A perfect 5/5 night from our NBA picks last night and we have another five hand picked for you here. 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!
Dallas Mavericks @ Washington Wizards – 7PM ET
One night after picking up the win in New York, the Dallas Mavericks are going at it again, looking for their fourth straight win when they face the Washington Wizards tonight. Dallas three wins have all come on the road and they did it tough last night, losing head coach Rick Carlisle due to a positive COVID-19 test.
Luka Doncic was the star of the show yet again, putting up 26 points, eight rebounds and seven assists in the 99-86 win over the Knicks and he had some help off the bench from Jalen Brunson (15, 7 & 5) and Tim Hardaway Jr (14 and two steals). The big factor for Dallas was keeping the Knicks to just 86 points, restricting them to only 36% shooting from the field.
— Dallas Mavericks (@dallasmavs) April 3, 2021
That sort of defensive effort will be needed against an inconsistent but star-studded Washington side. The Wizards have dropped two straight and their most recent performance was extremely embarrassing, losing in Detroit 91-120. Bradley Beal sat out that clash with a hip injury and is just questionable for this game meaning Russell Westbrook will have to carry the load yet again.
In their big loss to the Pistons, Westbrook had a triple double but managed just 16 points, equal most for the team. That sort of effort won’t hold up against a Dallas side that is rolling right now and even without their coach, should be too good here. They have better players at nearly every position and should end their road trip on a high note.
Minnesota Timberwolves @ Philadelphia 76ers – 8PM ET
The Philadelphia 76ers return back home and will get a welcomed boost with the return of Joel Embiid to the lineup. After 10 games on the sidelines, the former MVP frontrunner will return and provide a big boost against the Minnesota Timberwolves, who have won just one of their last four games and are just 5-20 on the road.
In last night’s 108-120 loss in Memphis, Karl-Anthony Towns dominated play with 30 points and 16 boards while Anthony Edwards played a good second fiddle with 22 points on 64.3% shooting along with six assists. The issue is the Wolves got outrebounded by 14 and made seven less triples in the clash.
That poor effort won’t work against a Philadelphia side that is getting their best player back and is full of confidence after a 114-94 win in Cleveland last time out. Shake Milton dominated off the bench in that clash with 27 points, five rebounds and four assists while Dwight Howard’s role off the bench can’t be ignored, putting up 18 points, 15 rebounds and two blocks.
This should be a pretty straightforward clash here as Philly are 19-4 at home for the season and will be at peak with the return of Embiid. His presence on both ends of the floor should nullify Towns while allowing more freedom for the likes of Tobias Harris and Seth Curry.
Indiana Pacers @ San Antonio Spurs – 9PM ET
The Indiana Pacers have hit the road and are hoping that the change of scenery might break their poor form and stop their three game losing streak. That may be tough against a San Antonio Spurs side that is coming off a heartbreaking double overtime loss to the Hawks on Thursday night and will be looking to bounce back here.
DeMar DeRozan continued his incredible play this season, leading the Spurs with 36 points, nine assists and five boards while Derrick White had an efficient 29 points and two blocks. Despite the exceptional play from both players, the Spurs and their 10th ranked defense allowed the Hawks to shoot 50% from the field, 54.2% from deep and score 134 points for the game, albeit with an extra 10 minutes of action.
couple of big performances from these two last night 🔥 pic.twitter.com/YPKCx5H25J
— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) April 2, 2021
The Pacers will be hoping for a similar defensive effort in this one as they have scored just 87 and 97 points in their last two games. That won’t result in many wins, especially with their own defensive effort from last night where they gave up 114 points to the Hornets. Caris LeVert was Indiana’s best player who managed just 16 points and five assists as the side struggled to replace the play of Malcolm Brogdon, who is just questionable for tonight.
The Pacers may be 5-4 on the second night of back to backs this season but their play at the moment doesn’t fill us with any confidence. The Spurs have the eighth best record in the league when coming off a loss, 12-9, and will be very hungry for this clash so we are siding with the home team here.
Oklahoma City Thunder @ Portland Trail Blazers – 10PM ET
A pair of teams coming off tough losses last night will attempt to turn things around tonight as the Portland Trail Blazers host the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Blazers had their four game winning streak snapped by the Bucks last night while OKC suffered a massive loss in Phoenix.
The Thunder managed just 103 points while giving up a massive 140 to the Suns in one of their worst performances of the season. They allowed Phoenix to shoot an incredible 60% from the field whilst also committing six more turnovers. Theo Maledon top scored for the team with 33 points while Aleksej Pokusevski contributed 20 with the pair combining to shoot 9/13 from deep, but it clearly wasn’t enough to keep up.
The Blazers are clearly the better team in this clash and will be looking to impose themselves early, especially after a tough loss last night. Portland went down 109-127 to Milwaukee despite 32 points from Damian Lillard. CJ McCollum and Rob Covington contributed 18 points each but, like the Thunder, Portland’s defense let them down.
This version of the Thunder has no place competing with most teams in the league let alone a playoff bound team like the Blazers. While Portland performed poorly last night, they will have the best player on the court at all times in this one and will be far too good here. The only thing that will stop them is if players sit out to rest on the second night of the back to back set here.
Milwaukee Bucks @ Sacramento Kings – 10PM ET
The Milwaukee Bucks will look to pick up a third straight win and add some more misery to the Sacramento Kings in a lopsided clash to round out the night. The Bucks have now easily defeated the Lakers and Blazers this week while the Kings have dropped two straight including a home loss to the Lakers last night.
Harrison Barnes was the top scorer for Sacramento in their 94-115 loss last night, putting up 26, five and five but the Kings couldn’t overcome the poor play of their leader, De’Aaron Fox. The guard shot 5/20 from the field for just 12 points in the clash and can’t perform like that if Sacramento are going to be winning games and make a late push to sneak into the play-in games.
Giannis is the second player in NBA history to go 18-18 on two-pointers in a game, joining Wilt Chamberlain (1967) 😳 https://t.co/dH16rsp1KM
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) April 3, 2021
That may be tough against the Bucks who played incredibly last night in their 127-109 win. Giannis Antetokounmpo made his presence felt with a massive 47 point, 12 rebound and three block night while Jrue Holiday had 22 points and 10 assists and Khris Middleton contributed 20 points, eight assists, seven boards and three steals.
As long as their big three are all firing, Milwaukee is nearly unstoppable and they need them to be as no other player could reach double figures in the win. However, the lack of scoring depth behind their stars shouldn’t be an issue in this clash as Sacramento have a terrible defense and are no match here.
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