Where do you place your NBA picks when a team is in a must lose situation?

The NBA regular season is winding down, and we have a short card of NBA matchups for this Tuesday evening. Only five games line the schedule, so we’ll have to tread carefully to find a little value on this slow night. See what games I’m adding to my NBA Picks by continuing to read below.

Los Angeles Clippers vs. Atlanta Hawks

Chris PaulThe Hawks are enjoying a nice five-game home stand to end their regular season, and their guest tonight will be the Clippers. This game doesn’t mean anything for the Hawks, but for the Clippers it means that they can tie the Lakers for the Pacific division lead with a win on the road. That might be a tough task for the Clippers.

The Hawks are a very good home team. They are 21-10 SU at home this season, and when playing at the Highlight Factory, they are tough to beat. However, on the road this team is a different story. The biggest question for this game will be how much effort the Hawks actually put into winning. They really haven’t had a meaningful game in a while, but have continued to put their players out there.

NBA odds makers list the Clippers as the +2 underdogs on the road here, and the public has been throwing money at them like they are going out of style, as over 60% of the public are backing the Clippers to cover the small NBA lines.

Even though it’s tempting to take the game’s spread, when the NBA lines for the 1st half are released, that’s where I’m going for my sports picks. On this home stand, the Hawks have been leading at the half in all three games so far, and I think they will do it again tonight.

My Pick: Hawks 1H ML

New Orleans Hornets vs. Golden State Warriors

Have you even seen a team in a must lose game? You’ll see one tonight if you watch this massacre. The only people that will be watching this game besides the people in attendance are NBA bettors putting money on the game and the players’ parents. There is no other reason why anyone should spend more than five seconds watching this. 

New Orleans HornetsAnyway, back to the must lose statement. The Warriors are currently 23-41 SU after their win against the Wolves. They currently have the 8th worst record in the NBA. If the lottery balls fall the way they should, (which they never do) the Warriors will draw the 8th pick, and then immediately have to surrender it to the Jazz.

The Warriors traded the pick for Marcus Williams in 2008, (I know; bad deal) and then the Jazz got their hands on it with the Deron Williams trade to New Jersey. So, unless the Warriors get one of the top seven picks, they have to hand their much needed first round pick over to the Jazz.

Now you know why the Warriors have been playing their arsenal of D-League players. I understand that the coaches can’t just say go out and lose, but Mark Jackson is probably under strict instructions on this one. The Hornets have been playing better as of late, winning six of their last ten games. They don’t need to worry about their lottery pick. Even if they win this game, a top three pick is still likely for them, and they would still have around a 15% chance of getting the number one overall pick. Plus, the Hornets have two lottery picks! I think the Warriors lay down in this one.

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My Pick: Hornets -2