Tuesday’s NBA tripleheader is loaded with playoff implications, so we’re making basketball picks on all three games, confident that there shouldn’t be too much in the way of shenanigans involved.
Jason’s record as of Apr. 12: 69-68-5 ATS, 8-13 Totals, plus-0.15 units ML
Frustrated trying to make NBA picks with teams who have already sealed their playoff fates? Confused by the antics of teams who are more interested in losing than winning? Have no fear: There are playoff implications for all three games on Tuesday’s schedule, and we’re going to wade in with our NBA picks for each and every contest. We’ll deal with the spread in this article.
Toronto vs. Boston (7:30 p.m. ET)
As we go to press, the Celtics (38-42 SU, 47-32-1 ATS) are in seventh place in the Eastern Conference, one game up on the Brooklyn Nets and the Indiana Pacers with just two games left to go for everyone involved. The Raptors (48-32 SU, 37-42-1 ATS) have less incentive to win Tuesday’s matchup; they’ve already clinched the Atlantic Division, although it would behoove them to nail down the No. 3 seed in the East. They have the same record as the Chicago Bulls with two games remaining – Brooklyn and Chicago faced each other Monday.
Boston has been an excellent source of profit since acquiring Isaiah Thomas (23.0 PER), but it was the team’s overall improvement that allowed the Celtics to become buyers at the trade deadline. Getting Jared Sullinger (18.1 PER) back in the lineup gives the C’s their full complement of players; they’re 4-1 SU and ATS since Sullinger rejoined the team. Toronto is 2-0-SU and 1-1 ATS since Kyle Lowry (19.2 PER) returned, but it doesn’t look like he’s properly recovered from his back spasms and assorted ailments.
Free NBA Pick: Take the Celtics at BookMaker
Washington vs. Indiana (8:00 p.m. ET, TNT)
Brooklyn owns the tiebreaker against Indiana (37-43 SU, 42-35-3 ATS), which is why the Pacers are in ninth place in the East at press time. They got their playoff push back on track this month with five straight wins, including a 4-0 SU and 3-1 ATS record since Paul George made his season debut. George is playing about 15 minutes a game off the bench and has looked very good thus far, shooting 7-of-16 from long range to help keep Indiana’s hopes alive.
The Wizards (46-34 SU, 31-46-3 ATS) are starting to get their groove back at 5-1 SU and 3-1-2 ATS in their last six games. But their primary concern is to keep everyone healthy. John Wall (20.1 PER) was given the night off in Washington’s 117-80 loss to the Nets (–5 at home) on Friday, and with this being a road game, we could see more of the same on Tuesday.
Free NBA Pick: Take the Pacers at 5Dimes
L.A. Clippers vs. Phoenix (10:30 p.m. ET, TNT)
Things aren’t quite as dramatic out West, where the Suns (39-42 SU, 42-37-2 ATS) have already been eliminated from the playoffs. But the Clippers (54-26 SU, 37-43 ATS) are trying to hold onto the No. 3 seed and home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs. They’re 12-1 SU and 8-5 ATS since Blake Griffin (22.7 PER) came back from his staph infection, which is why they enter this matchup as road favorites on NBA odds. While Phoenix is 1-9 SU and 4-6 ATS in its last 10 games.
With no postseason to play for, the Suns have put all their gimpy players on the injured list. They could be very thin at center with Alex Len (13.5 PER) out for the season and Brandan Wright (17.8 PER) listed as questionable with a sore foot. The Clippers have nearly everyone healthy for a change, although glue guy Matt Barnes (11.4 PER, plus-1.7 BPM) might sit this one out with a swollen toe.
Free NBA Pick: Take the Clippers at BetOnline