March 9 NBA Odds: Betting Lines for Suns at Heat, Hawks at Bucks, More

Written By Staff on March 9, 2022

Wednesdays are usually a roundball afficionado’s delight, and tonight certainly qualifies. A whopping 12 games are on the docket, and although only one features two teams with winning records, it should still be a night of largely competitive basketball with only two lines greater than 7.5 points.

Wednesday March 9 NBA odds

Here are Wednesday March 9 NBA odds with point spreads, moneylines and totals.

NBA Player Props

Mavericks G Luka Doncic

Luka Doncic has been on a tear since Kristaps Porzingis was injured, and eventually traded, and his numbers (41.4 PPG, 11 RPG, 8.2 APG) have been insane over his last five home games. Doncic is hitting 5.4 3-pointers at a 47.7% clip during that span and he faces a Knicks team tonight that is giving up the third-highest percentage of their points off made 3-pointers. Doncic is getting +186 odds to hit four triples at FanDuel, and +230 odds to do that in a win. The Mavs are 8-point favorites, so the win shouldn’t be of great concern. His odds are less ideal to top 50.5 combined points, rebounds, and assists, but he’s been getting those numbers with ease recently.

Bucks G Jrue Holiday

The Bucks are playing the second leg of a B2B set tonight against Trae Young and the Hawks, which means Jrue Holiday will have to be on his game on both ends of the floor. He’s averaging 22.6 PPG while shooting 55% from 3-point range over his last five home games, and 22.8 PPG while shooting 58% from deep over his last six appearances on zero days rest. The Hawks rank 24th in defensive efficiency on the road and Young is sporting a 120.7 individual defensive rating since the start of January. Holiday is averaging 19.2 PPG and 5 RPG over his last five meetings with Young despite shooting just 29% from deep in those matchups, so he should top 18.5 points tonight and you can get -105 odds at FanDuel for him to combine for over 23.5 points and rebounds.

What to watch for today

Celtics look to keep up dominant stretch in visit to Hornets: The Celtics’ month-plus run of stellar play has long surpassed short-term outlier status at this point, with Boston now having climbed all the way to the No. 5 seed after winning 16 of its last 19 games. The Celts sport a No. 5 offensive rating (117.5), No. 1 defensive rating (101.4) and No. 1 net rating (16.1) in that stretch, and the Hornets were one of the victims via a 113-107 loss on Feb. 2. The rematch is set for Wednesday night at Spectrum Center, with Ime Udoka’s club seven-point road favorites over a Charlotte squad that’s 4-12 since Jan. 30.

Suns and Heat tangle in South Florida: The Suns continue to make do without their starting backcourt of Chris Paul (thumb) and Devin Booker (COVID-19 protocols), and Cameron Johnson (quadriceps) joined his pair of star teammates on the shelf Tuesday night in a narrow win over the Magic. Phoenix is making the short trip downstate to South Florida on Wednesday for a much steeper challenge, as they pay a visit to a Miami Heat squad that’s won 12 of the last 14. Booker and Johnson could remain out and Paul will definitely remain sidelined, a combination of factors helping make the defending Western Conference champs 7.5-to-8.0-point road underdogs.

Bucks strive to extend streak, continue climb up standings: The Bucks are seemingly beginning to round into championship form again after an often challenging first three-quarters of the season. Following a 142-115 blasting of the Thunder on Tuesday, Milwaukee is 10-4 since Feb. 1 with five consecutive wins. Giannis and company are back home at Fiserv Forum on Wednesday night for a date with the Hawks, which, after losing the Eastern Conference Finals to the Bucks by a 4-2 margin last season, have gained some measure of revenge with two wins in as many tries against the defending champs this season.

Spurs push to make Pop all-time wins leader, sink Raps further: After four failed attempts, the inconsistent Spurs finally got legendary head coach Gregg Popovich the milestone win that tied him with Don Nelson for all-time coaching victories Monday night. San Antonio still remains on the outside looking in with respect to the play-in level for the moment, as the Spurs’ 25-40 mark places them two games back of the No. 10-seeded Pelicans. Dejounte Murray and company will try to improve that standing Wednesday night in a home date against the struggling Raptors, which have lost seven of the last 10.

Timberwolves, Jazz try to live up to massive favorite status: The two projected lopsided contests of the evening alluded to earlier are the Thunder-Timberwolves and Trail Blazers-Jazz clashes, which see Minnesota and Utah favored by 14.5 and 17.5 points, respectively, as of early Wednesday. Both teams have been running hot and face short-handed squads that often play poorly even when at full strength, and the T-Wolves’ 30- and 37-point wins over OKC in their last two meetings does lend credence to the big number. Meanwhile, Utah has a pair of double-digit victories against Portland this season as well, and the Blazers may be forced to take the floor again without Anfernee Simons (quadriceps), who’s listed as questionable.

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