NBA Best Bets Today (Predictions for Devin Booker, Knicks-Pistons and Timberwolves-Celtics)

Minnesota Timberwolves big man Karl-Anthony Towns.
Minnesota Timberwolves big man Karl-Anthony Towns. / David Berding/GettyImages

March Madness and the Elite 8 matchups in both men's and women's college basketball may be on the forefront of everyone's mind, but we have also some great matchups in the NBA on Sunday.

The two top seeds in their respective conferences, the Phoenix Suns and Philadelphia 76ers, face off on Sunday, and there's one Devin Booker player prop that I love in the matchup.

Not only that, but we have a total and a spread pick to make in today's NBA Best Bets column.

Let's break down today's picks!

All odds via WynnBET Sportsbook.

NBA Best Bets Record to Date

  • NBA Best Bets Record: 166-159-3

Find Peter Dewey’s full betting record in the NBA this season here.

NBA Best Bets Today

  • New York Knicks -4 vs. Detroit Pistons (-110)
  • Minnesota Timberwolves-Boston Celtics OVER 227.5 (-110)
  • Devin Booker OVER 36.5 Points, Rebounds and Assists (-130)

New York Knicks vs. Detroit Pistons: Knicks -4 (-110)

The New York Knicks are coming off their most impressive win of the 2021-22 season, as they outscored the Miami Heat 38-15 in the fourth quarter on Friday to pull off an upset win. 

Tonight, the Knicks will hit the road again to take on the Detroit Pistons, who have lost seven of their last 10 games after a strong start post-All-Star break. 

The Knicks have won back-to-back games without Julius Randle, and although he could be out again tonight, I think New York isn’t getting enough respect against this Pistons team. 

The Knicks dismantled the Pistons in both of their previous matchups this season, and New York has quietly been one of the better teams in the league over its last 10 games, ranking 11th in offensive rating, fourth in defensive rating and seventh in net rating. 

The Pistons over that stretch? They rank 21st, ninth and 14th in those respective categories. 

The resurgence of Immanuel Quickley since the All-Star break has been huge for the Knicks, as the second-year guard is averaging 15.0 points, 4.9 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game while shooting 46.0 percent from the field and 41.2 percent from beyond the arc. 

New York has played very well when letting RJ Barrett run the show, and even if Randle can’t go, the Knicks won’t have to face Jerami Grant, who is listed as out for this game. 

This is one of my favorite picks of the day, and I’ll lay the points with New York. 

Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Boston Celtics: OVER 227.5 (-110)

The Wolves are the best OVER team in the NBA, going 44-31 this season, and that number improves when they are on the road. 

As great as Boston’s defense has been this season, ranking No. 1 in the NBA in defensive rating, I don’t think the Celtics will completely shut down a fast-paced Wolves attack in this game. 

Minnesota has cleared 227.5 points in nine of its 13 games this month. It’s also worth noting that the team is No. 7 in offensive rating over the last 10 games. 

In addition, the Celtics have the best offensive rating in the NBA over their last 10 games, which makes me lean to the OVER on Sunday. 

Both of these teams have been extremely efficient scoring the ball, and with the Wolves’ penchant for pushing the pace (No. 1 in the NBA), I think we get plenty of possessions and points tonight. 

Devin Booker OVER 36.5 Points, Rebounds and Assists (-130)

Devin Booker is averaging 26.3 points, 5.1 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game while shooting 46.2 percent from the field and 37.5 percent from beyond the arc this season. 

However, he’s been ever better over his last 10 games, averaging 30.4 points, 4.7 rebounds and 7.0 assists per game. Booker is shooting nearly 55 percent from the field over that stretch and he’s cleared this line in eight of his last 10 games. 

Chris Paul’s return may lead to some regression in the assist column for Booker, but he’s still going to fill it up as a scorer.