Friday NBA Quick Picks: March 22

Most bettors will likely have their eyes and their wagers fixed on the 16 games going on today in the NCAA Tournament, but there is also a healthy slate of 11 NBA games today that deserves a little attention as well.

LeBron James and the Miami Heat will go after their 25th consecutive victory today, while the Mavericks hope to hang in the playoff hunt in the Western Conference. Here’s a look at the top games in the Association today, via our quick picks.

Oklahoma City Thunder -12.5 at Orlando Magic +12.5

The Thunder roll into Orlando today and they shouldn’t have a problem defeating the Magic. However, coming off two straight losses, the Thunder aren’t playing their best ball right now, so I wouldn’t count on them crushing Orlando. Take the Magic to cover +12.5 in the loss.

Detroit Pistons +15.5 at Miami Heat -15.5

The Heat rallied from 27 points down to defeat the Cleveland Cavs on Wednesday for their 24th straight win. There’s no way you can beat against the Heat right now on the moneyline. However, a 15.5 spread is pretty crazy for an NBA game. Detroit has struggled, but it’s not like they can’t play. There’s no doubt Miami will win, but the wins don’t always come easy, so expect Detroit to play hard and cover +15.5.

Memphis Grizzlies -6 at New Orleans Hornets +6

The Hornets haven’t been much better at home this year than on the road and considering they are just 3-7 in their last 10 games, it’s hard to like them against one of the West’s hottest squads. Take Memphis to cover -6 even on the road.

Cleveland Cavaliers +12 at Houston Rockets -12

Even though they blew a massive lead the other night against the Heat, the Cavs proved they can hang with the best teams in the league when they are on. The Rockets have been strong lately and we know they can score points, but I like the way the Cavs are competing and I expect them to keep things fairly close. Take Cleveland to cover +12.

Boston Celtics +4.5 at Dallas Mavericks -4.5

Boston has enjoyed a strong second half without Rajon Rondo, but the Celtics have dropped the last two games and will be going on the road today, where they are just 12-21 on the season. Look for Dallas to take control and earn the win, covering -4.5.