ONLY three days left in the regular season so be careful where you tread.
Toronto are at Detroit who were beaten on the road by Memphis last night. DeRozan and JV were rested in the win against Orlando so should be back tonight to finish the season off with a W.
Chicago @ Brooklyn – This is a difficult one. Both teams have exactly the same win %. Do we win, do we tank? Leave that one alone…
OKC @ Miami – OKC are tied with the Pelicans and Spurs in the west so any kind of W tonight will be important. Miami are tied in the east with the Bucks, so could do with a W themsleves. Potentially take the over on the alternate but we’ll wait for line movement.
Cleveland @ New York – Cleveland are now a game behind the 76ers so will need to win both their remaining games and hope Philly slip up. Good news for Cleveland is their final two games are against the Knicks. Starting tonight at the MSG. Should win here but expect a double digit spread when the lines eventually come out.
Orlando @ Milwaukee – The only side fighting here is the Bucks. They beat the Knicks without Giannis the other night but there is no chance I’ll be taking them if he sits again. statistically they are the worst side in the playoffs with the only team to have a minus point differential. Back whoever they come up against in the playoffs.
Memphis @ Minnesota – Huge game for the Timberwolves who can feel the Nuggets breathing down their necks. It’s possible Minnesota could clinch a playoff spot tonight, but they would need some help. The Timberwolves would first have to win. They would also need San Antonio to beat Sacramento and would need Denver to lose to Portland, which on paper looks plausible. Will probably leave this one though as Memphis shot very well in their last outing and hold a 2-0 record against the Wolves this season. Butlers return should help the Wolves though and might be worth their alternate spread in an acca for chance.
Sacramento @ San Antonio – Shouldn’t see too much wrongdoings here. Bar Leonard the Spurs are very healthy coming into the post-season. Big game against New Orleans on Wednesday but they can’t afford to rest anyone with their three-way tie in the west. Spurs on the alternate or HT/FT should do the job.
Portland @ Denver – Another massive game for both teams but more so the Nuggets. Portland have to win one of their two remaining games to hold off the Jazz for the 3rd seed (they play each other on the final day of the regular season which could be huge if they lose tonight). They’ve stumbled slightly though losing three in a row, while Denver are playoff hungry and have won their last five, and last six at home. Wouldn’t like to call this one so maybe worth the alternate over. I’ll see later.
New Orleans @ LA – The Clippers bowed out o the playoff race with their loss to Denver last time out and will potentially be without two more starting guards tonight. Lou Williams is doubtful while Austin Rivers is questionable with an elbow injury he’s struggled with for some time. As said a couple of times, New Orleans are in the three way west race so every win matters at this point. They’ve won three straight and I expect another win in LA.
- Cavaliers -3.5 (12.30am)
- Pelicans -2 (3.30am)
- (7-10, bet – 5 points
- Cavaliers -4.5
- Thunder +4.5
- Spurs HT/FT
- Trail Blazers/Nuggets Over 211.5
- Pelicans -2.5
- (14-5, bet – 1 point