NBA Betting Preview and Best Bets (February 25): Eastern Conference Contenders in Action

Eddie Griffin

Thursday’s NBA betting schedule puts a spotlight on the Eastern Conference, as the leading contenders in the East are all in action tonight.

The Philadelphia 76ers are still holding on to top spot in the East, thanks to NBA MVP hopeful Joel Embiid. They will look to hold on for one more day as they host the Orlando Magic tonight. The Brooklyn Nets, who are the favorite to win the conference title, are only a half-game behind as they look for their eighth straight win tonight. And the Milwaukee Bucks are right there in the mix as well and are playing well again after a five-game losing streak. The Bucks sit two games behind the 76ers heading into tonight’s showdown with Zion Williamson, Brandon Ingram, and the New Orleans Pelicans.

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February 25 NBA Betting Schedule

Dallas Mavericks vs Philadelphia 76ers, 7:00 pm ET, TNT

Orlando Magic vs Brooklyn Nets, 7:30 pm ET

Sacramento Kings vs New York Knicks, 7:30 pm ET

Los Angeles Clippers vs Memphis Grizzlies, 8:00 pm ET

Washington Wizards vs Denver Nuggets, 9:00 pm ET

New Orleans Pelicans vs Milwaukee Bucks, 9:30 pm ET, TNT

February 25 NBA Betting Game of the Day

Dallas Mavericks vs Philadelphia 76ers

For an in-depth look at this game, check out our Mavs vs 76ers preview.

February 25 NBA Betting Odds and Trends

NBA betting odds are via FanDuel Sportsbook as of Thursday, February 25 at 5:00 pm ET. Click here for updated NBA betting odds.

Mavericks vs 76ers

NBA Betting Matchup: Dallas Mavericks (15-15, 7-7 away, 13-17-0 ATS, 15-15-0 O/U) vs Philadelphia 76ers (21-11, 13-2 home, 16-15-1 ATS, 17-15-0 O/U)

Key Mavericks vs 76ers Trends: The OVER is 7-3-0 in the Mavs’ last 10 games, and it is 9-6-0 in the Sixers’ home games this season.

Magic vs Nets

NBA Betting Matchup: Orlando Magic (13-19, 5-10 away, 15-17-0 ATS, 14-17-1 O/U) vs Brooklyn Nets (21-12, 12-5 home, 17-16 ATS, 23-10-0 O/U)

Key Magic vs Nets Trends: The Nets are 7-0 SU and ATS in their last seven games. The Magic are 4-8-0 ATS in their last 12 road games, and the Nets are 8-4-0 in their last 12 home games. The OVER is 12-5-0 in Nets home games this season. The OVER is 8-6-1 in Orlando’s road games this season.

Kings vs Knicks

NBA Betting Matchup: Sacramento Kings (12-19, 5-8 away, 13-18-0 ATS, 21-10-0 O/U) vs New York Knicks (15-17, 8-7 home, 17-15-0 ATS, 10-22-0 O/U)

Key Kings vs Knicks Trends: The Knicks are 6-4 SU and 7-3-0 ATS in their last 10 games, and they are 6-3 SU and ATS in their last nine home games. The Kings have lost eight in a row SU and ATS. The OVER has hit in Sacramento’s last seven games. In that stretch, they have allowed an average of 125.4 points per game.

Clippers vs Grizzlies

NBA Betting Matchup: Los Angeles Clippers (23-10, 11-4 away, 19-14-0 ATS, 20-12-1 O/U) vs Memphis Grizzlies (13-14, 6-9 home, 14-13-0 ATS, 15-12-0 O/U)

Key Clippers vs Grizzlies Trends: The OVER is 8-2-0 in the Grizzlies’ last 10 games, and it is 5-1-0 at home in that stretch. The OVER is 9-3-1 in the Clippers’ last 13 games, and it is 10-5-0 in their road games this season.

Wizards vs Nuggets

NBA Betting Matchup: Washington Wizards (11-18, 6-9 away, 14-15-0 ATS, 16-13-0 O/U) vs Denver Nuggets (17-14, 9-6 home, 13-18-0 ATS, 21-10-0 O/U)

Key Wizards vs Nuggets Trends: The Wizards lost Tuesday night to the Clippers, but they are 5-1 SU and ATS in their last six games. They beat the Nuggets 130-128 at home eight days ago as a 4.5-point underdog. The OVER is 10-5-0 in Denver’s home games this season, and it is 8-3-0 in Washington’s games against Western Conference teams.

Pelicans vs Bucks

NBA Betting Matchup: New Orleans Pelicans (14-17, 5-10 away, 13-18-0 ATS, 23-8-0 O/U) vs Milwaukee Bucks (19-13, 12-4 home, 16-16-0 ATS, 19-12-1 O/U)

Key Pelicans vs Bucks Trends: The only trend that really needs to be mentioned is that the OVER is 24-3-0 in Pelicans games. But beyond that, the OVER has hit in the Pelicans’ last ten games, and it is 9-1-0 in their last ten road games. Also, the OVER is 10-6-0 in the Bucks’ home games, and it is 9-4-0 in their games against Western Conference teams. That includes a 131-126 loss at New Orleans on January 29.

February 25 Fantastic Five NBA Best Bets

  • 1. Pelicans vs Bucks OVER (Best Bet): This is the best bet until it loses. Also, the Bucks put up 128 and 139 in their last two games.
  • 2. Mavericks vs 76ers OVER: This was covered in our Mavs vs 76ers preview, but the over is the best bet for this game.
  • 3. Clippers vs Grizzlies OVER: There should be points aplenty in Memphis tonight.
  • 4. Wizards vs Nuggets OVER: Their last meeting was a high-scoring one, and this one should be as well.
  • 5. Kings vs Knicks OVER: The Knicks have the fewest overs in the league, but the over is the way to go tonight, given the Kings’ recent defensive results.

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