Only six games are slated for Monday, March 11, 2019 as the NBA’s 2018-19 season heads to its home stretch.
We’ve got the full schedule fully covered with three in depth previews and quick picks on the rest of the games for your betting convenience.
Toronto Raptors vs Cleveland Cavaliers
The Toronto Raptors visit the Quicken Loans Arena to take on the Cleveland Cavaliers in an Eastern Conference matchup on Monday night.
The Raptors snapped a two-game losing skid on Friday night as they mauled an undermanned New Orleans Pelicans team 127-104 in the Big East. Kawhi Leonard has a 31-point outing for Toronto which opened a three-game road trip with a win in New Orleans. Toronto is set to face the Miami Heat in Florida on Sunday and then the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday in a back-to-back set.
Leonard has been dominant for the Raptors this season. The former Defensive Player of the Year is averaging 27.1 points, 7.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.9 steals per game this season. Pascal Siakam has been a pleasant surprise with his 16.4 points and 7.0 rebounds per game while Serge Ibaka is scoring 15.3 points and grabbing a team-high 8.1 rebounds per game. Kyle Lowry leads the Raptors with 9.1 assists per game while also scoring 14.7 markers per night.
Toronto is the 8th highest scoring team in the league at 114.1 points per game. The Raptors are ranked 14th in assists with 24.8 dimes per contest. They are also the 17th best rebounding team in the NBA at 45.2 boards grabbed per contest. Toronto has the 10th best scoring defense in the league with just 108.8 points per game allowed.
Toronto Raptors vs Cleveland Cavaliers Odds
O 222 -110
U 222 -110
Odds from bet365 as of 3/11/19
At this stage last season, the Cavs were fighting for the top spot in the Eastern Conference. Right now, Cleveland is one of the first three teams eliminated in the postseason after the New York Knicks and Phoenix Suns. The Cavs head to this home game with a two-game losing streak and four losses in their last six games played.
Of course, LeBron James was here last season. This time, the Cavs have Kevin Love as their new leader. Love is averaging 18.8 points, 10.8 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game but has played in just 13 games this season after sitting out most of the year due to injury. Jordan Clarkson and rookie guard Collin Sexton are contributing 17.0 and 15.2 points pe game. Cedi Osman is having his best year with 12.8 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game while the returning Matthew Dellavedova leads the team with 4.2 assists while also scoring 7.3 points per game.
Cleveland has the second lowest scoring average in the league at 103.7 points per game. The Cavaliers are third from the last in passing with 21.0 assists per game and they are also the owners of the 6th lowest rebounding average in the NBA at 42.5 boards per game. Cleveland is also 23rd among 30 NBA team in scoring defense at 113.5 points per game allowed.
The Raptors are 7-3 SU in their last 10 games played and Toronto is 2-1 SU in its last three road games. The Cavaliers are 5-5 SU in their last five games played and Cleveland is 4-3 SU in their last seven games played at home. Head to head, the Cavs are 6-4 SU in their last 10 games against the Raptors.
Toronto played the Miami Heat on Sunday and then make the trip to the Land on a back to back schedule. The Raptors have not played Kawhi Leonard in back to back games, allowing their star to play in just one. Unfortunately for the Cavs, Leonard didn’t play on Sunday so he’s expected to suit up in Cleveland.
For the Cavs, they will be without Tristan Thompson and John Henson who are out indefinitely. Meanwhile, Larry Nance Jr. got hurt in their last game and is questionable for this game. Likewise, Matthew Dellavedova is questionable to play with a concussion. With the players they are missing, the Cavs are at even bigger disadvantage against the second best team in the East.
This game means more to Toronto than Cleveland as the former is trying to catch the Bucks in the team standings while the latter may be just trying to finish the season, period.
Cleveland is better off losing games to improve their draft lottery chances and I’m sure, that’s on their mind as well.
I’m picking the Toronto Raptors to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers on 3/11/19.
