On the NBA schedule for Sunday March 19th are 8 games to the satisfaction of pro basketball bettors worldwide. Two games will air on national television.
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The televised action gets underway at 6PM Eastern Time on NBA TV as the Toronto Raptors will host the Indiana Pacers. The current odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business has the home side Toronto Raptors favored by -3 ½ points with an over under odds of 201 ½ points. Indiana has been trading wins and losses over their past ten games as they are 5-5. The Pacers sit at 35-33 while the Raptors are 40-29. The playoffs are just a month away and the Indiana Pacers currently sit in the sixth seed in the Eastern conference and hold a 2 ½ game lead over the ninth seeded Detroit Pistons for the final playoff spot with 14 games remaining. Toronto is the fourth seed in the Eastern conference and has a three game lead over the Atlanta Hawks for the fourth seed and home court advantage in the first round of the playoffs. Indiana ranks in the top eight of the NBA in both field goal and three point shooting defense. They have held their past five opponents to under 100 points. The Pacers have shown improvement on the offensive side of the court this season as they make 46% and 37% from the three point line. That ranks ninth in the lead in those areas. Toronto enters play after an 87-75 road victory to the Pistons covering as a 3 ½ point underdog. Raptors have dropped three of four prior to that victory at Detroit.
The late night game gets going at 9:30PM Eastern Time on NBA TV as the LA Lakers will have a home date with the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Cavaliers hold a 1 ½ game lead over the seventh seeded Boston Celtics for the first seed in the Eastern conference. The Cavaliers will look to rebound after a 108-78 road defat to the LA Clippers on Saturday night. The Cavs sat LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love. The Lakers have lost four straight after a 107-103 home defeat to Milwaukee on Friday.