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NBA Best Bets: Basketball Picks, Predictions to Consider on DraftKings Sportsbook for March 21

Matt LaMarca gives his best bets on DraftKings Sportsbook for Sunday’s NBA betting card.

New York Knicks v Philadelphia 76ers Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images

Sunday features a ton of basketball action. In addition to the eight NCAA tournament games, there are 10 NBA games to choose from. That includes a six-game main slate starting at 7 p.m. ET.

Let’s dive into some of my favorite wagers on DraftKings Sportsbook for Sunday’s NBA slate.

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Chicago Bulls (-3) @ Detroit Pistons:

Bulls -3

The Bulls are listed as small road favorites here, and I don’t think that’s giving them enough credit. They’re far from world-beaters, but they’re definitely better than the Pistons.

The Bulls are a fringe playoff team in the Eastern Conference, and they rank 19th in terms of Net Rating. That makes them essentially a .500 team. On the other side, the Pistons have been an absolute disaster. They own the worst record in the East and they’ve been outscored by an average of 3.46 points per 100 possessions this season.

Detroit is coming off two straight wins, which is probably keeping this line down a smidge. Prior to that, they had lost seven of their past eight games.


Washington Wizards @ Brooklyn Nets (-8.5):

Wizards +8.5

The Nets should win this game, but the spread feels a bit too high. Brooklyn has been outstanding since acquiring James Harden, but they haven’t been a juggernaut. Their defense is mediocre as best, which keeps their numbers in check. They’ve posted a Net Rating of +4.6 over 29 games since acquiring Harden. That’s a good number, but it’s far from elite.

Blake Griffin will also make his Nets debut on Sunday. Some might view that as a positive, but I think it’s a pretty big negative. Griffin is not even remotely close to the same player that he was in his prime, and he’s evolved into more of a perimeter shooter than anything else. Unfortunately, he doesn’t make very many of his attempts from the perimeter. The Pistons’ Net Rating decreased with Griffin on the court this season, and it’s not like Detroit had a bunch of studs coming in off the bench whenever he checked out. I would expect the Nets to be substantially worse with Griffin on the court compared to guys like Jeff Green or Nicolas Claxton.

The Wizards are coming off a big win vs. the Jazz in their last outing, so I think they can keep this one close.


Philadelphia 76ers (-1) @ New York Knicks:

Reggie Bullock Under 11.5 points (-130)

Let’s wrap things up with a player prop. Bullock is coming off a big game in his last outing, racking up 20 points in 35.6 minutes. He’s actually scored at least 12 points in four straight games and has taken full advantage of an expanded workload for the Knicks.

That’s caused his scoring prop to become a bit inflated for tonight’s contest vs. the 76ers. Philly has been an elite defensive team so far this season – they rank second in defensive efficiency – and the Knicks also have a chance to be a bit healthier. Immanuel Quickley and Elfrid Payton are both questionable, and either player being active would result in fewer minutes for Bullock.

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