Top 10 Most Heated Rivalries In NBA

The NBA is a league driven by star power and rivalries and it’s had plenty of both during its existence. Constantly squaring off with top tier opponents on a yearly basis for the right to move on in the playoffs and/or win a championship is where great rivalries are born. Whether it’s a natural rivalry between two teams trying to step over one another to reach the Finals, or battling for the Larry O’Brien Trophy itself, this Top 10 piece takes a look at the most heated NBA rivalries. 

Heated NBA Rivalries Of The Past 30 Years

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Best NBA Rivalries Of Recent Memory

There is no denying the fact that games and playoff series between the teams that are mentioned on this list are some of the best the NBA has to offer each season. The recent NBA Finals between Golden State and Cleveland have been edge-of-your-seat type stuff for NBA fans of any team and great rivalries always add that extra bit of excitement and entertainment value to being an NBA fan. The hatred and desire to get over a rival is what drives these NBA players to be at their best every time out on the floor and although some of these Top 10 entrants involve teams that have seen their rivalries die down lately, there are always new ones forming and the hope that the rivalry can be rekindled in a new era like the Lakers/Celtics one has been on multiple occasions. 

Rivalry games can provide a decided edge one way or another for NBA bettors as handicappers generally know what they’ll get when rivals meet up. Rivalry matchups can also have an impact on other games as bettors can take advantage of potential “look ahead” or “letdown” spots when these great teams either have a rivalry matchup on deck or have just gotten through one.

For example, the first time Golden State and Cleveland meet in the 2016-17 season (Christmas Day) will be a highly hyped game. Along with betting on a point spread or outright winner for that contest, bettors may want to go against the Warriors and Cavs in their respective games before and after that meeting as there is no question that both have circled that rematch on the calendar.

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Away Score Home Money Line
Monday 27 March
FT Detroit Pistons 95 - 109 New York Knicks -112 +105 Odds
FT Orlando Magic 112 - 131 Toronto Raptors +275 -345 Odds
FT Cleveland Cavaliers 74 - 103 San Antonio Spurs +175 -213 Odds
FT Thunder 92 - 91 Dallas Mavericks -120 +115 Odds
FT Pelicans 100 - 108 Utah Jazz +220 -263 Odds
FT Memphis Grizzlies 90 - 91 Sacramento Kings -263 +255 Odds
Tuesday 28 March
FT Wolves 115 - 114 Indiana Pacers +160 -175 Odds
FT Milwaukee Bucks 118 - 108 Charlotte Hornets +165 -169 Odds
FT Philadelphia 76ers 106 - 101 Brooklyn Nets +165 -175 Odds
FT Miami Heat 97 - 96 Detroit Pistons -145 +140 Odds
FT Phoenix Suns 91 - 95 Atlanta Hawks +480 -400 Odds
FT Warriors 113 - 106 Houston Rockets +103 -118 Odds
FT Denver Nuggets 113 - 122 Blazers +125 -110 Odds
FT Washington Wizards 95 - 101 L.A. Lakers -556 +350 Odds
Wednesday 29 March
AOT Thunder 114 - 106 Orlando Magic -208 +175 Odds
FT Atlanta Hawks 99 - 92 Philadelphia 76ers -145 +125 Odds
FT Charlotte Hornets 110 - 106 Toronto Raptors +190 -233 Odds
FT Milwaukee Bucks 103 - 100 Boston Celtics +275 -303 Odds
FT Miami Heat 105 - 88 New York Knicks -135 +130 Odds
FT Dallas Mavericks 118 - 121 Pelicans +220 -263 Odds
FT Indiana Pacers 97 - 110 Memphis Grizzlies +177 -169 Odds
FT Warriors 110 - 98 San Antonio Spurs +168 -179 Odds
FT Utah Jazz 112 - 82 Sacramento Kings -286 +285 Odds
FT Washington Wizards 124 - 133 L.A. Clippers +250 -256 Odds
Thursday 30 March
Brooklyn Nets 19:30 Detroit Pistons +210 -227 Odds
L.A. Lakers 20:00 Wolves +540 -370 Odds
Cleveland Cavaliers 20:00 Chicago Bulls -208 +190 Odds
L.A. Clippers 22:00 Phoenix Suns -455 +350 Odds
Houston Rockets 22:30 Blazers -112 -102 Odds
Friday 31 March
Indiana Pacers 19:00 Toronto Raptors
Denver Nuggets 19:00 Charlotte Hornets
Orlando Magic 19:30 Boston Celtics
Philadelphia 76ers 19:30 Cleveland Cavaliers
New York Knicks 20:00 Miami Heat
Sacramento Kings 20:00 Pelicans
Dallas Mavericks 20:00 Memphis Grizzlies
Detroit Pistons 20:00 Milwaukee Bucks
San Antonio Spurs 20:00 Thunder
Washington Wizards 21:00 Utah Jazz
Houston Rockets 22:30 Warriors
Saturday 01 April
L.A. Lakers 15:30 L.A. Clippers
Atlanta Hawks 17:00 Chicago Bulls
Orlando Magic 18:00 Brooklyn Nets
Sacramento Kings 20:00 Wolves
Phoenix Suns 22:00 Blazers
Sunday 02 April
Boston Celtics 13:00 New York Knicks
Charlotte Hornets 15:00 Thunder
Dallas Mavericks 15:30 Milwaukee Bucks
Memphis Grizzlies 15:30 L.A. Lakers
Utah Jazz 15:30 San Antonio Spurs
Chicago Bulls 18:00 Pelicans
Indiana Pacers 18:00 Cleveland Cavaliers
Denver Nuggets 18:00 Miami Heat
Atlanta Hawks 18:00 Brooklyn Nets
Philadelphia 76ers 18:00 Toronto Raptors
Washington Wizards 20:00 Warriors
Houston Rockets 21:00 Phoenix Suns

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