GIVE props to the fixture selector in the NBA this season as its brought up some big names on the final day of the regular schedule and there are some massive games tonight.
No more bigger than the Nuggets/Timberwolves matchup. Its win and in for either side. Its not a match I can bring myself to bet on a side as there’s too much at stake, and while the Timberwolves are favoured, at the end of the day they hold the last seed in the west so are no world beaters. I do like the alternate over here though.
Washington head to Orlando fighting for the 7th seed in the east. No team wants to face the Raptors and would much prefer a game against the Celtics without Kyrie. Expect Washington to come out on top as they did last night against Boston, with Miami at home to the Raptors who are still going for their win total but will likely face a tougher test.
Portland hosting Utah is another big game who with the winner locking up the 3rd west seed. If the Blazers lose, they could feasibly fall as low as the No. 5 seed if San Antonio beats New Orleans and Memphis beats OKC. By defeating the Warriors on Tuesday, Utah ensured that it will not fall below the No. 5 spot even with a loss to Portland.
The Pelicans host the Spurs with both teams tied with OKC in the middle of the west. The best the Pelicans can do is hang onto No. 5 with a win over San Antonio Wednesday, or fall as low as No. 8 depending on other outcomes. San Antonio still has a chance to get a top-four seed with a win, but they need Memphis to knock off OKC and Utah to beat Portland.
OKC are big favourites at home for good reason. They still have a path to a top-four seed, and there are actually pretty good odds of it happening. If OKC beats Memphis, and Portland beats the Jazz, no matter what else happens the Thunder will be No. 4.
Cleveland are big favourites at home to the Knicks. They can jump to No. 3 with a win and a Sixers loss to the Bucks. Cleveland cannot fall out of the No. 4 spot. Very short though so careful even on the alternate.
Milwaukee gets the No. 6 seed with a win over Philly. If the Bucks lose, they need Miami to also lose to Toronto and/or Washington to lose to Orlando.
The Heat need a win and a Milwaukee loss to jump into the No. 6 seed.
After beating Boston on Tuesday, Washington can still jump to No. 6 in one scenario: If they beat Orlando tonight, Philly beats Milwaukee and Toronto beats Miami. No. 7 and No. 8 are in play as well.
Small stakes and save your money for the post-season.
- Wizards ML (1am)
- Nuggets/Timberwolves Over 207.5 (1am)
- (49-50, bet – 2.5 points