Sunday NBA Picks: How We’re Betting Sixers vs. Blazers, Rockets vs. Kings, More
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- NBA action keeps rolling on Sunday evening, and our staff is here to break down their favorite picks.
- Below, you'll find betting odds, predictions and picks for our three favorite games of the night.
- Read on to find out why we're backing the Blazers to bounce back over the Sixers and betting the Rockets to roll over the Kings.
NBA action at the Orlando bubble rolls on with six games today, starting early at 12:30 p.m. ET with Wizards vs. Thunder and continuing all day long.
Where’s the value? Our staff is here to break down their favorite NBA bets for today’s slate and has found angles in three games:
- 5 p.m. ET: Orlando Magic vs. Boston Celtics
- 6:30 p.m. ET: Philadelphia 76ers vs. Portland Trail Blazers
- 8 p.m. ET: Houston Rockets vs. Sacramento Kings
Sunday NBA Betting Picks
Reed Wallach: Magic vs. Celtics
|Magic odds||+9 [BET NOW]|
|Celtics odds||-9 [BET NOW]|
|Moneyline||+310/-385 [BET NOW]|
|Over/Under||220 [BET NOW]|
|Time||5 p.m. ET|
|TV||NBA League Pass|
This could be a good spot to sell high on Boston’s offense. Coming off a massive win over Toronto, the Celtics may let their guards down against an injured Orlando team missing a bunch of key pieces.
Boston has shot the lights out from the 3-point line over the past two games on a high volume, hitting at a 42% clip on 85 shots from beyond the arc. Orlando is the fourth-best team at defending the 3 since the restart, and that is on top of the fact that Boston is in sixth — both teams are forcing their opponents to shoot under 34%.
While Orlando is playing faster, and Boston is hot on offense, this total seems inflated and this could be more of a slog of a game. With no Gordon or Fournier, Orlando may struggle to score and generate clean looks against a sturdy Boston D.
I recommend the under, but wouldn’t play it past 220.
Pick: Under 220 [Bet now at DraftKings and get a $1,000 sign-up bonus.]
Brandon Anderson: Blazers vs. 76ers
|Blazers odds||-3 [BET NOW]|
|76ers odds||+3 [BET NOW]|
|Moneyline||-157/+132 [BET NOW]|
|Over/Under||229 [BET NOW]|
|Time||6:30 p.m. ET|
You never know what you’re going to get with Joel Embiid, but Portland has the big men to neutralize him, or at least slow him down. Embiid wasn’t as effective against Nikola Vucevic in Philly’s last game, and Nurkic and Hassan Whiteside are better defenders. Philadelphia has struggled all season finding enough shot creation, and that was with Ben Simmons. Without him, they may not have many options but to run through Embiid.
In the end, the superstar matchups favor Portland. The Blazers are better equipped to defend Embiid than the Sixers are to stop Dame and C.J. McCollum. And besides, this is a “road game” for Philly, and we all know how bad the Sixers have been on the road this season.
Don’t let Portland’s Saturday meltdown throw you off the scent. The Blazers are playing great ball right now and should take care of business.
The Pick: Portland -3 (up to -4.5)
Joe Dellera: Rockets vs. Kings
|Rockets odds||-5.5 [BET NOW]|
|Kings odds||+5.5 [BET NOW]|
|Moneyline||-230/+190 [BET NOW]|
|Over/Under||233.5 [BET NOW]|
|Time||8 p.m. ET|
|TV||NBA League Pass|
Expect the Rockets to rain 3s against a Kings team that gives up the fourth-most looks from beyond the arc per Cleaning the Glass. When Russell Westbrook (out today) does not play, the Rockets shoot 54.4% of their shots from deep.
This presents a massive matchup problem for the Kings. They have 3-point shooters, but their offense is not structured to keep up with the Rockets. They take too many shots from mid-range and do not hit them at a high enough clip to keep this competitive.
I like Rockets -5.5 and think it has value up to -6.
The Pick: Rockets -5.5