It’s another busy Friday night in the NBA, with nine games on the docket, including several between potential postseason opponents. There are multiple games between clubs with winning marks, as well as an interesting Jazz-Pelicans that oddsmakers are projecting to be a lot closer than one would assume by the teams’ respective place in the standings.
Friday March 4 NBA odds
Here are Friday March 4 NBA odds with point spreads, moneylines and totals.
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Pelicans G CJ McCollum
C.J. McCollum has cooled off over his last two outings because the Pelicans have won each of those games in blowout fashion. New Orleans is a 4-point underdog tonight with the Jazz coming to town and the Jazz have the fourth-worst defensive rating (120.1) over their last four road games. McCollum is posting 55/46/81% shooting splits over his last five home games for the Pelicans and he’s averaging 28.3 PPG over his last seven outings with his new team. You’re getting great value for McCollum to top 22.5 points and could consider taking the +136 odds for him to top 25 points at FanDuel Sportsbook.
Cavaliers G Darius Garland
Darius Garland is averaging 28.2 PPG on a 35.5% usage rate over his last five outings, yet he’s been assigned with a relatively low scoring prop of 20.5 points tonight. The 76ers are posting excellent offensive numbers and solid defensive numbers over three games with James Harden in the fold, but two of those games came against the listless Knicks. Garland and the Cavs are capable of keeping pace in Philly, as he’s posting 26.7 PPG and 9 APG over his last six road games. Garland dropped 27 points over 27 minutes in his last outing against the Sixers and should get more time tonight. There is also a special available at DraftKings offering +135 odds for Garland to top 29.5 combined points and assists.
What to watch for today
Cavaliers aim to slow down 76ers juggernaut: The Cavaliers have hit a bit of a wall of late after exceeding expectations most of the season, losing five of their last six while also dealing with multiple key absences. However, one of those players, Darius Garland, returned from his back injury with vengeance Wednesday, racking up 33 minutes in a loss to the Hornets on Wednesday. Cleveland still faces a significant uphill battle Friday night in Philadelphia, however; the 76ers have climbed all the way to the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference with a surge fueled in part by new arrival James Harden and his averages of 27.3 points, 12.3 assists, 9.0 rebounds and 1.7 steals over his first three Sixers games.
Hawks try to build on rousing Thursday win: The Hawks are one of several teams on the outer edges of the postseason field, as they’ve climbed to the No. 10 seed in the Eastern Conference with four victories in their last six games. Atlanta’s most recent win was particularly noteworthy, with the Bulls falling to Nate McMillan’s club by a 130-124 score Thursday night. The Hawks will look to build on that victory Friday in a visit to the Wizards, which they’ve split the first two games of the regular-season series with and are just 16-16 at home.
Bulls look to stop skid in tough road assignment: The loss to the Hawks on Thursday was the Bulls’ third straight, part of an ill-timed skid that’s not only knocked Chicago out of tie for the top seed in the East, but that’s now also allowed the 76ers to vault over them for the No. 2 spot. Billy Donovan’s squad has a tough assignment Friday as well, considering the defending champion Bucks pay a visit to United Center. Milwaukee won the first meeting between the teams by a 94-90 score and are notably three-point road favorites as of early Friday morning.
Resurgent Pels get tough test versus visiting Jazz: The Pelicans were hoping for a significant boost on offense and in the standings with the trade-deadline acquisition of CJ McCollum from the Trail Blazers, and they’re reaping handsome dividends on both counts at the moment. McCollum hit the ground running with his new squad, but it didn’t immediately reflect in the standings thanks to a particularly tough stretch of schedule. However, New Orleans has won its first three games coming out of the All-Star break, although two of those wins came against the lowly Lakers and Kings. Nevertheless, the Pels did notch a 15-point victory against the Suns to start that stretch, and they’ll need to likely summon a similar caliber of effort when the Jazz – winners in nine of their last 10 – pay a visit.
Suns strive to keep winning despite key absences: Nothing seems to knock the defending Western Conference champions off course, not even multiple injuries to star players. Phoenix just notched its 50th win by 30 points over the Trail Blazers on Wednesday night and accomplished it without the starting backcourt of Chris Paul (thumb) and Devin Booker (COVID-19 protocols). While the going could naturally be much tougher against better competition, that won’t be an issue for the Suns on Friday night when they host a Knicks team that’s lost 10 of their last 11 and is 12-18 straight up on the road.