NBA is down tonight a bit this weekend with March Madness in full swing. However, there are plenty of interesting games lined up for your basketball picks.
March Madness has captured our souls. But as much as we love the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, and as much as their “student-athletes” are ditching the first half of that name in support of the second, the NBA is still a level higher on the food chain. There’s also this thing called the NBA playoffs coming up. This weekend’s results could make or break some of the would-be postseason teams, so make your basketball picks wisely, and may the sphere be with you.
Friday, March 17th 7:00 p.m. ET, NBA-TV
The Bulls are in a tight spot. They’re on the playoff bubble in the Eastern Conference, and it looks like they’ve finally decided to take this seriously, putting Rajon Rondo (–0.6 BPM) back at starting point guard and giving Nikola Mirotic (–1.0 BPM) his usual reserve minutes at power forward. You don’t always need great team chemistry to win; look at the Wizards, who seem to manage just fine whenever both John Wall (+4.0 BPM) and Bradley Beal (+2.5 BPM) are healthy in the backcourt.
Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Los Angeles Clippers
Saturday, March 18th 8:30 p.m. ET, ABC
So Andrew Bogut is officially done with the Cavaliers after less than a minute in uniform. How about Larry Sanders, then? You might remember Sanders from his breakthrough 2012-13 season with the Milwaukee Bucks when he led the league in blocks at 7.6 percent and posted a +2.5 BPM. But you probably remember Sanders more for the shenanigans that ensued. Meanwhile, the Clippers are healthy again, and they’ve got more depth than years past, so they’re back to thumping the NBA odds. Enjoy while it lasts.
Indiana Pacers at Toronto Raptors
Sunday, March 19th 6:00 p.m. ET, NBA-TV
The Raptors without Kyle Lowry (+6.5 BPM) are like corn flakes without the milk. They’re better on defense now that Serge Ibaka (–2.4 BPM) and P.J. Tucker (–1.1 BPM) are in town, but the offense is a quagmire sans Lowry, as you can guess by those negative signs. Maybe Indiana will get some revenge for last year’s playoffs, and improve their position in the East while they’re at it.