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NBA Best Bets: Basketball Picks, Predictions, Odds to Consider on DraftKings Sportsbook for March 17

Kenny Ducey gives his best bets on DraftKings Sportsbook for Wednesday’s NBA betting card.

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day! What better way to celebrate by getting down on a loaded 10-game NBA slate? We’ve got plenty of powers in each conference matching up, with a couple fun games slated for national television. With so much to choose from, let’s survey DraftKings Sportsbook for some player props, totals and sides to bet. You can follow me on Twitter (@KennyDucey) for any late adds.

Here’s what jumps out to me on DraftKings Sportsbook.

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Toronto Raptors vs. Detroit Pistons

Raptors -4.5

This line is on the move, so you’d better get in while you still can. The Raptors have been fade material of late, but that should change in this spot. Fred VanVleet has been upgraded to questionable, and there’s a good chance Pascal Siakam will play in this game as well. Even if those two don’t play, the Raptors are in a good spot. They’re 5-4 as the road favorite, which is one of the only spots it’s been profitable to bet them all season long. On the other side of the coin, Detroit’s injury list is growing longer by the day, with Wayne Ellington, Rodney McGruder and Dennis Smith Jr. in danger of missing this one along with newly-acquired Hamidou Diallo, who still isn’t ready to play. This could very well be a case of the roles reversing and the Raptors beating up on a shorthanded team, as the Pistons did when these two sides met just a couple of weeks ago.


Milwaukee Bucks vs. Philadelphia 76ers

Bucks -5.5

Speaking of profitable spots, there haven’t been much better ones this season than fading the Sixers on the second night of a back-to-back, where they’re 1-6 ATS all season long. Now, they don’t have the benefit of looking to Joel Embiid on offense, and without him the offense has been 12.2 points worse per 100 possessions. We saw a heavy regression from the Sixers’ hot shooting in Tuesday’s razor-tight win over the Knicks, and should see another one against Milwaukee’s good defense, which has allowed just a shade over 34% shooting from three over the past 10 games. Without the three-ball and Joel Embiid, the Sixers are going to struggle on offense, and the pace of this game should favor the Bucks’ scorers.


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Los Angeles Clippers vs. Dallas Mavericks

Mavericks +2

I’m going to put on my clown makeup and go back to the well here with the Mavericks against the Clippers. Dallas was very much in the last game these two sides played on Monday, where it lost by 10 points, but just didn’t do a good enough job taking care of the basketball or rebounding. Considering the Dallas offense ranks third in turnovers per game, I suspect that won’t be too much of an issue this time around and things should regress to the mean. I have the utmost confidence in Dallas’ starting five here, which ranks atop the league’s five-man lineups (min. 100 minutes) in offensive efficiency. As long as Pat Beverley is absent, the Clippers’ defense will be somewhat of a liability. The Mavericks — and Luka Doncic — simply shouldn’t be as bad as they were on Monday looking at the season averages.

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