The 2013-14 NBA season is slowly winding down and teams are positioning for seeds in the playoffs, trying to sneak in, or even positioning for a shot at a high pick in the 2014 NBA Draft.
Naturally, there’s going to be a frenzy for pro basketball fans to lay down some bets before the regular season officially comes to a close. With a full slate of games (10 to be exact) on Tuesday night, we’re leaning on the NBA lines at Topbet.eu to help us make our daily NBA picks. It all starts with the Washington Wizards and Charlotte Bobcats as both teams try to figure out where they’ll stand in the East’s playoff picture down the stretch.
With that, it’s on to tonight’s game picks and analysis:
Wizards (+3) @ (-3) Bobcats
Big Al Jefferson helps kick Tuesday’s NBA action off, as he and his Bobats take on the Wizards to work at some playoff positioning. Charlotte rests comfortably at the #7 seed for now, but a win tonight could push them in the right direction, sitting just three games behind Washington’s #6 seed. The Wiz can’t stop Jefferson down low and the Bobcats are at home, so look for Charlotte to lock up a close contest.
Pick: Bobcats 93, Wizards 90
Spurs (-4.5) @ (+4.5) Pacers
Indiana is floundering and the Spurs are trying to lock up the best overall record in the NBA. Indiana has the home floor and still can make an effort to secure the top record in the East, but should have their hands full with the fundamentally sound Spurs. With a 17-game winning streak pushing them smoothly ahead, it will be hard to see San Antonio dropping this one.
Pick: Spurs 98, Pacers 94
Raptors (+6) @ (-6) Heat
Chris Bosh faces his former team when the Toronto Raptors visit Miami on Tuesday night, with Toronto trying to hold onto the third overall seed and the Heat chasing the Indiana Pacers for the best record in the East. With more at stake for Miami, look for LeBron James and co. to button things down at home, where they’ve lost just six games all season.
Pick: Heat 99, Raptors 96
Bucks (+6.5) @ (-6.5) Pistons
Milwaukee is easily one of the worst teams in the NBA right now and is borderline unwatchable, but at least this matchup has the revenge factor with point guards Brandon Knight (Milwaukee) and Brandon Jennings (Detroit) facing their former franchises. Detroit is annoyingly inconsistent, but they’re at home and contrary to popular belief are the much better team. Look for them to get the better of the Bucks tonight.
Pick: Pistons 101, Bucks 95
76ers (+12.5) @ (-12.5) Hawks
Philly finally snapped its now infamous losing streak, but it won’t be easy to suddenly start a winning streak on the road against the Hawks, who will be looking to snap a six-game winning streak of their own. Atlanta is undermanned and a little down in the dumps, but still holds just a two game lead over the New York Knicks for the 8th and final seed in the Eastern Conference. Don’t be shocked to see the Sixers cover the spread, but look for the Hawks to break their skid and keep their pace ahead of the Knicks.
Pick: Hawks 105, 76ers 96
Celtics (+10) @ (-10) Bulls
Chicago and Boston just faced off on Monday night and will go to battle again, this time in Chicago. The Celtics will be without star point guard Rajon Rondo and will be playing a tough road game. Look for the Bulls to take control early and close this one out.
Pick: Bulls 96, Celtics 80
Kings (+3.5) @ (-3.5) Pelicans
Two poor defensive teams wage war on Tuesday night, as the Kings clash with the Pellies in New Orleans. Injuries to Isaiah Thomas and Anthony Davis could suck the life out of this one, but the home team should still stand tall, regardless. The Pellies are only average on their home floor, but Sac-town’s abysmal road record leaves little doubt here.
Pick: Pelicans 104, Kings 100
Clippers (-3) @ (+3) Timberwolves
Minnesota is slowly dropping out of playoff consideration, but still clings to some life for the #8 overall seed. They’ll need a huge win Tuesday night against a Blake Griffin-less Clippers squad. Los Angeles shouldn’t be quite the same without their beast in the post, so look for Kevin Love to dominate in a big home win.
Pick: Timberwolves 104, Clippers 101
Knicks (-3.5) @ (+3.5) Jazz
Another battle of two poor defensive squads, as Carmelo Anthony and the Knicks head to Utah to take on Gordon Hayward and the Jazz. Utah holds a mild advantage with this one being at home, but the Knicks are just two games back from the East’s final playoff spot and need to try to gain ground on the Hawks. They simply need this more and should find a way to get it done against a bad Jazz team.
Pick: Knicks 107, Jazz 99
Grizzlies (-3.5) @ (+3.5) Nuggets
Denver has been a much better team at home and when point guard Ty Lawson is healthy, but they’re out of the playoff picture and the Grizzlies have been beastly on defense with a healthy Marc Gasol manning the post. Look for the Grizz to take care of business against an inferior team in a huge game as they try to sneak into the playoffs.
Pick: Grizzlies 95, Nuggets 90
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