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Top 3 NBA Computer Picks for March 2: Clippers and Warriors Fight to Move up the Standings

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Russell Westbrook 0 of the Los Angeles Clippers plays the Denver Nuggets on February 26 2023 Matthew StockmanGetty ImagesAFP

We have an exciting Thursday night NBA slate with many spots to target to make winning wagers. Using the OddsTrader BetStation app, we can find out in which games the OddsTrader algorithm has found the biggest edges.

The free OddsTrader BetStation app is designed to give us a baseline expectation of what’s most likely to happen, so we can find the games on the NBA odds board that have the highest potential profit margin, and hammer them with appropriately sized bets.

Those margins are still pretty small: Even a 5-star “deadbolt lock” is going to be a 60/40 flip at best. It’s anything but rare to end up 0-3 (or 3-0) when you make three NBA picks; more often, you’ll go 2-1 or 1-2. Let’s see which of these 3 advantage spots our money falls into tonight.

Picks Summary

  • Raptors vs. Wizards: Washington Wizards +2 (-110) at Caesars Sportsbook
  • 76ers vs. Mavericks: Over 228.5 (-110) at Caesars Sportsbook
  • Clippers vs. Warriors: Over 231.5 at Caesars Sportsbook

Toronto Raptors vs. Washington Wizards

Thursday, March 02, 2023 – 07:00 PM EST at Capital One Arena



The Toronto Raptors are sitting in ninth place in the Eastern Conference. Tonight they face the team that is right behind them in the standings, the Washington Wizards. The Raptors can increase their lead over the Wizards with a win in Washington tonight.

Who Will Win With Playoff Position on the Line?

The OddsTrader A.I. generated model has the Washington Wizards defeating the Toronto Raptors 116-111.

Yet the Wizards are two-point underdogs. The computer has found a nice 7-point edge for us to bet.

NBA Pick: Washington Wizards +2 (-110) at Caesars Sportsbook


Philadelphia 76ers vs. Dallas Mavericks

Thursday, March 02, 2023 – 07:30 PM EST at American Airlines Center



The Philadelphia 76ers got a win in Miami on Wednesday night. Now they will be in Dallas to take on the Mavericks for the second game of their five-game road trip. The 76ers played last night without Joel Embiid. Yet they can get it done as they are 9-4 when Embiid does not play this season.

The Mavericks enter tonight’s game on a two-game losing streak. Their most recent outing was a 124-122 home loss to the Indiana Pacers. The Mavericks will be looking to bounce back tonight. Dallas is looking to make a push up the standings. However, they are still integrating their new star Kyrie Irving into the lineup.

This comes on the heels of the Mavericks blowing a 27-point lead in a nationally televised game on Sunday against the Los Angeles Lakers. The Mavericks will be looking to turn things around when they face one of the Eastern Conference’s top teams tonight.

Why Did the Books Post this Total So Low?

Tonight’s total is set by the books at 228.5. Our OddsTrader A.I. prediction has the final score of this game at 118-118. Obviously, the game cannot end in a tie, yet it does bode well for betting the over.

Our second computer pick has a 7.5-point edge. That is the type of edge we are looking for when running NBA models. The OddsTrader A.I. prediction has this game at 236 and the books are currently listing this total at 228.5.

NBA Pick: Over 228.5 (-110) at Caesars Sportsbook


Los Angeles Clippers vs. Golden State Warriors

Thursday, March 2, 2023 – 10:00 PM EST at Chase Center



Two teams with championship aspirations will take the court in San Francisco tonight when the Golden State Warriors face the Los Angeles Clippers. The teams are tied for 5th place in the Western Conference and we should expect a spirited affair as these teams try to move up the standings.

Will This Game Go Over the Total?

Since adding Russell Westbrook to the team, the Los Angeles Clippers have been playing at a higher pace. Just three games ago, the Clippers were involved in the second-highest scoring game in NBA history, a 176-175 loss to the Sacramento Kings.

Our computer algorithm has projected the final score of this game to be 123-120 in favor of the Golden State Warriors. With the total set at 231.5, we have a 12.5-point edge on betting the game to go Over.

Bet accordingly; the A.I. has spoken.

NBA Pick: Over 231.5 at Caesars Sportsbook


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