We have examined the schedule and selected the five games we know our fans want to watch and bet on! Don’t miss out on our in depth analysis and NBA picks for each of the five games below!
New York Knicks @ Brooklyn Nets – 7PM ET
Brooklyn head into this clash against their local rivals as a picture of a perfect team. They have all of Kyrie Irving, James Harden and Kevin Durant on their roster. They are exactly what New York aspires to be.
Every time the off-season rolls around/the trade deadline as well, all you hear about is how much the Knicks want to acquire a couple of superstars in order to become the dominant force in the Eastern Conference. So, with the stars against the kid’s, it’s bound to get interesting.
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— NEW YORK KNICKS (@nyknicks) April 4, 2021
The Nets latest clash saw them shockingly go down to the Bulls by 8 points. Irving produced 24PTS, while Lamarcus Aldridge had 11 and Blake Griffin 10. They converted 12/27, 5/10 and 4/9 shots respectively. While both Jeff Green and Landry Shamet were powerful off the bench with 21PTS and 13. They shot 58.3% and 40.0% each.
For the Knicks, they are in 7th currently, but they sit just two wins behind the 4th-seeded Hawks. Their last encounter saw them prevail 125-81 over the Pistons. Julius Randle led the way with 29PTS, 8REB and 3AST. While Reggie Bullock capably backed him up with 22PTS, 5REB, 1AST and 1STL.
Look for this match to be keenly contested and for somebody such as an Irving or a Randle to decide it off their own back.
Washington Wizards @ Toronto Raptors – 7PM ET
With Toronto currently possessing a 19-30 record and Washington at 17-30 both sides are desperately scrambling at the moment in an attempt to reach the play in spots in the East. The Wizards having lost 11 of their previous 14 games desperately need a W.
For Toronto their last clash was a 53-point beating of the Warriors, so they have the form here. Ultimately it will be the desire to turn form around or a hot clash itself that wins out here.
In comparison the Raptors made 15/35 of theirs against Golden State, good for 42.9% shooting. Gary Trent Jr. was hot as he hit 6/9 from deep, while Pascal Siakam also shot 4/9 from beyond the arc. How the two teams shoot the three-ball will have a fairly heavy influence on the outcome of this match.
The Raptors had also lost their last four games prior to the Warriors thrashing. Those clashes ended as 103-113 vs OKC, 104-118 vs DET, 117-122 vs POR and 100-104 vs PHX. Whether or not their previous form of the Golden State dub is their true form will be on display right here.
Utah Jazz @ Dallas Mavericks – 7PM ET
Utah is 16-9 on the road currently which is the second-best away record in the NBA this season. They face the Mavericks in Dallas who are currently the 7th seed in the West. And when these teams last met in January of this year, the Jazz won back-to-back games, 120-101 and 116-104. Unless they can change something here the Mavs will be getting beat hard … again.
Over those two clashes Rudy Gobert produced 17PTS and 29. He also pulled in 12REB and 20 as well. Whilst on the campaign the 2X NBA DPOY is averaging 14.6PPG and 13.2RPG. And with Dallas having leaked 106 or more points in 5 of their last 7 games Gobert could have a massive performance if he is positioned well both shooting and rebounding-wise.
— Dallas Mavericks (@dallasmavs) April 5, 2021
Without fully discrediting the Mavs they have won their past two clashes, 109-87 against Washington and 99-86 vs New York. In their 13-point victory against the Wizards they had six players score in double-figures. They were L. Doncic with 26PTS, J. Brunson with 19, T. Hardway Jr. with 16, B. Marjanovic with 15, D. Finney-Smith with 11 and N. Melli with 10.
If Gobert doesn’t star, then perhaps a team-effort could see Dallas through with what would be their 28th win of the campaign? We’ll just have to wait and see.
Sacramento Kings @ Minnesota Timberwolves – 7PM ET
Between the Kings and the Timberwolves this season you have a dismal 66 defeats and just 34 wins. It’s a no wonder they are placed 12th and last in the West respectively! These ‘lottery’ games are usually fun to watch because of the young talent involved with both sides, but that’s about as far as it stretches.
In Sacramento’s latest one-point defeat to Milwaukee 23-year-old PG and former NO.5 pick De’Aaron Fox produced 27PTS. He also went a perfect 5/5 from the FT line. That while some of his other stats included 3REB, 6AST, 1STL and 1BLK.
For the Timberwolves Jaden McDaniels put in a decent shift in their 9-point loss to Philly as the former McDonald’s All-American scored 14PTS and hit a pair of triples. He also got 8REB, 1AST, 1STL and 2BLK. He’s a jack of all trades and against the defensively weak Kings there’s no telling what sort of a performance the 20-year-old F may come up with.
This game probably won’t be the easiest to watch on the eyes and there’ll be a fair few misses, but it will also be nice to get a bit of a glimpse into the future of the NBA as well.
Phoenix Suns @ Houston Rockets – 8PM ET
At the start of the season who would’ve thought that Phoenix would be 2nd in the West with an incredible 34-14 record and Houston 2nd last at 13-36? Certainly not myself and many others included as well. With Chris Paul and Devon Booker set to take on the rebuilding side things may get very out of hand here.
The Suns have won 8 of their last 9 matchups. In comparison the Rockets have been dead set terrible going down in 24 of their last 26 encounters. Houston’s latest loss came as they went down to NOP 122-155. While Phoenix’s latest victory comes as they destroyed OKC 140-103.
— Houston Rockets (@HoustonRockets) April 5, 2021
Paul produced 17PTS and 12AST for his side. While Booker went off for 32PTS as he shot 55.0% (11/20) from the floor. He also registered 5 dimes to his name. And it’s impossible to ignore Cameron Johnson and the work he did coming off the pine. He scored 17PTS hitting 6/9 shots.
During the Rockets drowning at the hands of the Pelicans they had 17 TOs. Prior to that against the Celtics they had 12. And then stretching back to the Nets game they had 13. They don’t have a lot of talent available at the moment, but some of their Basketball has just been plain sloppy.
With Paul’s high IQ and Booker’s damaging range the Rockets don’t stand a chance here, you can engrave that one.
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