Where do you place your NBA picks when a team is in a must lose situation?
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 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
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
My Pick: Hawks 1H ML
New Orleans Hornets vs. Golden
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
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.
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.
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.
here to see my full pick on this game.
My Pick: Hornets -2