter slate than usual for that day of the week, as seven games are on the docket. Nevertheless, there are plenty of intriguing storylines as is typical this time of the season, with the ongoing jostling in the standings serving as the overriding theme for many of those matchups.
Friday March 25 NBA odds
Here are Friday March 25 NBA odds with point spreads, moneylines and totals.
NBA Player Props
Warriors G Jordan Poole
The Hawks have been a prolific offensive team at home since the start of February, but Trae Young remains a defensive liability with a 122.5 individual defensive rating over his last five home games. Jordan Poole should target that matchup as the Warriors top option since Steph Curry (foot) went down. Poole has dropped 20-plus points in 11 straight games and he’s averaging 28.3 PPG on a 30% usage rate in four outings since the Curry injury. The Hawks give up the fourth-most APG (9.14) to PGs this season and Poole dropped 15 dimes in recent games at the Magic and Heat. Take the Over on him to record 4.5 assists, as well as the Over on 23.5 points for Poole.
Pistons G Cade Cunningham
With Washington on the second leg of a B2B set, the Wizards defense should be even more exploitable tonight. The Wizards are 0-7 with a 120 defensive rating and are coughing up 117 PPG on the road this month. Cade Cunningham is averaging 21.9 PPG, 7.2 RPG, and 7 APG in March and has been even better at home with averages of 22.5 PPG and 7.3 APG this month. He should get Over 20.5 points tonight and the odds are good for him to top 26.5 combined points and assists, which is below his recent averages. Consider the Player Performance Double at FanDuel Sportsbook for Cunningham to drop 7 dimes in a win (+210 odds).
What to watch for today
Jazz aims to stop slide in key interconference battle: The night starts off hot with a Jazz-Hornets interconference clash, one that’s relatively meaningful for both squads. Utah is trying to cut a two-game losing streak off at the pass, with Quinn Snyder’s club particularly trying to wash away the taste of a 125-97 thumping at the hands of the Celtics on Wednesday night. Meanwhile, the Hornets are trying to ensure they don’t incur a second consecutive defeat after seeing their five-game winning streak snapped by Knicks on Wednesday night. Moreover, Charlotte has its place in the standings to protect/potentially improve, as only a game separates James Borrego’s No. 9-seeded squad from the No. 8-slotted Nets and the No. 10-ranked Hawks.
Warriors try to build on big win in visit to Atlanta: The Warriors went into a Wednesday night battle with the Heat dealing with plenty of adversity, as they’d yet to win a game since Stephen Curry had gone down with his foot injury and had seen their play become the subject of some harsh words from one of their leaders, Draymond Green. Golden State finally caught a spark in the second half against Miami to pull away with a 118-104 win, and they’ll now aim to follow that notable achievement up with a win against the inconsistent Hawks at State Farm Arena on Friday night.
Heat host Knicks amid rumblings of internal strife: Speaking of Erik Spoelstra’s crew, some frustrations boiled over in that loss to Golden State, as the Dubs’ 19-0 run to open the third quarter led to arguments involving Jimmy Butler, Udonis Haslem and Spoelstra on the bench. The loss was Miami’s fourth in the last seven games and left the Heat just 1.5 games ahead of the dangerous trio of the 76ers, Bucks and Celtics entering Thursday night’s action. They’ll look to right the ship in a home game against a Knicks team that’s desperate for wins in a bid to get to the play-in level and that’s lost the first two encounters with Miami this season.
Mavs and T-Wolves face off with seeding at stake: Another game that has plenty of implications in terms of postseason positioning Friday is the Mavericks-Timberwolves battle at Target Center. Dallas slots into the No. 5 seed in the Western Conference while Minnesota resides in the No. 7 spot, and both clubs can still improve on those positions during what remains of the regular season. Luka Doncic is expected back on the floor for this matchup after sitting out Wednesday’s win over the Rockets to rest his ankle, while Karl-Anthony Towns will once again try to play through his forearm bruise.
76ers aim to extend streak at expense of spiraling Clippers: As mentioned earlier, the 76ers find themselves in a favorable position with 10 games remaining on their schedule, as they’re now within striking distance of the Heat for the top spot in the Eastern Conference. Philadelphia has gotten there largely with the help of an impressive stretch that’s seen it forge an 11-4 mark since the last game before the All-Star break. Meanwhile, the Sixers’ Friday night host, the Clippers, are likely locked into the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference but are looking to reverse an ugly pattern that’s seen them lose seven of their last nine games, including four straight.