Wise n' Shine: What you need to know to bet better on Tuesday, March 29
Good morning, Pickswise Nation! We have some great NBA and NHL action to look forward to tonight as we get closer to the playoffs, and the countdown continues to the March Madness Final Four. Let’s dive into making your next bet better!
About Last Night
NBA team’s hot form continues
Our team of NBA experts is really starting to hit form at the right time with playoffs on the horizon. We went 6-3 on sides and 7-2 on totals across last night’s 9-game slate. That also improves our record on sides over the past 5 days to an incredible 27-9. In the NBA itself, the Spurs picked up a vital win over the Rockets and are now just half a game behind the Lakers for the last play-in tournament spot in the Western Conference.
NHL team goes perfect
Our success wasn’t just limited to the NBA, as our NHL handicappers went a perfect 5-0 on sides last night. That includes successfully picking the Kraken to beat the Kings at +180, while our pick of the Sabres +1.5 was as dramatic as it gets — with Buffalo coming from 4-0 down to beat the Blackhawks 6-5.
Tidy slate in the NBA
We have just 5 games in the NBA tonight, but there are some crucial matchups with playoff season drawing ever closer. The 76ers host the Bucks in a crucial game in the East, while the Lakers face a big challenge to keep their postseason hopes alive as they take on the Mavericks potentially without LeBron James (7:30 pm ET, TNT). Check out our picks for tonight’s NBA matchups.
Big night on the ice
There is a hefty 9-game slate in the NHL, where multiple teams continue to battle it out to reach the playoffs. The standout games include the Hurricanes taking on the Lightning, while the Rangers face off against the Penguins. Read our predictions for today’s NHL games.
Best Bet of the Day
Los Angeles Lakers vs Dallas Mavericks Over 218.5
7:30 pm ET, TNT
The last 5 Lakers games have seen 224, 247, 251, 246, and 251 points scored, so it is surprising to see the projected total for tonight’s game has been set this low. Sure the Mavericks play at a slow pace this season, but against a Lakers team that ranks 6th in pace of play and has a motivated Russell Westbrook, we should see at least 220 points scored. Westbrook knows just one mode of play and that is attack. His team isn’t capable of slowing down anyone with the Lakers allowing 120.7 ppg over their last 3 outings — the 5th-highest mark in the NBA. If L.A. wants to stay competitive in this one, it will have to set the tempo early on. Read our full game preview for Lakers vs Mavericks.
Make sure you catch today’s edition of our daily sports betting show, Let’s Bet It!, at 10:00 am ET on our YouTube channel at . The team looks ahead to tonight’s NBA and NHL games, while of course giving their Plays of the Day. youtube.com/c/Pickswise
Get ready for the business end of March Madness with our Final Four futures focus, plus our breakdown on what Kansas needs to do to win the NCAA Tournament.
We also have a couple of NBA same game parlays for tonight’s action to satisfy your appetite, including for Pistons vs Nets (+692 odds) and Lakers vs Mavericks (+1595 odds). Or, if ice action is more your thing, check out our NHL mega parlay (+1212 odds).
Be sure to head over to the Analysis tab for even more great sports betting content as it arrives throughout the day.
Stat of the Day
The Bulls are 4-0 this season in back-to-back situations on the road.
Boost of the Day
There’s a juicy 9-game slate in the NHL tonight, and FanDuel Sportsbook has boosted the odds from +270 to +350 for the Bruins to beat the Maple Leafs, the Islanders to beat the Blue Jackets, and the Panthers to beat the Canadiens.