We have an 11 game slate for the second last day of the NBA Regular season and a couple of sides will be playing for a Playoff spot in the East and a few teams still fighting for a Playoff position.
Here are some of the better NBA Picks for April 9th, 2019.
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Charlotte Hornets @ Cleveland Cavs
Prediction – 221.5
The Hornets are challenging for that last spot in the Eastern Conference and Kemba Walker has really been trying to get his team up in their last four games.
The Cavs may struggle to score if the Hornets bring some pressure on the defensive end and this game should be low scoring. The Hornets are Hot Favourites and they shouldn’t lose this game.
Memphis Grizzlies @ Detroit Pistons
Prediction Memphis + 10.5
Wayne Ellington +14.5 Points
There has been nothing to suggest that the Pistons even want to take part in the postseason in their last week. Continuous disappointment and poor efforts offensively and defensively makes them a difficult side to back. The Grizzlies are missing some players but 10 Points is a lot and they should be around it.
The Pistons will need a scorer in this contest and the Grizzlies do not defend the Shooting Guard Spot particularly well. Wayne Ellington should make some buckets from the land of plenty and cover the number.
Philadelphia 76ers @ Miami Heat
Prediction – 219.5
The Heat can still make the playoffs and this will be the last regular season game for the Great Dwyane Wade.
Wade is one of the all-time greats and his teammates will surely lift to send him out on a high. They should win this game and a potential playoff spot will encourage some pressure on the defensive end. Could be low scoring.
Toronto Raptors @ Minnesota Timberwolves
Prediction Minnesota + 7.5
The Timberwolves have had a poor season and have struggled for consistency. They come up against a Raptors team that has cemented their playoff spot and could rest players at the last minute. The Wolves will want to give their fans something to go home with and may even win this game.
Phoenix Suns@ Dallas Mavericks
Prediction Dallas – 8.5
This will be the Great Dirk Nowitzki’s last home game and the Mavericks will want to put on a show for the fans. Dirk is one of the Greatest NBA Players in history and the Mavs should win this game easily. This is a motivation game for the Mavs and they may win it by plenty.
Denver Nuggets @ Utah Jazz
Prediction + 214.5
It is hard to pick a winner in this game so the Game Total looks like a decent bet. Utah has averaged 227 in their last 3 home encounters and the Nuggets have struggled on the road this year. The Nuggets need to win to consolidate second in the Western Conference. Expect some buckets this late in the season.
Golden State Warriors @ New Orleans Pelicans
Prediction Demarcus Cousins + 19.5 Points
Kevin Durant + 22.5 Points
This game is not a great game to have some interest in but some player props may be of value.
Kevin Durant can score quick and may even have his number done at half time.
DeMarcus Cousins will want to go back to New Orleans and prove a point and expect him to score some points. The Pelicans seemed to play better last year without him on the floor and this could have some revenge feel about it.
Portland Trail Blazers @ Los Angeles Lakers
Prediction + 224.5
Los Angeles Lakers + 9.5
These two sides have a combined head to head average of 231 over their last 5 matchups. Its also the last game of the year for the Lakers and they will want to send their fans home with some positives for next season. Expect them to have a crack and not get flogged.
The season is drawing to a close and the playoffs start in just under a week.
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