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Can the Sixers make it two from two against the Hawks? Will the Suns sweep the season series over the Jazz and take top spot of the Western Conference? We have all of the answers below, so you won’t want to miss out on this addition of the daily NBA picks.
Atlanta Hawks @ Philadelphia 76ers – 7PM ET
We have a rematch of Wednesday’s action that saw the Philadelphia 76ers run away as massive home winners over the Atlanta Hawks. The 44 point margin was both sides biggest of the season and while Atlanta have their excuses with Trae Young sidelined, this is an embarrassing outcome for what could potentially be a first round matchup.
Young, who had a badly turned ankle last week, has been upgraded to questionable for tonight’s clash, a miraculous turn around considering the severity of his injury just nine days ago. However, it wasn’t just Young in street clothes for Wednesday night’s blowout with Bogdan Bogdanovic (questionable) and Kevin Huerter (OUT) also missing due to injury.
In their absence, John Collins stepped up with 21 points while Lou Williams (10 points) and Clint Capela (nine points) struggled to step up. Atlanta’s 83 points is a season low for them, mainly due to Philadelphia’s incredible defense, which ranks second overall.
— Philadelphia 76ers (@sixers) April 29, 2021
On the other side of the ball, this was a great opportunity for the Sixers to rest their main stars and give their bench players a run, something which will be invaluable come the playoffs, especially if injuries hit. Seth Curry top scored with 20 points, being one of six players to score in double figures, which included three bench players.
The Sixers were able to get 15 players in the game, with no one reaching 26 minutes, meaning they have been kept fresh and rested. That will allow them to come out hard here again, especially with the Hawks playing bruised and battered. Philly are an incredible 24-7 at home this season and need to keep winning, given they are now 1.5 games behind the Nets for top of the conference.
San Antonio Spurs @ Boston Celtics – 7:30PM ET
The Boston Celtics finally stopped their slump, breaking their three game losing streak with an important win over Charlotte on Wednesday night. They now have another tough game, hosting the in-form San Antonio Spurs!
Over their last seven games, the Spurs have gone 5-2 and have only lost to Miami during that stretch. Wednesday’s clash in South Beach saw San Antonio fall short, losing 111-116. Dejounte Murray absolutely showed out for the Spurs, putting up a 22 point triple double while DeMar DeRozan had 20 points and eight assists but the defense is what let them down.
Giving up 116 points to a side that ranks 24th offensively and averages just the 27th most points per game is something that Gregg Popovich will want to change heading into this one. Especially given the form that Boston seemed to find against the Hornets, scoring 120 points without Kemba Walker or Marcus Smart in the lineup.
In their absence, Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum stepped up for the Celtics, scoring 38 and 35 points respectively. Brown shot 7/13 from deep, adding seven boards while Tatum took over the playmaking duties with eight boards and eight assists in the clash. Walker is listed as doubtful for tonight’s clash while Smart is back for Boston and his return will be important against Murray and DeRozan in the backcourt.
Boston has been so out of form lately that many are questioning whether Dainy Ainge has wasted all of the picks they have had over recent years. This team is struggling to find an identity and is running out of time as the playoffs approach. In saying that, with Tatum and Brown on the floor, the Celtics have two of the best two-way wings in the league and Smart’s return adds defensive tenacity and leadership, two things that they need and will help them win here.
Portland Trail Blazers @ Brooklyn Nets – 8PM ET
After losing five straight games, the Portland Trail Blazers seemed to have turned things around over their last two games. They now put that to the ultimate test, playing in Brooklyn against an in-form Nets side that has Kevin Durant healthy and playing incredibly.
With Kyrie Irving sitting out the first night of the back to back set, Durant stepped up to lead the Nets to a 130-113 win in Indiana last night. The former MVP scored 30 of his 42 points in the second half, shooting 66.7% from the field and adding 10 assists too. Durant wasn’t the only one with a big night as Alize Johnson dropped 20 points and 21 boards off the bench.
It will be interesting to see if Irving actually returns and if Durant plays in their second game in as many nights, and given how Portland have played the last two games, the Nets may need them both. As mentioned, the Blazers had fallen hard, losing five straight games and slipping into the play-in zone. They have now come out and won back to back games by 21 points and couldn’t be in any better form.
