NBA Predictions and Top Picks – February 25, 2021

| February 24, 2021 1:58 pm PDT

The NBA gets a treat on Thursday, as two potential NBA MVP hopefuls square off in the first game of the night.

Joel Embiid and the 76ers host Luka Doncic and the Mavs in a thrilling showdown of two of the most exciting teams in the NBA.

That’s the marquee game of the night, but there’s a lot more going on in this six-game slate. 

See who else is in action on February 25th, 2021.

  • Dallas Mavericks vs. Philadelphia 76ers
  • Orlando Magic vs. Brooklyn Nets
  • Sacramento Kings vs. New York Knicks
  • Los Angeles Clippers vs. Memphis Grizzlies
  • Washington Wizards vs. Denver Nuggets
  • New Orleans Pelicans vs. Milwaukee Bucks

Doncic vs. Embiid takes the cake, but it’s just one game to watch and bet on. Big names like Giannis Antetokounmpo, Kawhi Leonard, Nikola Jokic, and more will also be hitting the hardwood on Thursday.

Looking to place some bets? Before you do, check out my NBA predictions and top betting picks.

Dallas Mavericks vs. Philadelphia 76ers Predictions

  • 76ers to beat Mavericks
  • Predicted total: 225-230

Perhaps the game of the night goes down in Philly, where the 21-11 Sixers cling to first place in the Eastern Conference.

Joel Embiid continues his NBA MVP tour, as he’s putting up nearly 30 points and 11 rebounds per game.

Luka Doncic is on the other side, and he’s been about as good. He also dropped in a season-defining moment with a clutch game-winner in his last outing.

This game is a toss-up, but Dallas has injuries they’re dealing with, and they’re on the road. Philly also offers more defensive potential, and they happen to be pretty tough to beat (13-2) at home.

For the best bet in this game, check out this Mavericks vs. 76ers betting preview.

Orlando Magic vs. Brooklyn Nets Predictions

  • Nets to beat Magic
  • Predicted total: 225-230

The previously defensively inept Nets are still having issues on that end of the floor, but now they’re consistently winning.

Even without Kevin Durant, the Nets are on a roll these days, having won seven straight. 

Opponent Score Result
Pacers 104-94 Won
Warriors 134-117 Won
Kings 136-125 Won
Suns 128-124 Won
Lakers 109-98 Won
Clippers 112-108 Won
Kings 127-118 Won

They’re now right behind the 76ers for the best record in the Eastern Conference, and they’ll be pressing to take over first place tonight.

Philly has to lose to oblige, but I expect the Nets to hold up their end of the bargain.

Nikola Vucevic could destroy them down low, but the Magic have little else to throw at the Nets as a retort. There should be plenty of offense here, but the safest bet on the board is the Nets getting that 8th win in a row.

Sacramento Kings vs. New York Knicks Predictions

  • Kings to beat Knicks
  • Predicted total: 220-225

New York couldn’t contain Stephen Curry and the Warriors in their last loss, but this is still a decent Knicks team that competes on a regular basis.

There’s nothing sexy to see here, of course, as New York struggles offensively and only puts up 103 points per game.

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It’s a sharp contrast of styles when the Kings come to town, to be sure. I favor Sacramento’s faster pace and offensive upside, while this feels like the perfect spot for them to snap a nasty eight-game skid.

Los Angeles Clippers vs. Memphis Grizzlies Predictions

  • Clippers to beat Grizzlies
  • Predicted total: 220-225

This is a possible spot for the Clippers to rest some guys, so keep track of who is in or out for L.A. before betting on this game.

Lou Williams missed the team’s last game, and he’ll be the first guy to track, while superstars Kawhi Leonard and Paul George are always rest candidates.

Los Angeles has otherwise been a fun team to back. They just downed the Wizards at home, and 23-10 on the year (6-4 over their last 10).

Memphis has some nice young talent, and they’re at home, but they’ve also been pretty banged up. Unless key players are out, the Clippers are the clear bet.

Washington Wizards vs. Denver Nuggets Predictions

  • Nuggets to beat Wizards
  • Predicted total: 230-235

The Wizards are unstoppable, it appears. After being left for dead following a brutal start to the season, they’re now on fire with a 5-1 record over their last five games.

Washington did just fall to the Clippers in their last game, however, and now they have to head to Denver.

While the hot run is worth noting, the Wizards are still awfully tough to trust. I don’t mind giving the Over a cursory glance or even considering the Wiz to beat the spread, but Denver is winning this game.

New Orleans Pelicans vs. Milwaukee Bucks Predictions

  • Bucks to beat Pelicans
  • Predicted total: 230-235

After a rough patch (four losses in a row), the Bucks have bounced back. They have some fans in the stands these days, and on Thursday, they’ll be looking for their fourth straight win.

Milwaukee is the obvious favorite here and the easy call as they keep this winning streak going. They’re the much better team, and they’re 12-4 at home this year.

Just don’t ignore the return of the spurned Eric Bledsoe. He was none too pleased after the Bucks traded him, and he hung 25 points on his former team the last time he saw them.

More revenge could be on its way for Bledsoe in a return to Milwaukee. I think the Bucks still hold on for the win, but the Pels ATS and the Over are two solid secondary bets. 

Best NBA Bets for Thursday, February 25th

  • 76ers to Win (-182) -110
  • Magic vs. Nets Over 228 (-110)
  • Kings to Win (+117)

These are the best NBA bets, in my opinion. Secondary wagers include Dallas (+4.5), Memphis (+8) if the Clippers rest anyone, and the Over in the Mavs vs. 76ers game.

I am not enamored with a lot of the other spreads and game totals, and most of the other moneylines are a tad egregious.

I love Philly to keep it going at home tonight. They’re 13-2 on their home floor, and Dallas won’t have any answer for Joel Embiid down low.

Most Nets games are in flames, so while the Magic aren’t a very reliable offense, the matchup should be good enough to where they contribute to the Over.

Sacramento is reeling, but the Knicks are down their starting point guard. It’s a nice value for the Kings to get back on track.

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Noah Davis
Noah Davis

Noah Davis is one of the more diverse writers at GamblingSites.com. Like many of his colleagues, he's a huge fan of both football and basketball. But he also writes about box office records, TV show prop bets, DFS, and all kinds of other subjects.

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