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Dallas Mavericks @ Detroit Pistons – 7pm ET
The Dallas Mavericks play their last road game of the regular season when they travel to Detroit for a game against the Pistons. The Mavericks have only lost five games since the beginning of March, and this takes their overall season record to 49-30. The Pistons are on a surprising three game winning streak, which includes wins over the 76ers, Thunder and Pacers.
The Dallas Mavericks will travel to Detroit to take on the Pistons Wednesday, in search of their 50th win of the season. Last game out was a 118-112 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on the road, in a game dominated by Luka Doncic. He continued to be used in the high pick-and-roll, getting switched onto a more favorable defender and either got whatever shot he wanted or dished to an open teammate. Doncic finished the game with 32 points and 15 assists as Dallas now sits at the 4 seed in the West and will take on a Pistons team that has no intentions on tanking these final games in hopes for a better draft spot.
Detroit is on a three-game winning streak after beating the Indiana Pacers on the road on Sunday. The Mavericks already took care of business in this matchup back on February 8, winning 116-86. Now with the season wrapping up and Dallas having a shot to move up in the standings, I’ll expect a similar output and a boost to their momentum heading into the playoffs. Give me Dallas here in a blowout.
Jeffery’s NBA Pick: Dallas Mavericks -10 (-110)
Assuming Dallas shows up to this one and plays the way they have been lately, this game could potentially be a blowout, and could get out of hand in a hurry, although Detroit has been playing better basketball lately, which is a shock to a lot of people, as it makes little to no sense. The Mavs, led by Luka Doncic, who has just been playing at a ridiculous level for much of the year (especially the second half of the season), still have plenty to play for, as they’re still contending for the three seed in the West, seeing as they’re only a game behind Golden State for the three spot.
Detroit, on the other hand, has absolutely nothing to play for, as they’ve long since been eliminated from playoff contention, and should be trying to lose to increase their odds at the first overall pick. However, instead, they continue to win, as they’ve now won three straight, one of their best runs of the year, and the worst case scenario is that they’re riding a bit of momentum heading into next year. Even with the Pistons playing better ball, I don’t think they have enough in this one, as this feels like the kind of game that Luka could take over. Give me Dallas to go on the road and get the win.
Noah’s NBA Pick: Dallas Mavericks (-490)
Brooklyn Nets @ New York Knicks – 7.30pm ET
The Brooklyn Nets are also playing their final road game of the regular season when they take on the New York Knicks. The Nets are playing on back-to-back nights, and last time out they beat the Rockets, 118-105. The Knicks have won five of their last seven games, and this includes last time out when they were too good for the Magic, 118-88.
The New York Knicks will host their rival Brooklyn Nets in the Tuesday night ESPN game in what will be the second to last game at Madison Square Garden this season. That is of course because the Knicks will not be a part of the playoffs this year with a record of 35-44. There may be a little bit of hope for the future as some of their young guys are showing some promise like RJ Barrett, who is up over 20 points a game for the season. Barrett had 27 in the 118-88 Knicks win over the Magic on Sunday and will hope to finish his campaign off strong heading into an important offseason.
The Nets are locked into a play-in spot regardless of what happens these last few games but it’s still important for them to take care of business here. There’s been a lot of stuff going on off the court this year and injuries on the court, but as long as Kyrie and KD are on the floor together, the Nets have a shot in any game. I think they’ll get a nice road victory here in a spotlight game, showing everyone they won’t be an easy out come playoff time.
Jeffery’s NBA Pick: Brooklyn Nets (-330)
Give me Brooklyn with ease in this one. The Nets enter this one having to scratch and claw just to stay in the play-in tournament, which they’ve now locked up, but they still have a lot to play for, as they’re trying to stay in the 7-8 matchup, as they’d only need to have one win to advance to the first round. I like their odds of making that happen, as having Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving available in every game gives them one of the best duos in the league, but they won’t be able to take their foot off the gas.
Taking on the New York Knicks at MSG here won’t be easy, but we’re talking about a Knicks team that isn’t very good in the first place, and has nothing to play for, as they’ve long been removed from playoff contention. That being said, New York is playing well despite being eliminated, as they’ve won five of seven, but I don’t think that can match up with a motivated Brooklyn team. The Nets get the win, with little uncomfortableness involved.
Noah’s NBA Pick: Brooklyn Nets (-330)
Boston Celtics @ Chicago Bulls – 8pm ET
The Boston Celtics are on the road for their final three games of the regular season, and first stop is Chicago for a game against the Bulls. The Celtics have split their last four games, and this takes their record on the season to 49-30. The Bulls are another team that will be playing two nights in a row, and in their game against the Bucks yesterday they lost, 106-127.
The Boston Celtics have gotten off to a good start in April after they had two consecutive losses to end the month of March. Their last game was a total team effort, as the Cs posted a season-high 39 assists en route to a 144-102 win, giving them 13 wins in their last 16 games. Boston has come a long way from back when they were just 16-19 in late December, going 33-11 since. This team is really scary right now and I can’t wait to see what the playoffs hold for them. The Chicago Bulls will be playing their second game in two days after a 106-127 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks.
The absence of Zach Lavine was felt as DeMar DeRozan dropped 40 points but no one else could get over 18. The story of the Bulls’ season has been their struggles against the top teams and that trend continued on Tuesday. They are now 2-20 against the top 8 teams in the league and their opponents for Wednesday just so happen to be in that top 8. The Celtics have been a team I love to back during their run and I’ve been fading the Bulls in these spots all season, so it works out perfectly. Give me the Celtics big as the Bulls’ struggles continue.
