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Milwaukee Bucks @ Cleveland Cavaliers – 3:30pm ET
The Milwaukee Bucks don’t have much to play for in this one as they are already comfortable in their spot on the standings. However this is a make or break game for the Cleveland Cavaliers to end the regular season.
The Milwaukee Bucks will be playing the final game of their regular season on Sunday on the road against the Cleveland Cavaliers. The defending champs have won three straight and sit 2nd in the Eastern Conference at 51-30 following their win over the Pistons on Friday. The Bucks will not be playing any of their significant pieces in this game since the 1 seed is out of the question. The Cavs are sitting at the 8 seed and will need a win here and Brooklyn to lose to Indiana to move up into the 7 spot and be able to host a play-in game next week.
Considering that Milwaukee will be resting their starters while Cleveland will be playing to win, the only logical choice for this game is the Cavs to take care of business. Darius Garland and company will get this win and then hope for the best in the Pacers-Nets game.
Jeffery’s NBA Pick: Cleveland Cavs (-260)
We’ve reached the final day of the regular season, and with that comes a lot of teams resting players, with a few still having something to play for. That’s the case in this one, as Milwaukee comes in virtually locked into the second seed in the East, looking as if they’re content with where they fall, since they’re now out of contention for the one seed, as they won’t be playing any of their main players. They’ve won three straight, though, which shows that they can still win, and has to feel pretty good riding that momentum into the postseason.
Their opponent here, the Cleveland Cavaliers, are in a position where they need to win here, and have Brooklyn lose, in order to sneak into the seven seed, which would allow them to host the 7-8 play-in game. They’re already locked into that matchup, but having that one in Cleveland would give them a nice edge. Darius Garland has been a surprise this year for the Cavs, and with the Bucks being content to rest their starters, I’m taking Garland and company to win a tight one here.
Noah’s NBA Pick: Cleveland Cavs (-260)
Boston Celtics @ Memphis Grizzlies – 7pm ET
Under normal circumstances, this would be one of the best games of the night but it is likely that Ja Morant won’t feature in this one. As for the Boston Celtics they still have a division title on the line to play for and will likely be at full go.
The Memphis Grizzlies were happy to get Ja Morant back in the lineup for Saturday’s win over the New Orleans Pelicans. Morant had 21 points and 9 assists in the blowout 141-114 win that turned out to be a historic night for the franchise. Not only did Memphis tie the franchise record with 56 wins, but they also scored 55 points in the third quarter which is also a franchise record. Lastly, their 115 points through three quarters was also a record and now they will be on the back at home on Sunday for a game with the Boston Celtics. It’s the season finale for both teams, and the 3 seeded Celtics are coming into this one of a loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday.
This game will be so much fun assuming both teams play all their guys. The Celtics won the meeting of these two teams last month 120-107 with Ja Morant and Jayson Tatum going for 38 and 37 points. After seeing how the Grizzlies played on Saturday it’s hard to pick against them, especially at home but it won’t be easy against this defensive-minded Celtics team. We should have a lot of fireworks in this one, but I’m going to stick with the more rested Boston team on the road to finish their regular season out with a win, sweeping the season series.
Jeffery’s NBA Pick: Boston Celtics (-144)
The Memphis Grizzlies needed no time to get back to form with Ja Morant back in the lineup last night, as they destroyed New Orleans by 27, including putting up 55 in the third quarter alone, which set a franchise record and came three points short of an NBA record. They’re already locked into the two seed, and even though there’s nothing to play for, I think they’ll still show up and play well in their regular season home finale.
They take on the Boston Celtics in this one, and it’s a Boston team that has arguably been the best team in the NBA since February. They started the year struggling, but they’ve since turned it on in a major way, climbing all the way to the three seed in the East, and now they’re trying to hold off the Philadelphia 76ers on the last day of the season. The biggest difference in this one is the fact that Memphis is on the second night of a back-to-back, so I’m not sure how fatigued they’ll be in this one. Give me Boston in a close one, as they just have more to play for.
Noah’s NBA Pick: Boston Celtics (-144)
Chicago Bulls @ Minnesota Timberwolves – 8:30pm ET
The Chicago Bulls and Minnesota Timberwolves may play in opposite conferences, but they are both dark horse teams to make it to the NBA finals. This could end up being one of the best games of the evening as well between two very talented teams.
Another battle of two teams who will be participating in the postseason when the Chicago Bulls travel to take on the Minnesota Timberwolves. Both teams are already locked into their playoff positions so all the main guys will not be playing in preparation for their run at the NBA title. Minnesota will be hosting the Clippers on Tuesday in the play-in tournament and the Bulls will be the 6th seed, narrowly avoiding the tournament on the East side of the bracket. Chicago will be facing either
No starters for either team makes this a tough game to handicap. The Timberwolves have shown to be the much deeper team throughout the year and will be at home for what it’s worth so I think the win is there’s to take on Sunday.
