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New Orleans Pelicans guard Devonte' Graham (4) drives against Memphis Grizzlies guard Tyus Jones (21) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 8, 2022, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)

NBA BEST BETS MARCH 11

Kyle Barrette

In a week where the madness is beginning, there is action at the highest level and we’re bringing two plays for today’s NBA slate. We have two teams in their respective conferences hanging on to their spot in the NBA playoffs. A loss for either could go a long way in determining if they finish the season on the outside looking in. Next, we’re going to head to LA, where revenge is a dish best served cold. The Wizards have a few old Lakers who would love to try and knock them out of the playoffs. Can you imagine no playoffs with LeBron James?

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Hornets vs Pelicans Pick: Hornets -2.5
There is no doubt this team misses Gordon Hayward. With the speed at which this team plays, his ability to get into the paint and get easy buckets was lethal. The Hornets still have a lot of offensive talent and hung around with one of the best teams in the league right now in the Celtics. The Pelicans have surged back since trading for CJ McCollum, but there is only one problem. Tonight, McCollum and fellow star Brandon Ingram are both listed as out tonight. That’s like taking half of a team offense against a high-flying, high-scoring offense and not being able to answer back. Take the Hornets to pile on enough points to cover the spread.

Wizards vs Lakers Pick: Wizards +4.5
The Wizards have been trading wins and losses this month, while the Lakers have mainly been losing. Another game ended in controversy as LeBron passed up what many thought would be the winning shot. Instead, the game went to overtime where they ended up losing by nine points. The morale on the team is at a low point again and it’s showing. Add in some injuries and you can see why the Lakers’ recent track record is the way that it is. Now that you’ve returned to town, a few of the guys you sent away have returned. Kyle Kuzma and Caldwell-Pope are two examples. Imagine being told you’re not good enough to play on what was supposed to be a super team and now it’s like this. These guys are going to relish the opportunity to add salt to this wound. Take the Wizards at +4.5.

Same Game Parlay Hornets vs Pelicans:
Hornets -2.5, Jonas Valanciunas First Basket, LaMelo Ball Over 18.5 Pts, Devonte’ Graham Over 15.5 Pts, Jonas Valanciunas Over 22.5 Pts and Valanciunas Over 12.5 Rebounds. 

SGP Odds +13933

Same Game Parlay Wizards vs Lakers:
Wizards +4.5, Kyle Kuzma First Basket, Kyle Kuzma to score 25+ Pts and Wizards to win by 1-10 Pts.

SGP Odds +4070

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