Jeffery’s NBA Pick: Boston Celtics (-270)
The Boston Celtics have been on one of the better runs in the NBA over the last two months or so, as they’ve won 13 of their last 16, and haven’t actually lost much more than that since the beginning of February in the first place. Some of the problem has been the fact that they lost Robert Williams indefinitely, who has been the main defensive anchor for the team this year, and they’ve been in a situation of having to adjust to life without him, at least for now. They’ve done better with that over the last two, as they’ve won both.
Now they take on a Chicago Bulls team that has had a really good year, and is back to playing good basketball lately, after a brief rough stretch that lasted about two weeks. They are coming into this one having just played last night, in a game that saw them get throttled by the Milwaukee Bucks, which continues their trend of simply not being able to beat the best teams in either conference. They’re being led by DeMar Derozan, who has been an absolute scoring machine, but seeing as Boston currently sits as the two seed in the East, the safe play is taking the C’s to get the win, especially with Chicago on the second night of a back-to-back. Boston gets the win by 8+.
Noah’s NBA Pick: Boston Celtics (-270)
Oklahoma City Thunder @ Utah Jazz – 9pm ET
The Oklahoma City Thunder are on the road tonight when they travel to Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City to face off against the Utah Jazz. Both teams are playing on back-to-back nights, and the Thunder beat the Trail Blazers, 98-94, and the Jazz also won, beating the Grizzlies, 121-115, in overtime.
The Oklahoma City Thunder improved their record to 4-0 over the Portland Trailblazers this season with their 98-94 win on Tuesday. OKC entered the fourth quarter trailing by 15 points before storming back, thanks in part to making 8 of their first 11 shots in the final quarter. They are just playing out the rest of the season with mainly 10-day contract guys and will now take on the Utah Jazz on Wednesday.
Both teams were in action on Tuesday so expect tired legs, especially this late in the season. What we shouldn’t expect though, is the Jazz to rest starters much like the Thunder are doing. That sets us up for a matchup of a bunch of inexperienced guys for the Thunder against a desperate and highly-motivated Jazz team in need of wins. It’s a bad recipe and one that will lead to a drubbing by Utah.
Jeffery’s NBA Pick: Utah Jazz -17.5 (-110)
This game gives us a matchup between two teams who are both on the second nights of back-to-backs, and it shouldn’t actually be close. The Oklahoma City Thunder have struggled all year long, as they’re one of the worst teams in the league, and find themselves just outside the running to have the best odds to win the number one overall pick. Even though they can’t quite reach that spot, they still have nothing to play for at this point, as they obviously find themselves well removed from playoff contention. They’ve shown the ability to compete, and have signs of a bright future, but that does them no good right now, or for the rest of the year.
They take on a Utah Jazz team that may have finally turned things around, as they managed to squeak past the Memphis Grizzlies last night in OT. This Jazz team is simply trying to keep out of the play-in, as after spending much of the year as the four-seed, they’ve gone on two horrendous runs throughout the second half of the season, which caused them to fall in a big way. With the win last night, it looks like they should be able to stay ahead of Minnesota, who currently sits in that unlucky seven spot. With them having something to play for, and taking on OKC, this feels like a game that Utah takes care of business with ease in.
Noah’s NBA Pick: Utah Jazz (-2500)
Phoenix Suns @ Los Angeles Clippers – 10pm ET
The final game on Wednesday night’s slate in the NBA will see the Phoenix Suns on the road and taking on the Los Angeles Clippers. The Suns are playing both Los Angeles teams on back-to-back nights, in their game yesterday they played the Lakers and won, 121-110. The Clippers have won three of their last four games, and this takes their season record to 39-40.
The Los Angeles Clippers may have gotten the jolt they needed heading into the playoffs with Paul George returning to the lineup. George is averaging 23.6 points a game in his three games back from injury and led Los Angeles to a 2-1 record. The last game was a 119-100 blowout victory over the New Orleans Pelicans who are right below them in the Western Conference standings. Both teams will be involved in the play-in tournament that starts on April 12 and depending on how things shake out, could be playing each other.
The Phoenix Suns will be on the back-to-back but it won’t matter too much. They are the much better team and will have no issues with this Clippers team that has been wildly inconsistent all season. The Suns have big goals on avenging their loss in the Finals a season ago, so they’re locked in and not taking any games for granted.
Jeffery’s NBA Pick: Phoenix Suns -3 (-106)
The Los Angeles Clippers may finally be on the right track, as they look as if they may have turned a corner with the return of Paul George into the lineup. They’re 2-1 since his recent return, but the problem is that I’m not sure how hard they plan on playing throughout the rest of the regular season, as they’ve already locked themselves into the eight-seed, which means they’re in the play-in regardless of how the rest of the regular season goes. The verdict still seems to be out on whether they can get Kawhi back or not, but with how they played without both him and PG-13 in the lineup, and now with George back, they should be okay for at least the play-in.
Phoenix, on the other hand, comes into this one on the second night of a back-to-back, after beating the Los Angeles Lakers to eliminate them from postseason contention. They’ve been the best team in the NBA for the entire season, and right now they have to be the favorites to win the title. This should be a good matchup, but even though the Suns have already long since locked up the one-seed out West, I think they still take care of business in this one, on the road in Los Angeles. I expect a close one, but assuming everyone plays for Phoenix, give me them to get the win.
Noah’s NBA Pick: Phoenix Suns (-144)
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*Odds and spreads correct at time of publication, courtesy of FanDuel.