Magic-Grizzlies, Pelicans-Warriors NBA spread plays: Best bets for March 28

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Orlando Magic's Paolo Banchero (5) goes to the basket for a shot past Memphis Grizzlies' Steven Adams (4) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Each day, one of our experts will offer up a best bet (or two or three) that mobile sportsbooks are offering. It might be a traditional spread bet, a player prop or one of the various odds boosts that books offer.

Here are our best bets for Tuesday, March 28:

TOP PLAY

The play: NBA, Magic (+7) over Grizzlies

The odds: -110

The book: FanDuel Sportsbook

Time/TV: 8 p.m. (NBA League Pass)

Our take: While the Orlando Magic are out of playoff contention, they’ve been playing solid basketball lately having won three in a row and have established a solid rotation around Rookie of the Year favorite Paolo Banchero.

Tonight will be a tough test for this rising Magic team though on the road against a Memphis Grizzlies team that’s peaking at the right time with six-straight wins, but the good news for the Magic is that the Grizzlies will likely be without their superstar Ja Morant.

Morant is likely to sit out what will be the first leg of a back-to-back as the Grizzlies look to play things safe having already clinched their division, which puts the Magic in a position to cover considering how well they’ve played recently.

PELICANS TO COVER

The play: NBA, Pelicans (+8.5) over Warriors

The odds: -108

The book: FanDuel Sportsbook

Time/TV: 10 p.m. (TNT)

Our take: The New Orleans Pelicans will be in the second leg of a back-to-back and in one of the toughest road environments in the NBA, but they’ve exceeded expectations as of late having won their last five games.

The Pels will be traveling to take on the Golden State Warriors after dominating the Portland Trail Blazers last night, but it’s safe to say that tonight’s contest will be much tougher for the Pels considering that the Warriors are as dominant as ever at home.

While it’s likely that the Pels’ winning streak will come to an end, they’ve been playing well enough with Brandon Ingram taking over as a volume scorer to where they should be able to cover the spread.

HOW WE’VE FARED

Monday’s best bets

  • NBA, Timberwolves (+4.5) over Kings (WON)
  • NBA, Mavericks (-4) over Pacers (WON)

Monday’s profit/loss: 2-0

Total for the week: 2-0

Total for March: 31-24

Total for 2023: 63-64

NOTE: If a line or odds are minus, it considers the juice one must lay to place the bet. Ex: Team A is -160 on the money line, one would have to bet $160 to win $100 (or $16 to win $10). OR Team B is a 5-point favorite at -110, one would have to bet $110 to win $100 (or $11 to win $10.)

Conversely, on positive lines, if Team C is +140 on the money line, $100 would bring in $140 (or $10 to win $14).

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