After running hot for a few days we came back down to Earth yesterday. The NBA Bubble was out to humble me.
Today’s Picks will not include Washington vs. Boston because the game has already started.
Sacramento Kings +5.5 vs Los Angeles Lakers
The Lakers will be sitting out some key players today. According to reports, Anthony Davis, Kyle Kuzma, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Alex Caruso will be out.
LeBrong James will only play a half.
Milwaukee Bucks +3 vs Memphis Grizzlies
The Grizzlies have everything at stake here. A win and along with a Portland loss will get them the 8 seed.
Memphis will be the 9 seed with win, or losses by Phoenix and San Antonio.
Dallas Mavericks +9 vs Phoenix Suns
Must win game for Phoenix to have any chance of making the playoffs. The get the 8 seed with a win, combined with a Memphis loss and a Portland loss.
The 9 seed is also within reach with a win, combined with a Memphis loss or a Portland loss.
The Mavericks are locked into the 7 spot.
San Antonio Spurs -8 vs Utah Jazz
The Spurs have been a pleasant surprise in the Bubble and still have an outside chance of making the playoffs.
But to do that, they will need a lot of help. To get the 8 seed, they will need to win, combined with a Memphis loss, a Phoenix loss and a Portland loss.
To get the seed it will take a win, plus a combined two losses from Phoenix, Portland or Memphis.
New Orleans Pelicans +4 vs Orlando Magic
According to reports, Orlando will sit Aaron Gordon (hamstring strain), Evan Fournier (non-COVID illness) and Terrence Ross (quarantine) and Michael Carter-Williams (foot tendon strain).
The Pelicans will sit Zion Williamson, Brandon Ingram and Jrue Holiday. Josh Hart is questionable.
New Orleans +4
Portland Trail Blazers -9.5 vs Brooklyn Nets
Portland’s playoff scenario goes as follows:
The get the 8 seed with a win, or losses by Memphis, Phoenix and San Antonio. They get the 9 seed with a combined two losses from Phoenix, San Antonio or Memphis