In other news, Kevin Durant just did this:
The first Nets player with a 40p/10a game on 65% shooting since the three-point era (1980). pic.twitter.com/0UZ8dUxI2Z
— StatMuse (@statmuse) April 30, 2021
Against a Memphis side that beat them at home on two occasions last week, Portland came out hard to prove a point and put the game on ice before half time. A 38-23 first quarter was followed by a 36-23 second quarter, taking a 28 point lead into the main break. Three different players scored at least 23 points, led by CJ McCollum’s 26.
Steve Nash has already indicated that Durant is likely to sit out this clash due to rest, especially with two games in Milwaukee coming up. Given he is out and Irving is still questionable, it is hard to see the Brooklyn bench mob being able to compete with a hungry and in-form Portland side. The Blazers’ last two games have been very impressive and with the Nets potentially missing all three of their All Stars, we are taking Portland as road dogs here.
Utah Jazz @ Phoenix Suns – 10PM ET
This is the biggest game of the night, the week and potentially even the month. With just one game separating the two sides, the Phoenix Suns host the Utah Jazz in a clash that could very well determine who ends up on top of the conference.
If Phoenix were to win this game, they wouldn’t only sweep the season series 3-0, they would cause a tie in overall records between the two sides and take over the top spot of the conference. If Utah were to win, they would create a two game separation between the sides with only nine games remaining in the regular season. Everything is on the line here.
The Jazz come into this one with some extremely mixed form, losing back to back games to the Timberwolves before dropping a season high 154 points on the Kings on Wednesday night. With Mike Conley and Donovan Mitchell sidelined, Bojan Bogdonovic’s team high 24 points led eight different Utah players to score in double figures.
The issue is that they have now lost to this Phoenix side twice, even with Mitchell on the floor on both occasions. Chris Paul has turned the team around and continues to make clutch play after clutch play, willing them to victory. That couldn’t have been on show more in the Suns’ two wins this week, in New York against a side that had won nine straight before that, and against the Clippers who had beaten them twice this season and was 1.5 games behind them in the standings.
In Wednesday’s 109-101 win over LA, Paul put up 28 points, 10 assists and three steals, shooting 66.7% from the field while scoring or assisting on the Suns’ last five field goals to help ice the game. Devin Booker added 21 points in the matchup while Mikal Bridges’ efforts on the defensive end, three steals, two blocks and incredible defense on Paul George, can’t be looked past.
With Phoenix being seemingly injury free whilst Conley and Mitchell both missing again for the Jazz, it is hard to look past the Suns in this one. Phoenix have already proven they can beat Utah and now they face a weakened version with the top spot of the conference on the line, they will be ready to pounce.
Sacramento Kings @ Los Angeles Lakers – 10:30PM ET
We round out the night with the struggling Los Angeles Lakers returning home to host the demoralized Sacramento Kings. With both sides completely out of form, one of them has to turn it around and Sacramento’s recent play may come across better than you would have thought.
While Wednesday’s performance was utterly embarrassing from Sacramento, they beat Dallas the game before, a team that beat Los Angeles twice last week. The NBA certainly isn’t as simple as that, especially when the Kings just gave up 154 points two days ago. While the Kings are missing their leader in De’Aaron Fox, Utah was missing their two best players in Donovan Mitchell and Mike Conley.
Anthony Davis must be better for the Lakers to have a legit chance at repeating as champs! https://t.co/pISJSlbn2I
— Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) April 29, 2021
While Utah has one of the best offenses in the league, this defensive performance from Sacramento is simply unacceptable. LA, who beat the Kings by 21 points in their last matchup, will be looking to capatilise on that and unleash their own offensive barrage with Anthony Davis, Dennis Schroder and Andre Drummond leading the way.
That trio wasn’t enough for the Lakers, who fell to one of the hottest teams in the league on Wednesday, 107-116. Davis had a team high 26 points while Drummond dominated the interior with 17 points and 11 boards but ultimately couldn’t keep up despite winning the first quarter 35-31.
This Sacramento side is much worse than the Washington team that the Lakers just faced, and despite the Kings expected to have a much better performance than Wednesday, it may not be enough. They are a much lesser team with Fox on the sidelines while LA still has Davis to keep them afloat despite LeBron James still out with his ankle injury.
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