Toronto however is just 2-8 ATS in its last 10 games played and the Raptors are 1-2 SU in their last three games on the road. Cleveland is 6-4 ATS in its last 10 games played. The Cavaliers are 4-3 ATS in their last seven games played at home. Head to head, the Cavaliers are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 meetings against the Raptors.
The Raptors are 10-2 ATS in their last dozen games when playing on zero days rest, 6-12 ATS in their last 18 games and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Cavs are 2-5 ATS in their last seven Monday games, 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games when playing on two days rest and 4-1 ATS in their last five games versus the Atlantic Division. Toronto has struggled against the spread while the Cavs have played well against it but the Raptors have beaten Cleveland thrice this season and all wins were by double digits. The big chalk made me hesitate at first but upon learning that Cleveland is 7-14 as double-digit underdogs this season, I’m taking Toronto here.
Prediction: Raptors -10.5
The total has gone over in six out of the last 10 games played by the Raptors. The over is 2-1 in the Raptors last three road games. The total has gone over in seven out of the last 10 games played by the Cavaliers. The over is 5-2 in the last seven home games played by Cleveland. Head to head, the over is 7-3 in the last 10 encounters between the Raptors and Cavs.
The total has gone over in 41 out of the last 63 Monday games played by Toronto. The Cavaliers have seen the total go over in seven out of their last 9 games against the Atlantic Division. The over is 8-3 in their last 11 games against teams with a winning SU record and 5-2 in their last seven games overall. Toronto has a high powered offense which the Cavs’ lowly defense cannot stop so I’m thinking over.
Prediction: Over 222
Sacramento Kings vs Washington Wizards
The Sacramento Kings hit the road to take on the Washington Wizards on Monday night at the Capital One Arena in Washington.
The Sacramento Kings opened a four-game trip to the East with a win over the New York Knicks on Saturday. The win was huge for the Kings who have struggled since Marvin Bagley III got hurt. Because of their struggles, Sacramento has fallen behind the 8th seeded San Antonio Spurs by four games. If the Kings want to catch up, they need to continue their strong play on the road.
Buddy Hield leads the Kings in scoring with 21.0 points per game. De’Aaron Fox is having a sensational second season with 17.2 points, 7.2 assists and 1.7 steals per game. Guard Bogdan Bogdanovic is scoring 14.8 points per game while Willie Cauley Stein is contributing 12.5 points and 8.2 rebounds per game. Harrison Barnes is also chipping in 13.8 points and 7.2 rebounds per outing for Sacramento.
The Kings rank 9th in the league in team scoring at 113.8 points per game while they are also the 9th best passing team in the league at 25.6 assists per game. Sacramento is grabbing 45.3 rebounds per game which puts them at #15 among 30 NBA teams. The Kings are allowing 115.0 opponent points per game, which is just 26th overall.
Sacramento Kings vs Washington Wizards Odds
O 241.5 -110
U 241.5 -110
Odds from betonline.ag as of 3/11/19
After getting the wrong end of a bad call that cost them their game against the Charlotte Hornets on Friday night, the Washington Wizards lost another close game against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday night. Derrick Rose called game and sealed the win for Minnesota as the Wizards fell for the second straight game. With the loss, the Wizards fell farther back in the standings and will need to finish stronger to give themselves a better chance at earning a playoff spot.
Bradley Beal has taken over since John Wall got injured. Beal is averaging 25.6 points, 5.1 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 1.5 steals per game to lead Washington. Bobby Portis has been a nice pick-up as he’s averaged 15.7 points and 8.8 rebounds in 11 games with the Wizards. Likewise, Jabari Parker is 13.0 points, grabbing 6.9 rebounds and issuing 3.3 assists per game in 11 games as well for Washington. Trevor Ariza is also adding 14.9 points, 5.6 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game.
