March 3 NBA Odds: Betting Lines for Grizzlies at Celtics, Warriors at Mavericks, More

Written By Staff on March 3, 2022
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We’re poised for a seven-game Thursday night in the NBA, one that features several intriguing matchups in what could be a highly competitive overall slate. Six of the seven games have point spreads of 6.5 or less, and even the more bloated Pistons-Raptors line could prove a bit too large given Detroit’s penchant for surprising some quality teams this season.

Thursday March 3 NBA odds

Here are Thursday March 3 NBA odds with point spreads, moneylines and totals.

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Bulls G DeMar DeRozan

DeMar DeRozan has been one of the most reliable players to back all season in terms of his scoring props and he is in a perfect bounce back spot tonight after being held to 18 points by the stingy Heat defense in his last outing. Now he faces a Hawks team that ranks 26th in defensive rating and allows the fifth-highest shooting percentage inside the arc at home. DeRozan is averaging 30 PPG on 62% FG shooting against Atlanta this season and just dropped 37 points on 15-for-21 FG shooting in a narrow win over the Hawks last week. Bet on him to top 28.5 points, or to score at least 30 points depending on the elevated odds.

Spurs G Dejounte Murray

The Spurs and Kings are both playing at a blinding pace over their past few games since the All-Star Break and their meeting tonight has a 241-point implied total. Playing his first home game since Feb. 4, Dejounte Murray is primed to fill the stat sheet against a Kings team that ranks 29th in defensive efficiency on the road and is playing the second leg of a B2B set. Murray is averaging 22.8 PPG and 10.8 APG over his last four outings in San Antonio and is averaging 24.3 PPG and 7.7 APG on a 30% usage rate over his last three meetings with Sacramento. Look for him to top 32.5 combined points and assists in a shootout win.

What to watch for today

Bulls look to inch back closer to top seed: The Bulls were recently bumped from a tie with the Heat for the top seed in the Eastern Conference as a result of not being able to keep up with Miami’s torrid pace. Chicago actually has a solid 6-2 mark in its last eight, but the two losses – which have come in their last pair of times on the floor – have pushed them to 1.5 games back. DeMar DeRozan and company have a solid shot of gaining ground Thursday night, however, as they face a short-handed Hawks team they’re 3-0 against this season.

Grizzlies face off with short-handed Celtics: The Celtics have started to threaten a breakthrough to the upper echelon of the Eastern Conference themselves of late, as Boston has been clicking on all cylinders since relatively early January. Ime Udoka’s crew heads into a nationally televised showdown against the Grizzlies on Thursday night, owning a 12-2 mark since Jan. 29. But their big test against the similarly hot Grizzlies will be made all the more difficult due to the absence of star wing Jaylen Brown. However, even factoring in the short-handed status of their squad, the Celtics are notably 1-to-1.5-point favorites at some sportsbooks as of Thursday morning.

Heat tries to bounce back from heartbreaker against Nets in expected KD return: The aforementioned Heat gave up a half-game to the Bulls in the standings on Wednesday night by blowing a second-half lead to the Bucks at Fiserv Forum and dropping a 120-119 decision that was only Miami’s second loss in the last 11 games. The Heat has to regroup quickly, too, as Miami is at Barclays Center on Thursday night to face the Nets. Brooklyn’s recent poor form would seemingly make that a fairly easy assignment, but the Nets are expected to get a major boost with the return of Kevin Durant from his month-and-a-half absence due to a knee injury.

Warriors out for revenge versus Mavs: The Warriors are another quality team that recently suffered a frustrating defeat in which they squandered a lead, with Golden State dropping a rare decision at home to the Mavericks on Sunday night. The Dubs have now uncharacteristically lost six of the last eight overall, but they will have a quick chance at atonement against Dallas when they visit the Mavs at American Airlines Center on Thursday night. Golden State will also see a prominent player return to the fold, as Klay Thompson is expected back in action after a two-game absence due to an illness.

Clippers go for clean season sweep of Lakers: The bad news has abounded for the Lakers as the season has unfolded, and one of their many debacles has been their hapless performance in division and conference play. The purple and gold are 2-9 in the former split and 15-22 in the latter, with three of their defeats coming at the hands of the Crypto.com Arena co-tenant Clippers. LeBron and teammates come into Thursday’s showdown having dropped three in a row, while the Clips are heading in the opposite direction with four consecutive victories.

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