Free Top NBA Picks & Odds Report for Friday's Betting Action

Matthew Jordan

Friday, April 10, 2015 1:47 PM GMT

It's the final Friday of the NBA's regular season and it's a busy night with plenty of playoff relevant action. SBR is providing bettors with previews of four games as well as Jordan's picks of the day and Joe's player prop recommendations. All times Eastern.

Celtics vs. Cavaliers (-6.5, 206), 7:30 p.m.
Covered by: Dave
The motivations for the two teams in this one couldn't be  more different. Boston enters at 35-42 and currently  No. 7 in the Eastern Conference. The Nets have the same record and are No. 8. Indiana is just a game back of both. So clearly the Celtics will go all-out for a victory. They have won two straight games, both on the road (Toronto and Detroit), and averaged 115 points in them. Big trade acquisition Isaiah Thomas had a season-high 34 points in Wednesday's 10-point win at Detroit. Cleveland clinched the Central Division and locked itself into the No. 2 seed with its fourth straight victory Wednesday, 104-99 at Milwaukee. Thus the Cavs have nothing at all to play for the rest of the regular season. There was talk that LeBron James could get Friday night off and other Cavs starters as well. However, as of this writing it appears James will play. Cleveland has won a season-high 18 straight games at home, outscoring opponents by an average of 14.6 points. The Cavs are 2-0 vs. the Celtics this season and crushed them 110-79 on March 3 at Quicken Loans Arena. Dave is taking the points.

 

Spurs vs. Rockets (+4, 206), 8 p.m.
Covered by: Dave
This game is available for live betting as it's nationally televised on NBA TV. It's the final meeting of the season between the Southwest Division rivals. Memphis and Houston (each 53-25) each lead San Antonio (53-26) by a half game. The division winner could finish as high as No. 2 in the West, although the Clippers are in the mix for that. The third-place team could drop all the way to sixth. The Spurs are playing out of their minds right now, having won nine straight games, all by at least 12 points and are the favorites tonight on the NBA odds. They beat these Rockets 110-98 in San Antonio on Wednesday behind Tony Parker's 27 points. The Spurs harassed James Harden into just 6-for-15 shooting. A win here would give San Antonio the season series and thus potentially a huge tiebreaker. But the Spurs have lost four straight in Houston. Dave says give the points as the Spurs keep rolling.

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Kings vs. Thunder (-14, 217), 8 p.m.
Covered by: Scott
It's a must-win game for Oklahoma City as it doesn't control its playoff fate. The Thunder are tied for the No. 8 spot with New  Orleans, which owns the tiebreaker. OKC is slumping at the wrong time. Its 113-88 home blowout loss to San Antonio on Tuesday was the Thunder's fourth straight defeat and sixth in seven games. With so many injuries, perhaps Russell Westbrook is wearing down from carrying the team for so long. He was held to 17 points and just two rebounds and two assists in that loss. On the bright side, it was such a blowout that Westbrook only played 26 minutes. Sacramento has lost six of seven and could again be without its two best players in All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins and small forward Rudy Gay. Cousins probably could play, but the team  may shut him down. Gay is trying to get back from a concussion. No doubting the desperate Thunder win, but is that too many points to give? Check out Scott's NBA pick.

 

Timberwolves vs. Lakers (-5, 206.5), 10:30 p.m.
Covered by: Dave
This is the latest-starting game of the night, which must be the only reason NBA TV is showing it because it's the worst two teams in the Western Conference. Minnesota is missing just about all of its key guys other than rookie Andrew Wiggins and Kevin Martin. Ricky Rubio, Nikola Pekovic and Shabazz Muhammad are all done for the season due to injuries. Guys like Anthony Bennett, Gorgui Dieng and Gary Neal are also out. No surprise that the Wolves have lost eight straight. They still have an outside shot to finish with the NBA's worst record. The Lakers have dropped five in a row and allowed at least 105 points in each. At this point, the Lakers are Jordan Clarkson and a bunch of scrubs. These are the league's two worst defenses, with Los Angeles allowing 105.0 points per game and Minnesota 106.2. Dave says take the points.

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