Sunday brings us a solid eight-game slate, one that’s front-loaded with a pair of marquee matchups in the afternoon. There are also some potentially competitive games in the evening portion, considering the Raptors-Cavaliers, Pelicans-Nuggets and Knicks-Clippers games feature teams very close in talent level and in contention for postseason spots.
Sunday March 6 NBA odds
Here are Sunday March 6 NBA odds with point spreads, moneylines and totals.
What to watch for today
Red-hot Celtics face refortified Nets: The Celtics lost their first game against the Nets this season by a 123-104 score, but they’ve more than atoned in their subsequent two matchups. Boston has scored 126 points and 129 points in that pair of meetings, and Brooklyn has been spiraling lately with 16 losses in the last 19 games. However, the landscape will be dramatically different Sunday afternoon, considering Kevin Durant is back in action for the Nets and Kyrie Irving will be available since the game will be unfolding at TD Garden. Consequently, even though the two squads have been heading in completely opposite directions lately, the Celts are just 3.5-point favorites as of early Sunday.
Suns and Bucks renew acquaintances in Finals rematch: The Suns and Bucks clashed in the 2021 Finals, with Milwaukee taking the series by a 4-2 margin. Phoenix gained a measure of revenge, albeit of the regular season variety, when the two clubs met earlier this season at Footprint Center, as they throttled Milwaukee by a 131-107 score. The rematch unfolds Sunday afternoon at Fiserv Forum, with the Bucks coming in on a three-game win streak that includes victories over the Heat and Bulls. Phoenix will go into battle considerably short-handed as well, considering Chris Paul (thumb), Devin Booker (COVID-19 protocols) and Cameron Johnson (quadriceps) will all be out.
Raptors and Cavs look to end respective skids: The Raptors went into the All-Star break running hot, but they’ve lost four out of the first six games following the return to action. Meanwhile, the Cavaliers have dropped six of their last seven in their own right, which leaves both teams looking to right their respective ships. Toronto and Cleveland meet Sunday night at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse in a nationally televised clash, and although the Cavs walloped the Raps by 45 points in the most recent encounter, the hosts are only favored by 4-to-4.5 points.
Surging Pelicans get another tough test in Nuggets: One team that hasn’t had trouble finding the win column post-All-Star break is the Pelicans, which are 4-0 following the pause in play. New Orleans is clicking on all cylinders with the newly acquired CJ McCollum, Brandon Ingram, Jaxson Hayes and Jonas Valanciunas leading the charge, and the Pels are coming off a signature 34-point victory over the Jazz. Sunday night provides another stiff litmus test for the playoff-hopeful squad, as they visit a Nuggets team that has an 18-11 mark straight up at home and has prevailed in nine of the last 11.
Clippers look to ward off Knicks, keep win streak alive: The Clippers are another Western Conference squad on the ascent, as their five-game winning streak has vaulted them into the No.8 seed. Los Angeles has improved its home record to 19-13 in the process, and they’ll hope some of the Lakers’ Saturday night mojo from their victory over the Warriors remains in the air at Crypto.com Arena just 24 hours later. The Knicks visit the Clips on Sunday night in the latest stop in their West Coast trip, with New York trying to erase the sting of a heartbreaking 115-114 loss to the Suns at the buzzer on Friday night.