Last night we witnessed the Toronto Raptors blitz the Hawks in Atlanta as five-point underdogs. A moneyline wager on the Raptors there would have netted you a nice +200 profit in most instances.
The late game featured the Los Angeles Clippers and Portland Trail Blazers, with the Clippers easily winning by 16. Depending on the final number you got, you either won or pushed if you sided with L.A. to cover.
With a large slate scheduled to close out the season, where are we looking to place our NBA picks?
The Los Angeles Lakers and Utah Jazz are still fighting it out for a postseason spot. As of now it's the Lakers that hold the eighth spot, but a win over the Houston Rockets tonight would propel them up to seventh, setting up a date with the San Antonio Spurs in the first round.
Jeff Grant will be looking at L.A's game with Houston as well as Memphis/Utah for tonight.
The Lakers struggled to get going offensively without Kobe Bryant against the Spurs the other night, but they looked a heck of a lot better on the defensive end. Right now they're favored by 2.5 points, though it will be interesting to see what kind of movement, if any, we'll see there.
Utah will enter tonight's contest in Memphis as five-point underdogs. Obviously it's a must-win for the Jazz, but they've gone 13-27 SU on the road this season and will have their hands full regardless of who gets extended minutes for the Grizzlies.
Take a look at a few betting trends from the first round of the NBA Playoffs.
The Miami Heat, winners of seven in a row, will close out the regular season with a home game against the Orlando Magic.
With a lot of uncertainty surrounding who will be active, NBA odds makers have been hesitant to release a line for the game. Jordan Sharp will have his NBA pick for that one shortly, though he'll have to wait for the final odds to be set, just like the public.
The Oklahoma City Thunder meanwhile have wrapped up the number one overall seed out of the West. Tonight they will entertain the Milwaukee Bucks, and like the Miami game there are no lines out just yet. Scott Brooks has already stated Russell Westbrook will likely play 10 minutes or less, and you'd have to expect something similar for the likes of Kevin Durant and Serge Ibaka. Kendrick Perkins is out and Kevin Martin, Nick Collison and Derek Fisher could be given a rest too.
Sharp will be selecting either a side or total play for that contest and he has a tough task on his hands with so many guys set to miss out for Oklahoma City.
Our other picks...
Jeff Grant will also take a look at San Antonio/Minnesota and again there are no NBA odds out for that game either. Who knows who Gregg Popovich will decide to rest this evening.
I will be making a play on the New York Knicks' home game against the Atlanta Hawks, though it'll certainly be a tricky call given the Knicks and Hawks are likely to be extra cautious with their personnel as we approach the postseason.
Finally, Sharp will return for another edition of his picks of the day. He has a full slate to choose from, so we can't wait to see which matchups he decides to break down.
As you can see, it's going to be a busy day in the association, and SBR will have a number of sports picks for you to sift through to help you make your final selections. Come back and see us later in the day to see what our recommendations are!