Cavaliers vs Pacers, Clippers vs Warriors, Nets vs Hornets, Avalanche vs Devils, Coyotes vs Red Wings, and Senators vs Blues
A nice schedule of games in both the National Basketball Association and National Hockey League for Tuesday, March 8th, 2022. While the March Madness hoopla is starting to build, do not forget about the great seasons both of these leagues are having. Let’s start on the hardwood:
Two teams out of the Central Division get together in this one. The Pacers would love to play spoiler in this one against a Cleveland team that looks to be in great shape for postseason play. The Cavaliers are in the 6 spot, which is the last spot to get a first round bye. The Pacers are 13th in the East, and 10 games behind Atlanta. In other words, they are almost eliminated. Despite that, Indiana plays this one against a divisional rival with heart. Take Indiana Pacers +5 on Tuesday.
The Warriors certainly are struggling right now, but they are also banged up. Despite their struggles, they are still in the Top 3 in the Western Conference. They are not going to catch the Suns, but staying ahead of Memphis and Utah would be huge for them. They get a Clippers team that is 8th in the West. Los Angeles is coming off a blowout loss to the Knicks on Sunday, at home. This is a tough game to call, but taking Golden State at home works out more than it doesn’t. Taking the Warriors here.
If you want drama – the Brooklyn Nets got it. Is Kyrie going to play or is he not? Ben Simmons back to action, or not? James Harden was already shipped out. The Nets lost their fourth straight on Sunday, at Boston. That was despite Kevin Durant scoring 37 points. Brooklyn could not guard Jayson Tatum, who scored a game-high 54 points. Charlotte is coming into this one fresh off a home win over San Antonio. The Hornets are seeking their third straight win. They are at home. We like it. Take Charlotte Hornets +2.5.
Now, let’s go from the hardwood to the ice:
This game literally features the best team in the National Hockey League on the road at the team 26th in the standings. But, do not sleep on the Devils, as they just beat the Blues 3-2 in overtime on Sunday. The Avalanche may come in with some tired legs, after being the Islanders 5-4 on Monday. Despite that, Colorado should not have an issue in this game. Cale Makar and Nathan MacKinnon are too much for New Jersey to defend. Take Colorado and be confident they score plenty.
The Red Wings and the Coyotes are playing as two teams that are likely going to miss the postseason. While both teams have just under 30 games to play, both are in a world of hurt. The Coyotes, in fact, are the worst team in the league. At Least Detroit has a chance to compete, as they are 5th in the Atlantic. The Red Wings grab this one at home and snap their two-game losing streak. Take Detroit -160 at home.
The St. Louis Blues need to find their mojo again. This is a team that was playing solid hockey until they took a trip out East. The Blues have dropped three straight games. St. Louis will likely start Ville Husso in net, and he is back home. The Blues have been tremendous at home, with four straight wins. St. Louis should start to find the back of the net, now back on home ice, and Ottawa should not be a challenge for them in this one, as the Senators are six points ahead of last place in the Eastern Conference.
The Blues at -300 seems easy, but look at the alternate line of -1.5, and you can get it at -115. St. Louis wins this one easily.
Enjoy the games! Good luck!
* All odds provided by Action247 Sportsbook and all odds subject to change.
**All views expressed are my own. My picks are my own and are not a guarantee, bet at your own risk.