We’re primed for a nine-game slate Monday night that is once again replete with postseason implications. While every other Western Conference contender is simply for jockeying for position under the Suns, the Eastern Conference race remains wide open and the top spot has had three different teams in it the last three days. The current holder of the East No. 1 seed, the Celtics, are in a marquee road matchup Monday, and there are several other intriguing games on tap as well.
Monday March 28 NBA odds
Here are Monday March 28 NBA odds with point spreads, moneylines and totals.
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Nuggets C Nikola Jokic
Nikola Jokic continues to put up huge numbers during another MVP-caliber campaign, as he’s averaging 30.3 PPG and 13.5 RPG with a 35% usage rate over his last four road games. The Hornets have been vulnerable against centers for years and they’re coughing up the second-most PPG and RPG to centers this season, with Jokic set to face his former backup, Mason Plumlee. Jokic went for 29 points and 21 rebounds on a 47.7% usage rate in a loss to Charlotte last December and had 30 points in a trip to Charlotte last May. He’s posted a double double in 20 straight road games and you can get -102 odds at FanDuel Sportsbook for him to continue that streak in a Denver win tonight with Charlotte on the second leg of a B2B set. Jokic should also top his props of 26.5 points and 40.5 combined points and rebounds.
Spurs G Dejounte Murray
The Rockets continue to give up stats across the board and their defensive struggles have led to oddsmakers assigning a 120.5-point total for the Spurs tonight. Dejounte Murray should have another big game tonight against the Rockets after averaging 23.3 PPG and 10.7 APG in his first three meetings with Houston this season. Murray is averaging 24.5 PPG on a 30% usage rate since the All-Star Break and dropping 10.6 APG over his last 10 road games. He’s getting -115 odds to tally at least 10 assists tonight and he should top 32.5 combined points and assists in this plus matchup.
What to watch for today
Red-hot Hornets get tough interconference test in Nuggets: The Hornets are one of several teams that are making a late-season push as the postseason draws nearer, and with an impressive Sunday night road win in Barclays Center in which Kyrie Irving made his season home debut, Charlotte moved into the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference. James Borrego’s club has quite the task ahead of it in trying to follow it up, however, as they headed back home Sunday night to await a visit from the Nuggets. Mike Malone’s crew is only 5-5 in its last 10 but just a game away from catching up to the Utah Jazz for the No. 5 seed and two games away from the No. 4-seeded Mavericks.
Heat looks to leverage winnable matchup, stop concerning slide: The Heat is one of those three aforementioned holders of the top seed in the Eastern Conference, but Miami is undoubtedly trending in the wrong direction at a particularly inopportune time of year. Erik Spoelstra’s club took its fourth consecutive loss Saturday night when the Nets toppled them by 15 points, leaving the Heat in the No. 2 seed despite having an identical record as the pace-setting Celtics. Miami seemingly has a very good opportunity to get back on track Monday night when the Kings, which have an 11-25 mark, come to town. However, Sacramento has won two straight and has single-digit losses to the defending champions in each conference over the last five games, making them more dangerous than they’d appear on paper.
Bulls and Knicks battle in Big Apple with plenty at stake: The Bulls are one contender that’s been carrying the unfortunate reputation of having a tough time beating quality teams, but Chicago has slowly been trying to correct that image. Billy Donovan’s squad has victories over fellow Eastern Conference contenders Toronto and Cleveland within the last four games, and although the Knicks squad they’ll visit Monday night wouldn’t seem to qualify as a similarly tough matchup, that’s fairly deceptive. New York is 5-2 over its last seven as it makes a desperate push to reach the play-in level, and the urgency they appear to be playing with could certainly make them a dangerous foe.
Celtics aim to continue dominance north of border: The Celtics’ dramatic transformation from borderline contender to conference king, at least for the moment, has been nothing short of sensational. Monday will mark two months since the last game prior to Boston starting a jaw-dropping stretch that’s seen Ime Udoka’s club go 22-3, and they’ll commemorate it with a challenging road matchup against a Raptors team that’s put on a slightly less spectacular but still impressive version of the Celts’ streak over the same span. Toronto is 19-9 since Jan. 29, moving up to the No. 6 seed in the process and to just a game behind the No. 5-seed Bulls.
Grizzlies welcome in overmatched Warriors: The Warriors don’t have any concerns about their actual playoff spot, but their seeding is another matter. Golden State has essentially looked lost without Stephen Curry (foot), going 1-4 in the current absence of their star point guard. The Dubs could well see that mark worsen Monday night, considering they’ll tangle with the dominant Grizzlies on their home court in a game Memphis is already a 10.5-point favorite for.