March 30 NBA Odds: Betting Lines for Heat at Celtics, Timberwolves at Raptors, More

Written By Staff on March 30, 2022 - Last Updated on April 1, 2022

We’re at the penultimate Wednesday of the regular season, giving us one of the handful of remaining jumbo slates remaining. There are relevant games across the ledger, and four of the five teams on the outside of the play-in level looking in that are still alive are in action. There’s also a clash between the Eastern Conference’s top seed and a team within a game of catching them, along with several other notable matchups.

Wednesday March 30 NBA odds

Here are Wednesday March 30 NBA odds with point spreads, moneylines and totals.

NBA player props

Kings G Davion Mitchell

The Kings plan to shut down De’Aaron Fox (hand) for the rest of the season and see what Davion Mitchell can do as another ball-handler following their trade of Tyrese Haliburton. After a quiet outing in a blowout loss to Boston, Mitchell is averaging 24 PPG and 8.5 APG on 48/42/100% shooting splits while logging 42.4 MPG over his last four outings. He’s averaging 18.2 PPG in games without Fox this season, compared to just 9.4 PPG when Fox is active. Tonight Mitchell will lead the charge against a woeful Rockets defense that should be even worse with Christian Wood (hamstring) out. Houston is coughing up a league-high 64.7 PPG in the paint over their last three outings, so Mitchell should be able to get inside for easy buckets or dimes. Take advantage of the great odds (-102 at FanDuel Sportsbook) for him to top 30.5 combined points and assists.

Spurs G Dejounte Murray

Dejounte Murray just led the Spurs in a shootout win over the Rockets, but they could run into a buzzsaw tonight with the red-hot Grizzlies coming to town. Memphis is now 18-2 without Ja Morant (knee) and sporting a ridiculous 100.4 defensive rating in those contests. The Grizzlies win by an average of 10.4 PPG when listed as road favorites and have held Murray in check while beating the Spurs in five straight matchups. Murray is averaging 14.8 PPG on rough 38/24/84% shooting splits with a 101.6 offensive rating in his last six meetings with Memphis. Take the Under on him scoring 23.5 points or perhaps even better, the Under on Murray reaching 40.5 combined points, rebounds, and assists.

What to watch for today

Mavs and Cavs face off in key late-season interconference battle: One of two intriguing interconference battles takes place early in the night in Cleveland’s Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse, as the Cavaliers host the Mavericks in a battle of contenders. Dallas just throttled the short-handed Lakers for their seventh win in the last 10 games, and they’re now just a game back of the No. 3-seeded Warriors. Meanwhile, Cleveland is all the way down at the No. 7 seed in the East, but that still places them just 5.5 games back of top-seeded Miami and 1.5 back of the No. 4-ranked Bulls.

Celtics get direct shot at conference’s top spot as Heat visits: The Celtics got a brief taste of the top seed for about 24 hours a couple of days ago, undoubtedly leaving them wanting more. However, Boston’s overtime loss to the Raptors on Monday night, albeit with a very short-handed crew, combined with a Heat win over the Kings vaulted Miami back into the top spot. The good news for Ime Udoka’s squad is that it doesn’t have to wait long to get a shot at redemption, as Jimmy Butler and company pay a visit to TD Garden on Wednesday night. With the Celts having taken the first two meetings between the teams this season, they find themselves 4.5-point favorites.

Knicks aim to continue late-season surge against Hornets: The Knicks are one of those aforementioned squads that are still trying to crash the play-in party and sneak in at the last minute after extended periods of struggle. New York is 4.5 games behind the No. 10-seeded Hawks entering Wednesday’s action, having won four in a row. Tom Thibodeau’s club looks to take another step on its improbable quest when the Hornets, which sit at the No. 9 spot in their own right, pay a visit to MSG.

Timberwolves and Raptors clash north of the border: Another interesting battle between unfamiliar opponents Wednesday unfolds in Ontario, where the Raptors welcome in the Timberwolves for a meeting between two teams poised for postseason play. Toronto’s aforementioned win over the Celtics on Monday night was its eighth in the last 10, a surge that’s boosted them all the way to the No. 6 seed for the moment. Meanwhile, Minnesota has enjoyed similar later-season success, but the T-Wolves would ideally like to climb out of the play-in level and get into the No. 6 seed. They trail the current holder of that spot, the Nuggets by two games at the moment, with a chance to pick up a half-game over idle Denver if they can notch their 19th road win.

Spurs aim to protect newly garnered No. 10 seed vs. visiting Grizzlies: One team that’s actually just crossed into play-in territory from non-contender status is the Spurs, with their ascent to the No. 10 spot occurring Tuesday night as a result of the Lakers’ loss to the Mavericks. Gregg Popovich’s crew will be immediately challenged to hang on to that spot, however, as a Grizzlies team that’s won five straight despite the absence of Ja Morant (knee) comes to town looking to compete a four-game season sweep.

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