Jack Maloney

NBA guru

After spending two years working for the NBA, Maloney made his way to CBS Sports. He's been a CBS Sports staff writer covering the NBA on a league-wide basis since 2017. Maloney's analytical approach includes a detailed examination of schedules, injuries and other factors. He lives and writes in Milwaukee, where, like the Bucks, he is trying to own the future.

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OVER 227.5 OVER 227.5

Toronto 115 @ Brooklyn 105
4/03
TOR 115 @ BKN 105
4/03
LOSS
Wed 4/3

The total has gone Over in seven of the Raptors' last eight games on the road, and five of the Nets' last seven games. One of the main reasons the Raptors have been crushing the Overs on the road lately is their ability to maintain their offensive output away from home. For the season, the Raptors' home offensive rating has been 113.4. Over their last eight road games, they've been right around that mark, putting up 112.2 points per 100 possessions. As for the Nets, they play at an exceptionally fast pace, averaging 107 possessions at home. With a strong Raptors offense taking on an average Nets defense, in a game that figures to be played at warp speed, that means plenty of points.

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Denver -5 DEN -5

San Antonio 85 @ Denver 113
4/04
SA 85 @ DEN 113
4/04
WIN
Wed 4/3

There is one key trend that points to the Nuggets covering in this matchup: They are 8-3 this season on the second night of a back-to-back. Additionally, this game will be in Denver, where the Nuggets are 31-7 this season. That's in large part because of their defense, which picks up at home. Over their last five home games, they're 4-1 and allowing just 103.6 points per 100 possessions -- a defensive rating that would lead the league over the whole season. Meanwhile, the Spurs have been a disaster on the road this season, going just 14-24. Denver covers.

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UNDER 215 UNDER 215

Houston 125 @ Memphis 126
3/21
HOU 125 @ MEM 126
3/21
LOSS
Wed 3/20

While there is understandably a bit of doubt about picking the under in a game featuring James Harden and the Rockets, there are some strong trends pointing to this game going under. Most notably, the under has cashed in eight of the Rockets' last nine games. Additionally, this matchup features two teams who have been strong on the defensive end lately. The Rockets are allowing just 103.2 points per 100 possessions, which is the fourth-best defensive rating in the league in that span. During that same stretch, the Grizzlies have been solid as well, coming in with the 12th-best defensive rating.

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Orlando -8.5 ORL -8.5

New Orleans 96 @ Orlando 119
3/20
NO 96 @ ORL 119
3/20
WIN
Wed 3/20

Orlando has also won its last two games, and should have a good chance to make it three in a row against a Pelicans team that has won just once in the last two weeks. And not only have they been losing, but the Pels have been awful against the spread as well, going 1-6 in their last seven games. Meanwhile, the Magic have been dynamite at home lately. They're 8-1 straight up in their last nine games at home, and 7-2 ATS in those same contests.

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Detroit -4.5 DET -4.5

Minnesota 114 @ Detroit 131
3/07
MIN 114 @ DET 131
3/07
WIN
Wed 3/6

The Pistons have turned their season around in recent weeks. They've won nine of their last 11 to get back to .500 and climb into the playoff picture. And as they've surged up the standings they've also done well against the spread, 4-1 ATS in their last five games overall, and 5-0 in their last five home games. The Pistons are at home, playing their best basketball of the season and have plenty of motivation with the playoffs on the line. They should be able to cover against the Wolves, who have been terrible on the road this season and face the added challenge of playing on consecutive nights.

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