We're only days away from the end of the regular season, one that's flown by all too quickly. The silver lining? The playoffs are fast approaching, meaning there's still going to be a ton of value out there to take advantage of with our sports picks.
First a few things have to be decided. Will the Los Angeles Lakers hold on to the eight seed and make the playoffs? Will it be the Oklahoma Thunder that grab the number one overall seed out of the West? How will the six through eight seeds in the Western Conference shape up?
The Lakers have won four straight, including last night's home win over San Antonio, while going 8-2 over their last ten, putting them in a great position to make the postseason, even with Kobe Bryant out with injury. Let's not forget the Lakers have two of the best post players around in Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol, so it's not like they're going to fall off the face of the earth just because Kobe is done for the year.
L.A. will be off today, but the Utah Jazz, still holding out hopes of reaching the postseason, have a crucial contest in Minnesota tonight. There are also some other Western Conference matchups worth looking at with your NBA picks.
The Memphis Grizzlies will pay a visit to Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks, with current odds listing the Mavericks as four-point underdogs. Both Memphis (44-34-2 ATS) and Dallas (47-33-0 ATS) have been money-makers this season, but who grabs the cover tonight? Be sure to check back with us later today to see where Jordan Sharp believes the value lies.
Two other matchups we're interested in involve three playoff teams. The Oklahoma City Thunder will take on the Sacramento Kings and are currently listed as staggering 16-point favorites at most books, though Bookmaker is currently offering a spread of 15 if you believe the Thunder will dominate throughout.
Elsewhere, the San Antonio Spurs will try to get a road win over the Golden State Warriors. As of now, the very early spread is set at two points, but that number is bound to change throughout the day. Joe Freda will have his NBA picks for both of the aforementioned games and we're interested to find out which plays he likes.
The Miami Heat continue to churn out wins like it's nobody's business. They've won six straight, a streak that includes consecutive home victories over Boston (109-101) and Chicago (105-93).
Tonight the Heat will take on a reeling Cleveland Cavaliers team that's lost four in a row. That being said, there's a reason the NBA odds still haven't been made public for this game. Oddsmakers are waiting for confirmed reports on who's playing for Miami and who's sitting out. Dwyane Wade has already been ruled out, as have Shane Battier and Udonis Haslem, while there's a chance LeBron James and Chris Bosh could be given the night off too.
Jordan Sharp has been hitting his total plays at a good rate – will he be taking that route again for tonight's game in Cleveland? Perhaps that's where the value will be, considering it's always difficult to gauge the best ATS side when so many players are missing.
We will be back later on to discuss tonight's slate further, while also seeing what kind of line movement there has been. As always, SBRodds.com gives you a heads up on the competition when finding the best NBA betting value out there, so make sure you're utilizing it.