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Minnesota Timberwolves @ Boston Celtics – 6pm ET
The Minnesota Timberwolves kick off a four game road trip on Sunday night when they take on the Boston Celtics, who themselves wrap up a quick two game homestand. The Timberwolves are back on track, after dropping two games in a row, they won their game last time out, 116-95, against the Mavericks. The Celtics will be looking to build on their current five game winning streak, which has taken their overall season record to 46-28.
The Boston Celtics will look to make the Minnesota Timberwolves their latest victim in this 23-4 run they are on when they host this Sunday evening matchup. The C’s have been off since Wednesday when they dismantled the Utah Jazz 125-97 and were in total control from the opening tip, making their first 10 shots including six 3-pointers. Jayson Tatum scored 11 of his 26 points during that perfect start and the Celtics now find themselves in a four-team logjam atop the Eastern Conference. The top four teams are all separated by 1 game heading into Saturday’s action and the Celtics will hope to make a push for the 1 seed during these last few games of the season.
The Wolves will not make it easy for them and are coming off a 116-95 win over the Dallas Mavericks on Friday. All Star center Karl-Anthony Towns had 20 points and 9 rebounds in the win as they were bailed out by a horrible shooting performance from Dallas who went 10-43 from the three-point line. It’s another chance to back the Celtics and like I’ve been saying, I will continue to do just that until they give me a reason not to. Not only have they not given a reason to stop backing them but they’re starting to have me thinking they are not only just East contenders but legit title contenders. The Wolves are an up and coming team with a lot of promise but this task is just too tall for them.
Jeffery’s NBA Pick: Boston Celtics (-250)
#NEBHInjuryReport for tomorrow vs. Minnesota:
Jaylen Brown (right knee soreness) – PROBABLE
Al Horford (personal reasons) – OUT
Jayson Tatum (right patella tendinopathy) – PROBABLE
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) March 26, 2022
After starting the year as extreme underperformers, at least based on expectations, the Boston Celtics have proceeded to go on a 23-4 run, and are now only a game back of having the best record in the Eastern Conference. They’ve used much better shooting and defense to get them to this point, and when you have guys like Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown leading the way, this is made a lot easier. However, despite being the hottest team in the NBA over the past two months, things won’t come easy in this one, as they take on a Minnesota team that has a lot to play for.
The Timberwolves are another team that struggled a bit to start the year, but have since started to play better basketball, as they now are in competition to try to jump up to the six-seed. They’ve nearly caught the Denver Nuggets, and with Karl-Anthony Towns, D’Angelo Russell, and Anthony Edwards all healthy, I think they have a real chance to do just that as we near the end of the regular season. The problem is that, despite Minnesota being somewhat desperate, and playing better of late, I’m just not sure why anyone would bet against Boston right now. Give me the C’s in a close one at home.
Noah’s NBA Pick: Boston Celtics -6 (-110)
Golden State Warriors @ Washington Wizards – 6pm ET
The road trip continues on for the Golden State Warriors, who on Sunday night will go toe-to-toe with the Washington Wizards. The Warriors have lost four of their last five games, including last time out when they were beaten by the Hawks, 110-121. After losing six games in a row, the Wizards have gone on to split their last four games, and their season record stands at 31-42.
The five-game road trip will continue for the Golden State Warriors when they travel to the nation’s capital to play the Washington Wizards. It was a 110-121 loss to the Atlanta Hawks on Friday despite Klay Thompson going off for 37 points and a season-high 9 three-pointers. That makes it four losses in their last five but Sunday makes for a great opportunity to get back in the win column. The Wizards were also in action on Friday and got a nice road win over the Detroit Pistons 100-97. Kristaps Porzingis had 30 points and 10 rebounds in the win which was Washington’s fifth straight over the Pistons in their head-to-head matchup.
KP will need another big game here to hang with Golden State since we got news on Saturday that Kyle Kuzma will once again be out. The Warriors just played the Wizards just under two weeks ago and came away with a 126-112 win at home. They covered the spread of -11 in that one with Steph and now with him missing it’s only -7.5, which I see as a gift to us bettors. The Wizards problems that night weren’t mainly with Steph, it was with how bad they are as a team, and with Jordan Poole fitting seamlessly into the Curry role, Golden State should have no problems in this matchup again.
Jeffery’s NBA Pick: Golden State Warriors -7.5 (-110)
📝 GAME RECAP
Breaking down last night’s late win in the Motor City 👇
— Washington Wizards (@WashWizards) March 26, 2022
This is a matchup that a month ago I would’ve told you was going to end up being a blowout, but with how both teams are playing right now, I think this one could go either way. Golden State has spent most of the year as a top-3 team in the league, but they’ve lost four of their last five, and a lot of that is due to Steph Curry being out indefinitely. The bigger issue with the Warriors right now though, is the fact that they’re losing games to mediocre teams, despite Klay Thompson playing well, as they did against Atlanta in their last outing, which may be a bad sign moving forward without Steph.
