Sunday NBA Quick Picks: March 17

Most bettors’ eyes and wagers will be on the four final conference titles games today over in college hoops, but if you’ve got some attention and bets to spare, there is the eight-game slate in the NBA that may interest you. It’s a slate that includes some high-profile match-ups and interesting story lines and we’ve made it easy for you once again this week by providing you with some point spread quick picks. Check ’em out!

Miami Heat -7.5 at Toronto Raptors +7.5

There’s no denying that the Heat are scorching with 21 straight wins (the third longest streak in NBA history), but during their incredible run, we’ve also seen them slip up and have to pull out some close games. Toronto has played much better during the second half of the season and I think they’ll give the Heat a tough one today. Take Miami to win, but Toronto to cover +7.5 today.

Orlando Magic +9 at Milwaukee Bucks -9

Both teams are struggling lately, although the Magic’s recent woes can’t really be matched. Still, Orlando should be able to keep things fairly close in what will likely be a sloppy, low-scoring affair. Take Orlando to cover +9 in defeat.

New York Knicks +12.5 at Los Angeles Clippers -12.5

The Knicks have hit a major rough patch recently and have dropped their last three games with Carmelo Anthony on the mend. Still, the Knicks have too many weapons to be such a huge underdog against the Clippers. Give the Knicks a little more credit here and take them to cover +12.5.

Golden State Warriors +7.5 at Houston Rockets -7.5

While the Warriors seem like they are simply trying to hold on to a Western Conference playoff spot, the Rockets have quickly launched up the standings and have a chance to leap frog over Golden State for 6th position with a win today. Considering Golden State has one of the worst defenses and Houston has one of the league’s most powerful offenses, take the Rockets to cover -7.5 in the win.

New Orleans Hornets -1 at Minnesota Timberwolves +1

Both teams are playing extremely poorly, making this game somewhat of a toss up, but considering that Minnesota earned a win over New Orleans earlier in the season, there’s no reason the Wolves can’t do it again at home. Take Minnesota to cover +1 and get the win.

Oklahoma City Thunder -5 at Dallas Mavericks +5

The Thunder have proved to be somewhat vulnerable, especially on the road lately, but the Thunder are still the owner of the NBA’s third best record. Their raw talent should be enough to earn them a win over Dallas, while they cover -5.

Atlanta Hawks +4 at Brooklyn Nets -4

The Nets have been excellent at home this season and own a 2-1 record in the season series versus the Hawks. Knowing that should be enough to feel good taking Brooklyn to cover -4 at home.

Sacramento Kings +8.5 at Los Angeles Lakers -8.5

The Lakers have vaulted back into the playoff picture, but recent injuries to Pau Gasol (again) and Kobe Bryant make them a less-attractive pick, even at home against the lowly Kings. They did win their last game pretty much without Kobe – he played 12 minutes – but they can’t expect that to be the case every time. Take the Kings to cover +8.5 today.