I’m give you a “Reader’s Digest” version of the action in the National Basketball Association today so grab a beverage and get a few insights on today’s games.
Boston (+8.5) at Indiana – The Celtics trail the Pacers by two full games right now and more importantly they trail eighth seed Charlotte by just a game. The good news for Boston is that they’ve won three straight and seven of their last ten. The bad news? The Pacers have won seven straight and nine of their last ten. Indiana has the best record in the NBA since the All-Star Break.
The Pick: Take the C’s getting the points.
Milwaukee (NL) at Memphis – Clearly the Grizzlies will be favored in this one especially with them playing at home in Memphis. Check out bovada.lv for updated lines. Either way, both teams are under .500 in their last ten games and for two teams headed to the postseason I’m not sure that’s a good thing.
The Pick: Take Memphis to cover.
Sacramento (+8.5) at Washington – The Kings have seen better years. They’ve won just nine times on the road and if it weren’t for the Lakers and Timberwolves they’d be the worst team in the Western Conference. They hit the road and end up on the other side of the continent where the Wizards await. Washington has won their last two and is right in the thick of the Eastern Conference playoff race.
The Pick: I like the Wizards to cover.
Brooklyn (-5) at Philadelphia – About two weeks ago the Nets seemed poised to sneak into the Eastern Conference playoff race. Now, they’ve lost five straight and their chances of the playoffs are almost non-existent. The Sixers have won just 15 games this season which to be honest, is actually more than a lot of people thought they would. Considering they’ve won three of their last ten, that’s actually a decent stretch when you think about it.
The Pick: Take the Sixers getting the points at home.
Detroit (+7.5) at Utah – Neither of these teams is going anywhere in terms of the playoffs yet the two teams are going in completely opposite directions. The Pistons have lost nine in a row and are a classic case of a team that sees it’s season is over. Utah hasn’t thrown the towel in yet though and that has to be a good feeling heading into next season. The Jazz have won four in a row and eight of their last ten.
The Pick: Take the Jazz at home to cover.
New York (+19.5) at Golden State – My gosh… Talk about two teams at complete opposite ends of the spectrum. The Warriors have won seven of their last ten games while the Knicks have dropped seven of their last ten. New York is in last place in the entire Eastern Conference while Golden State has stretched their lead in the West to six and a half games over second seeded Memphis.
The Pick: This is incredibly hard with all of those points but I’ll take the Warriors to cover at home.