The good news for Golden State fans is that Washington has spent virtually the entire year in a state of free fall, and it doesn’t appear to be getting better. They’ve played a bit better as of late, but only in their last four, as they’re still 2-8 in their last 10. They’ve gotten solid play from newly acquired Kristaps Porzingis, but that’s been just about it, as they’re struggling to get consistency from anyone else on the roster. I know Golden State has struggled lately, but this just feels like a perfect opportunity to get back on track, so I like the Warriors on the road in this one, as I think Klay shows up in a big way again to lead the Dubs.
Noah’s NBA Pick: Golden State Warriors -7.5 (-110)
Philadelphia 76ers @ Phoenix Suns – 6pm ET
The Philadelphia 76ers wrap up their three game road trip tonight when they travel to Phoenix and face off against the Suns. The 76ers have won both games in this trip so far, and have won five of their last six overall. The Suns have won seven games in a row, with their last loss coming in mid-March.
The Philadelphia 76ers will travel to Phoenix to take on the red-hot Suns in hopes of capping off their three-game road trip a perfect 3-0. The first two wins were against the two Los Angeles teams, with their last game being against the Clippers. That game was a 122-97 win where both Joel Embiid and James Harden went for double-doubles for the first time in a game together. Harden had his double-double at halftime (25 points and 11 rebounds), which was the first time he’s ever done that in his 12-year career. He is averaging 23 points and 7.6 rebounds since becoming a Sixer and will hope to keep the win streak going when they face the Suns who have already clinched the league’s best record.
That hasn’t stopped them from still going out and winning, and since they tasted that defeat in the NBA Finals last year I don’t think they will be taking any games lightly here on out. The winning streak is up to 7 now after their 140-130 win over the Denver Nuggets in Chris Paul’s first game back from injury. CP3 played 30 minutes and didn’t miss a beat, going for 17 points and 13 assists. He played backseat to Devin Booker however, as he went off for a season-high 49 points and also added 10 assists. Phoenix is just like the Celtics but the Western Conference version. Every time they go out on the floor it is expected for them to win and now with Chris Paul back and just looking like he’s fitting right back in, it’s really scary for the league. This game will most likely be close early on but expect the Suns’ depth and offensive fluidity to push them over the edge to a nice win on their home floor.
Jeffery’s NBA Pick: Phoenix Suns (-215)
A caring culture top to bottom. pic.twitter.com/agKrtCBEoo
— * – Phoenix Suns (@Suns) March 27, 2022
The Philadelphia 76ers are going to look to continue their momentum as we get closer to the end of the regular season, as they hit the road to take on the best team in the NBA, the Phoenix Suns. Philly has been one of the best teams in the league all year long, apart from a brief stretch at roughly the midway point, which was largely due to Joel Embiid missing quite a substantial amount of time. Now, with them adding James Harden to the mix, they’re an even more dangerous team, especially on the offensive side of the floor, as they now have two of the more prolific scorers in the league on their roster.
However, even with Embiid and Harden, they’re going to have their hands full in this one, as they take on the Phoenix Suns, who have clearly been the best team in the league all year long, and to my vantage point, have to be the favorites to win the title right now. On top of the way they’ve been playing, they’ve now added Chris Paul back to the lineup, after he missed a lengthy period of time with a thumb issue. Putting CP3 back with Devin Booker and DeAndre Ayton, along with one of the best benches in basketball, it’s easy to see why they’re most people’s title favorites right now. I like this Philly team, and think they have a chance to win the East, but this Phoenix team is just built differently, so I’m taking the Suns at home in this one.
Noah’s NBA Pick: Phoenix Suns -5 (-110)
Charlotte Hornets @ Brooklyn Nets – 7.30pm ET
The Charlotte Hornets are on the road for this Sunday night clash with the Brooklyn Nets, when they travel to Barclays Center. The Hornets have won six of their last seven games, and this takes their record to 38-36. The Nets are playing on back-to-back nights and last time out they beat the Heat, 110-95.
The Charlotte Hornets are rounding into shape at the perfect time and will hope to keep the good times rolling when they make a trip to Brooklyn to face the Nets. The Hornets have won six of their last seven games after their 107-101 win over the Jazz on Friday. Miles Bridges led the way with 26 points and 11 rebounds to close out the 4-1 five-game home stand in front of a sell-out crowd. They won’t be in front of their fans for this one and for the first time all year we will see Kyrie Irving in front of his. The COVID mandate was lifted allowing Irving to play home games now so it’s going to be such an electric atmosphere on Sunday. The Nets will be on the back-to-back after taking down the Miami Heat on Saturday 110-95.
