NBA Betting Picks – Friday March 12th, 2021

We have betting picks and predictions for three of the best NBA games played this Friday, March 13, 2021.

The second-half of the season promises to be packed with quality contests. We have NBA betting tips for three of the best games this Saturday, including 76ers vs Wizards, Nuggets vs Grizzlies and Pacers vs Lakers.

NBA Betting Picks

Philadelphia 76ers vs Washington Wizards @ Capital One Arena

Punters have no idea what to expect from Washington this season and the torment continued on Thursday when losing to the Grizzlies.

Washington has the makings of a good team, but with a record of 14-21, not much is going right for the Eastern Conference team.

Bradley Beal is still averaging over 30 points and Russell Westbrook is lighting up the rebounds and assists, but they don’t have much outside the two All-Star guards.

Philadelphia is 24-12 after producing consecutive wins over Indiana and Utah before the break. However, Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid have spent the last week off the court due to Covid protocols.

Embiid will return on Saturday to face Washington, but Simmons will miss the game and is set to return on Sunday.

With Simmons off the court, expect Tobias Harris and Seth Curry to step up in the point guard role. They are both capable of producing the goods and it should be enough for the 76ers to get past Washington.

The Wizards will need a massive performance from Beal to get over the line and we can’t see it happening.

Bet: Philadelphia 76ers to win

Denver Nuggets vs Memphis Grizzlies @ FedExForum

The Memphis Grizzlies returned from the break with a 127-112 win over Washington and they are capable of scoring another win.

Jonas Valanciunas had a season-best 29 points and Ja Morant was also on form. If the pair can continually produce the goods, Memphis will be a team to follow in the second half of the season.

One player who will likely have a big game on Saturday is Nikola Jokic, who isn’t having ideas of slowing down. He averages 27.1 points, 11 rebounds and 8.6 assists per game, which is next-level talent.

The Serbian superstar knows how to score the rock and there is seemingly no way to slow him down. That’s the challenge for the Memphis Grizzlies, who need to hold him to under 30 points on Saturday.

There isn’t much separating these teams in the statistical department. Denver scores 115.9 points compared to 112.1 for Memphis, but that’s the only difference in all major categories.

Punters should be expecting a close contest and it could be decided on the final possession. Playing at home could give Memphis an edge and it’s enough to back them.

Memphis will be paying value odds with bookmakers as a home underdog, and backing home dogs in the NBA is a sound strategy.

Bet: Memphis Grizzlies to win

Indiana Pacers vs Los Angeles Lakers @ STAPLES Center

The Lakers are struggling at the moment with only three wins from their last 10 games. Back-to-back losses against Phoenix and Sacramento isn’t a good form guide as Indiana comes to town.

LeBron James hasn’t been able to produce his best basketball with Anthony Davis off the court due to injury. Davis won’t be back anytime soon, so the Lakers’ support players will need to step up.

King James isn’t getting any younger and he’s no longer able to take a team by himself, as shown by their recent results.

Indiana is another team struggling to find its best form. With only one win from the last five games, Indiana needs to turn things around in the second half.

They have the ability to string wins together and the confidence of Domantas Sebonis rose after his All-Star Game selection. He also won the Skills Contest, which was good to see.

The Pacers have had trouble closing out games, but we can see them scoring a big upset at STAPLES Center on Saturday.

Bet: Indiana Pacers to win

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About the Author: Daryl Curnow

After graduating from the University of Auckland (BA – English), Daryl was thrown into the world of sports and horse racing journalism.
Having worked as a racing journalist for two years, he decided to move into the online world of horse racing and sports writing. Coupled with his love of US sport, Daryl’s picks have been featured on various websites around the world and viewed by millions of readers. After years of honing his craft, Daryl became a professional punter in 2009 – with a focus on horse racing, NBA, NFL, and college sports. When he’s not working, Daryl tries to avoid making bogeys on the golf course.