The Wizards rank 6th in the NBA in team scoring at 114.3 points per game. They are also the 5th best passing team in the league at 26.7 assists per game but Washington is third to the last in rebounds with only 41.5 boards grabbed per game and they are also next to last in scoring defense at 116.9 opponent points per game allowed.
The Kings are 4-6 SU in their last 10 games. Sacramento is 1-3 SU in their last four games on the road. The Wizards are also 4-6 SU in their last 10 games played. Washington is 2-1 SU in their last three games played at home. Head to head, the Wizards are 6-4 SU in the last 10 meetings between these two teams.
Sacramento’s playoff chances continue to fade by the game. The Kings have struggled without Marvin Bagley III on the floor, going 2-3 with him hurt. The Kings though opened their current four-game road trip to the East with a win over the Knicks last Saturday so that should give them at least some confidence entering this game.
Like the Kings, the Wizards are still in the playoff hunt but their recent performances have put them a couple of steps back. Washington has lost three in a row and are 4.5 games behind the 8th seeded Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Standings. With games running out, the Wizards need to win this game as much as the Kings do.
Sacramento is 13-18 SU on the road while the Wizards are a solid 19-12 SU at home. Washington has won four out of its last six at home including their last two. Meanwhile, the Kings have lost four out of their last six road games heading to this contest. I think Sacramento continues to struggle minus Bagley and the Wizards take care of business at home.
I’m picking the Washington Wizards to beat the Sacramento Kings on 3/11/19
Sacramento is 6-3-1 ATS in its last 10 games played and the Kings are 3-1 ATS in their last four road games. Washington is 6-4 ATS in their last 10 games and 2-1 ATS in their last three home games played. Head to head, the Wizards are 5-4-1 ATS in their last 10 games against the Kings.
The Kings are 4-1 ATS in their last five road games, 16-5 ATS in their last 21 games against an opponent with a losing record and 10-4-1 ATS in their last 15 games overall. The Wizards are 5-2 ATS in their last seven games after a defeat and 11-4 ATS in their last 15 games at home. Washington is also 5-0 ATS in their last five home games against Sacramento and 3-1-1 ATS in their last five head to head matchups. I like Washington’s form heading to this game.
Prediction: Wizards -2
The total has gone under in seven out of the last 10 games played by the Kings. The under is 7-4 in their last 11 games against Eastern Conference. The over is 8-2 in the last 10 games played by the Wizards and the over is also 3-0 in their last three home games. Head to head, the under is 6-4 in the last 10 games between these two teams.
The under is 5-1 in Sacramento’s last six games against an opponent with a losing SU record, 5-1 in their last six Monday games, 10-2-1 in their last 13 games after an SU win and 20-5-1 in their last 26 games overall. Likewise, the under is 5-1 the last six games between these two teams in Washington.
Prediction: Under 241.5
Charlotte Hornets vs Houston Rockets
The Charlotte Hornets travel to Space City for a showdown with the Houston Rockets at the Toyota Center on Monday night.
The Hornets continue to tumble in the team standings. Charlotte has lost six out of their last eight games to fall to 10th place in the East and 3rd in the Southeast Division team standings. Despite the loss, Charlotte is just 1.5 games back of 8th placed Miami. But the Hornets need to pick up the pace ASAP. Doing that against Houston will be a tough act though.
Kemba Walker leads Charlotte with 24.9 points, 5.8 assists and 1.3 steals per game. Jeremy Lamb is helping out Walker with 15.2 points, 5.6 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.0 steal per game. Meanwhile, Marvin Williams is scoring 10.6 points while also grabbing 5.7 rebounds per game. Nicolas Batum and Malik Monk are helping out in the scoring with 9.9 and 9.6 points per game. Cody Zeller is averaging 10.1 points and grabbing 6.8 boards per contest.
The Hornets are ranked 19th in scoring at 110.8 points per game. They are also the 22nd ranked passing team with 23.2 assists per game and Charlotte is ranked 23rd off the glass with 44.3 rebounds per contest. The Hornets have the 15th best scoring defense in the league as they allowed opponents to score just 111.4 points per game.
