Top NBA Picks and Predictions for March 27 (Suns, Lakers, One Total to Play on Sunday)

Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James.
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Looking to bet on the NBA on Sunday?

The BetSided team has you covered, as Peter Dewey and Joe Summers have broke down some of their favorite picks for today's action:

Let's get into the picks, with all odds via WynnBET:

Utah Jazz vs. Dallas Mavericks Prediction and Pick

Neither team has been particularly impressive in March but is cause for concern with the Mavericks despite their 9-4 record this month. Over the last 10 games, Dallas ranks 26th leaguewide in offensive rating. Their defense (12th in rating) has kept them afloat but they face a Jazz team today that has a top-10 offense and defense during that stretch.

Utah is on a three-game losing streak, sure. But those games all came against teams that are in the top 10 in net rating this month (Hornets, Celtics, Nets) and they'd won three in a row prior to that.

That being said, I cannot trust the Jazz on the road. They're 4-15-1 against the spread (ATS) in their last 20 games away from home, including just one cover in their last nine tries. Dallas, meanwhile, is excellent at home, going 8-3 ATS over its previous 11.

I'm worried about both of these teams, so I'll be looking to the total instead of the spread. The Mavericks play at the slowest pace in the league and as their offense has struggled but their defense has remained steady, the under has been nearly automatic. It's 8-2 in their last 10 games and an absurd 28-9 in Dallas home games.

The under is a strong play in Jazz matchups too. It's 7-1 over their last eight road games and 10-3 in their last 13 overall. I think this trend continues and we see a slow-paced, low-scoring contest.

Pick: Under 214 (-110) -- Joe Summers

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Los Angeles Lakers vs. New Orleans Pelicans Prediction and Pick

The Pelicans are just 6-18 when Ingram sits this season, but he reportedly could make his return for the team after sitting out Saturday’s loss to the Spurs. 

That would certainly swing things in New Orleans’ favor, but the Pels are just 2-11 straight up and 6-7 against the spread in back-to-backs this season. 

Because of that, I’m not confident in laying four points with New Orleans even against a Lakers team that has underachieved all season long. 

With LeBron questionable I’m not going to pick an outright upset until his status is confirmed, but the Lakers should be able to keep this game close on Sunday. 

Lean: Lakers +4 (-110) -- Peter Dewey

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Philadelphia 76ers vs. Phoenix Suns Prediction and Pick

The Sixers have been solid against the spread when they’re road underdogs, going 10-5 ATS this season, but I’m not sure I can get to them at this number against Phoenix. 

The Suns are a well-oiled machine that just got arguably their best player back in the lineup, and the Sixers have shown they are vulnerable against some of the league’s top teams, even after acquiring Harden. 

Phoenix is No. 3 in offensive rating and No. 5 in defensive rating over its last 10 games while the Sixers are 15th and 10th in those respective categories. The Suns have won seven straight for a reason, and I won’t fade them in this spot at home. 

Lean: Suns -4 (-110) -- Peter Dewey