Jeffery’s NBA Pick: Minnesota Timberwolves (-270)
This is a game that has no bearing on anything, as both teams are already locked into their spots in the postseason. The Minnesota Timberwolves are set to play in the Western Conference 7-8 play-in game, while Chicago has managed to avoid the play-in in the East, as they managed to hang on to the six-seed.
In the end, this game comes down to each team’s bench, as there’s no real telling of who, if any starters, are actually going to play, which makes this nearly impossible to predict. However, currently, Chicago has been way too reliant on DeMar Derozan this year, as he’s gotten not much help, so if he does sit, I’m not sure where their points come from. Give me Minnesota to win this one, in a game that could be ugly from the beginning, but should also be reasonably close.
Noah’s NBA Pick: Minnesota Timberwolves (-270)
San Antonio Spurs @ Dallas Mavericks – 9:30pm ET
The battle of Texas will commence in this one as these two Western Conference playoff teams are set to face off to cap off the regular season. As the San Antonio Spurs make the trip to Big D to play Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks.
Western Conference tilt is on tap for Sunday when the Dallas Mavericks host their in-state rivals the San Antonio Spurs. The Mavs believed they would be without their star player Luka Doncic due to a suspension for receiving his 16th technical foul, but the league rescinded it and now he will be available for the game. It’s still to be seen if he will actually play or if he will rest like many others around the league with Dallas holding the 4 seed in the West. The Spurs will be on the back-to-back after suffering a 100-94 loss to the Warriors on Saturday.
Assuming Luka and the rest of the starters play in this game I’m going to pick Dallas to get this win at home and end the regular season on a four-game winning streak. These two teams haven’t played since early November, but the Mavs have won all 3 meetings and should have no issues making it 4.
Jeffery’s NBA Pick: Dallas Mavericks (-450)
The biggest question surrounding this game is which starters play for Dallas. Dallas is still in contention for the three seed out West, though it’s going to take a win and a loss by Golden State for them to get there. The good news is that after originally being suspended, Luka Doncic will be available after the NBA rescinded his 16th technical foul. If he plays, this is an entirely different lineup, and one that I think wins with ease.
San Antonio comes into this one already locked into the 9-10 play-in game, so it also remains to be seen whether they’ll play any of their starters or give them a bit of rest heading into the play-in. If Luka is out and the Spurs play their starters, I like San Antonio, but that’s a lot to ask for, so I’m still leaning Dallas by a nose in this one. Take the Mavs in a close one at home.
Noah’s NBA Pick: Dallas Mavericks (-450)
Golden State Warriors @ New Orleans Pelicans – 9:30pm ET
This one is another battle of Western Conference playoff teams and could also end up being a preview of a Western Conference playoff series as well. As the Golden State Warriors take on the New Orleans Pelicans.
The New Orleans Pelicans got handed a really bad defeat on Saturday at the hands of the Memphis Grizzlies. It was a 141-114 result and the game was practically out of hand from the opening tip. Memphis was already out to a 12 point lead by the end of the first quarter and never let up, thanks in large part to their 18-35 shooting from three-point range. It’s not the way the Pels want to go into the play-in tournament so a win on Sunday against the Warriors would do a lot for their confidence. The Golden State Warriors will be on the back-to-back after beating the Spurs 100-94 on Saturday night.
The Warriors will likely be resting Klay Thompson again in this one and probably Draymond Green too which will obviously impact their performance a bit. This team does have a very deep roster though and a smooth system that the bench guys can plug right in and produce similar results. This Pelicans team is nothing to be scared of, especially after seeing their effort on Saturday and I’m going to back the Warriors to finish off their regular season with a road victory in New Orleans.
Jeffery’s NBA Pick: Golden State Warriors (-162)
New Orleans got embarrassed by Memphis last night, and things don’t get easier here, as they now take on the Golden State Warriors. The took a 27-point defeat by the Grizz, including allowing 55 in the third quarter, which came close to setting an NBA record, and now with them taking on another high-powered offense, I’m not sure that things get much better, since they have nothing to play for, as they’re already locked into the West’s 9-10 play-in game.
Golden State should just be looking to get to the postseason, and hopefully getting Steph Curry back, as he looks as if he’s the catalyst that holds things together. They’ve finally figured some things out without him, but it’s clear that they need him back to make a deep run. Regardless of Steph or not, I think the Warriors win this one, as I think there’s too much offense involved, especially for a New Orleans team that doesn’t always play great defense. Take the Dubs by 8 or more.
Noah’s NBA Pick: Golden State Warriors (-162)
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*Odds and spreads correct at time of publication, courtesy of FanDuel.