Charlotte Hornets vs Houston Rockets Odds
O 225.5 -105
U 225.5 -115
Odds from bet365 as of 3/11/19
The Houston Rockets continue their lift off. Houston has won eight out of their last 10 games to zoom to solo third place in the Western Conference. But with Oklahoma City and Portland breathing heavily behind their neck, the Rockets need to win as many more games as they can as the season is winding down.
James Harden has been at the frontline for Houston. The reigning NBA MVP is averaging a league-best 36.6 points per game. The Beard is also putting up 6.5 rebounds, 7.5 assists and 2.2 steals per outing. Clint Capela is having a big year with 16.7 points, 12.5 rebounds and 17 blocks per game. Chris Paul is helping out Harden with 15.5 points and 8.3 assists per game while Eric Gordon is scoring 16.3 points per game for Houston. Austin Rivers and Gerald Green are contributing 10.0 and 9.8 points per contest for the Rockets bench.
Houston is 11th in the league in team scoring at 113.2 points per game. The Rockets are ranked 12th in scoring defense at 110.5 opponent points per game allowed. However, Houston is just next to last in passing with 21.0 assists per game. They are also third from the bottom in rebounding at only 41.5 blocks per contest.
Charlotte is 3-7 SU in their last 10 games played and the Hornets are 1-2 SU in their last three road games played. Houston is 8-2 SU in their last 10 games played and the Rockets are 4-0 ATS in their last four games played at home. Head to head, the Rockets are 9-1 SU in their last 10 games versus the Hornets.
This is a familiar scene for the Hornets year after year: They fade towards the end of the regular season and then either barely make the playoffs or miss the bus. They looked like they were safely in 8th place a couple of weeks back but now they are locked in a battle with the Pistons and Magic.
Charlotte is going on the road here and they are losing by an average margin of 6.3 points while shooting just 44% away from home. The Rockets had a scare with Dallas the last time out but no question, the Rockets are playing their best offense of the season.
I’m picking the Houston Rockets to beat the Charlotte Hornet on 3/11/19.
The Hornets are 2-7-1 ATS in their last 10 games played. Charlotte is 1-2 ATS in its last three games on the road. Houston is 5-4-1 ATS in their last 10 games played and the Rockets are 2-2 ATS in their last four home games. Head to head, the Rockets are 5-3-2 ATS in their last 10 meetings against the Hornets.
Charlotte is 1-4-1 ATS in their last six games when playing on one day rest, 2-5 ATS in their last seven road games and 0-4 ATS in their last four games overall. Houston is only 2-5 ATS in their last seven games at home, 3-1-1 ATS in their last five games against the East and 3-1-1 ATS in their last five games overall. The Rockets are also 7-1-2 in their last 10 head to head meetings against the Hornets in Houston. The Rockets are simply playing well right now and the Hornets are not.
Prediction: Rockets -9
The over is 6-4 in the Hornets’ last 10 games played. The total has gone over in two out of the last three games on the road for Charlotte. The under is 6-3-1 in the Rockets’ last 10 games played and the under is also 2-1-1 in Houston’s last four games played. Head to head, the total has gone under in seven out of their last 10 meetings.
The Rockets have held their last three opponents to only 96.7 points per game while Charlotte averages just 109.0 points per game on the road. The wheels on Charlotte appear to be falling off while the Rockets are starting to look like the elites that they were last season. Houston shuts down Charlotte hear.
Prediction: Under 225.5
Detroit Pistons +110 vs Brooklyn Nets -130, Prediction: Brooklyn Nets
Oklahoma City Thunder +140 vs Utah Jazz -160, Prediction: Utah Jazz
Boston Celtics -115 vs Los Angeles Clippers -105, Prediction: Boston Celtics
**odds taken from gtbets.eu as of 3/11/19