March 8 NBA Odds: Betting Lines for Warriors at Clippers, Pelicans at Grizzlies, More

Written By Juan Carlos Blanco on March 8, 2022
March 8 NBA odds

We have a six-game Tuesday night on tap in the Association, and all but one game is projected to be competitive. That even goes for a Suns-Magic clash that would have a strong chance of being a laugher were Phoenix not missing three key players. The Bucks-Hornets, Cavaliers-Pacers, Pelicans-Grizzlies and Warriors-Clippers matchups could all be wire-to-wire battles, too, considering seven of the eight teams figure to be in the postseason picture in some form.

Tuesday March 8 NBA odds

Here are Tuesday March 8 NBA odds with point spreads, moneylines and totals.

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The Nets need a huge effort from Kevin Durant in his third game back from injury as they head to Charlotte ahead of a big road tilt at Philadelphia Thursday. Durant has averaged 34 PPG on a 34.5% usage rate over two losses to Miami and Boston since coming back from a 21-game absence, and he dropped 38 points on 17-for-24 FG shooting in a loss to Charlotte back in October. Durant is sporting a career-high 27.5% usage rate and should be a playmaker tonight with Kyrie Irving playing more off the ball. Durant is a great bet to top 29.5 points and to top 35.5 combined points and assists. DraftKings is offering a special (+1500 odds) for him to top 30 points, 10 rebounds, and six assists, which is certainly possible against a Hornets team that yields the most total RPG (56.3) at home. FanDuel is offering great odds (+108) for him to just get 25 points in a Nets win.

The Grizzlies have sputtered defensively lately in a loss to the red-hot Celtics and a bad loss at the Rockets. They’re now 5-4 and allowing 113.7 PPG over their last nine outings, and face the red-hot Pelicans tonight. C.J. McCollum has changed the dynamic in New Orleans and the Pels are 4-1 with the third-best offensive rating (120.7) since the All-Star Break. McCollum is sporting a 132.9 individual offensive rating in those games, and averaging 26.3 PPG over his last eight outings with his new team. He’s averaging 26.9 PPG on 50/40/90% shooting splits over his last eight outings against Memphis, and is a good bet to top 22.5 points yet again.

What to watch for today

Nets look to start breaking out of extended funk: The Nets have Kevin Durant back in the fold and playing well, and Kyrie Irving seems to thrive each time he has a chance to take the floor. Nevertheless, Brooklyn remains mired in one of the NBA’s ugliest slumps of the season, with Steve Nash’s squad having gone an alarming 3-17 since Jan. 23. Meanwhile, the Hornets had lost 11 of 13 in their own right recently until notching wins over the Cavaliers and Spurs their last two times on the floor. Charlotte plays host to a Nets team that will have both KD and Irving available Tuesday, a circumstance that makes Brooklyn three-point road favorites despite its recent struggles.

Cavs begin life without Allen vs. Pacers: Jarrett Allen has been one of the centerpieces of a surprising Cavaliers team this season, with the young big posting a career-high 16.1 points and 10.8 rebounds per game. That’s what makes the fractured left middle finger Allen suffered against the Raptors on Sunday all the more damaging, with the injury currently leaving the valued center without a timetable for return. The Cavs are in the middle of trying to solidify playoff positioning while already dealing with other key absences as well, but they’re fortunate to have talented veteran Kevin Love to slide into the starting lineup beginning with Tuesday’s matchup against the Pacers.

Suns try to exploit favorable matchup, snap skid: Speaking of key injuries, the Suns are becoming increasingly well-versed in them, much to their chagrin. Chris Paul is still due to remain out several more weeks with his thumb injury, but Tuesday, Phoenix will also remain without Devin Booker (COVID-19 protocols) and will see key reserve Cameron Johnson (quadriceps) miss the interconference clash against the Magic as well. The Suns nearly overcame the absence of their starting backcourt Sunday afternoon in Milwaukee before dropping a 132-122 decision to the Bucks, but Tuesday clearly brings a welcome drop in the caliber of competition.

Pels shoot for quick bounce-back effort against Grizz: The Pelicans have already put the rest of the Western Conference on notice with their play since the All-Star break, as New Orleans rattled off four consecutive wins before dropping a tough 138-130 overtime decision to the Nuggets on Sunday. Willie Green’s crew goes from the proverbial frying pan to the fire Tuesday, as they visit a likely ornery Grizzlies squad that just lost to the Rockets but that sports a dominant 22-10 mark on their FedEx Forum home floor.

Warriors get resting stars back in visit from Clippers: Warriors head coach Steve Kerr opted to give his top trio of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Andrew Wiggins the night off Monday versus Denver with Tuesday’s home clash against the Clippers looming, and Golden State’s talented reserves nearly pulled off a win anyhow before succumbing, 131-124. The loss was the Dubs’ fifth straight and ninth in the last 11 games overall, a spiral that’s led to a drop to the No. 3 seed for the time being. The Warriors will hope they can finally get back into the win column versus a Clippers squad that toppled them by 15 in the most recent meeting and that had won seven of eight before taking an upset loss at the hands of the Knicks on Sunday night.

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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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