Kevin Durant had 23 points to lead all scorers in Brooklyn’s 39th win of the year, which pushed them within 3 games of Toronto for the 6 seed. The Nets and Hornets are separated by just 1 game for the 8 seed so we can expect a playoff-like atmosphere in the Barclays Center on Sunday. The problem for Charlotte is they lack playoff experience on their side, whereas the Nets are led by two NBA Champions. When this time of year rolls around and big wins are needed, you can count on Kyrie and KD to get the job done and Charlotte doesn’t have anybody at that level just yet. Give me the veteran Nets to school the young boys here.
Jeffery’s NBA Pick: Brooklyn Nets (-300)
The Charlotte Hornets are the only team in the league with 3 players averaging over 19.5 PPG.
Miles Bridges – 20 PPG
LaMelo Ball – 19.8 PPG
Terry Rozier – 19.7 PPG pic.twitter.com/0YF6pTs4KD
— HornetsMuse (@hornetsmuse) March 26, 2022
After mediocre basketball for the majority of the season, the Charlotte Hornets are playing better ball at the right time, as they’ve won six of their last seven, though the question is whether it’s too little too late. They’re almost certain of a spot in the play-in tournament, as they’re at ninth right now, and even the tenth-place Atlanta Hawks are five games ahead of New York for 11th, but this does put them in the position of having to beat Atlanta and then either Toronto or Brooklyn to make the first round, which is no easy task. The Hornets offense is legitimate, but their defense has been their weakness all year long, and I don’t think that’s going to change at this point.
Now, they get a Brooklyn Nets team that has finally seemed to find their rhythm, with Kevin Durant back in the lineup, and Kyrie Irving being cleared to play in all games, even at home, where he hadn’t played at all this year, due to COVID mandates. They’re 7-3 in their last ten, and while that’s only been good enough to get them to the eighth spot in the East right now, their blowout of the East-leading Miami Heat on the road last night shows just how well they’re capable of playing. I think Durant and Irving provide too much offense in this one, especially against a Charlotte team that struggles on the defensive end, so I like Brooklyn to pick up another win here, on the second night of a back-to-back, this one at home at the Barclays Center.
Noah’s NBA Pick: Brooklyn Nets -7 (-110)
Utah Jazz @ Dallas Mavericks – 7.30pm ET
The road trip continues on for the Utah Jazz who will be on the road once again when they take on the Dallas Mavericks. The Jazz have lost their last three games in a row, against the Nets, Celtics and Hornets. The Mavericks have lost three of their last five games, including last time out when the Timberwolves got the better of them, 95-116.
The Utah Jazz are in the midst of a three-game losing streak at the wrong time of the year and things won’t get any easier when they travel to Dallas on Sunday for a date with the Mavericks. Both teams enter this game with identical 45-29 records and are in a battle for the fourth and fifth seeds in the Western Conference playoffs. That is significant because the top 4 get home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs. This matchup I believe will ultimately come down to the play of Donovan Mitchell of Utah.
In the Jazz’s Christmas Day win over Dallas and the one on February 25, Mitchell scored 33 points each time. In the lone loss to Dallas for Utah on March 7, he only scored 17 points on 5-19 shooting in the 103-111 loss. Given how well Mitchell has been playing the past few weeks, there’s no reason to expect him to just lay an egg in this game. He has 8 straight games of at least 24 points (4 30+ point games) and even with this one being on the road I think this is a good spot to back a really good Utah Jazz team to get back on track against an opponent they’ve had the advantage over all season.
Jeffery’s NBA Pick: Utah Jazz (+116)
— Dallas Mavericks (@dallasmavs) March 26, 2022
This is a matchup between two teams that have been a few of the best in the league all year long, though they’re both struggling right now. The Utah Jazz have one of the more balanced rosters in the NBA, but right now they just haven’t been playing like it, as they’ve lost three straight, and aren’t getting the kind of consistency that we’re used to seeing from this Jazz squad, especially when they have their core of Rudy Gobert, Donovan Mitchell, and Mike Conley healthy. This should be a bit of a concern as we get closer to closing out the regular season, but for now, they’re hanging onto the four-seed in the West, and they take on the five-seed, the Dallas Mavericks, though Dallas is struggling as well.
Dallas is still standing strong, though they have lost three of their last five. The problem with this Mavs team is what they’ve had trouble with over the last few years, and that is the fact that Luka Doncic continues to be their only go-to option that they can rely on consistently. If they had a true number two option that they could rely on, especially with Luka playing as well as he has, I think they could be dangerous come the postseason, but I’m not trusting of an almost solely Luka-led squad. That goes not only for the playoffs, but for this matchup as well, as I’m going to take Utah in this one, even on the road, as I think they win a tight one.
Noah’s NBA Pick: Utah Jazz (+116)
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