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Charlotte Hornets
Charlotte Hornets
Indiana Pacers
Indiana Pacers
Tue May 18

Point Spread Pick

Although they looked good at times against the Washington Wizards on Sunday, the Charlotte Hornets ended up losing their final game of the regular season and as a result they are now in the play-in tournament. They lost their last five games overall, four of those games were against playoff bound teams and three of them were by five or less points. In the loss against Washington all five starters scored in double figures led by Terry Rozier who had 22 points, nine rebounds and nine assists. Without a superstar on their roster, this team simply doesn’t have anyone who will close out games for them and that’s the main reason they’ve struggled in close games lately. The Hornets are just 1-6 in their last seven games on the road and 2-6 at Indiana since 2018.

The Pacers finished the regular season with a win at Toronto which was their third win in five games. Domantas Sabonis put up huge numbers once again with 25 points and 16 rebounds. Rookie Oshae Brissett stepped up and had a career-high 31 points and 10 rebounds in the 125-113 win. Health has been an issue for Indiana all season long. Currently they have Malcolm Brogdon, Aaron Holiday, Caris LeVert, Myles Turner, and Edmond Sumner all listed as questionable for Tuesday’s game. Brogdon, LeVert and Turner are likely to suit up, so the Pacers will be just fine here.

Elimination games are never easy to predict, but given the form of the two teams involved I would lean towards Indiana in this one. Hornets have lost five straight and have covered just once in their last five at Indy. Pacers have scored well lately, while Charlotte has struggled without Gordon Hayward in that department. Let’s back Indiana -3.5 Point Spread.

Game Totals Pick

With this being a winner takes all scenario, I think both teams will slow down their tempo a bit as every possession will be huge. The line has been set at 229.5 Total Points, that number hasn’t been reached in neither of the three meetings played in the regular season between the two teams. The total has also gone under in 12 of 17 Hornets road games and in the last six of eight games between these two teams played in Indiana. Neither team has impressed this season when it comes to offensive efficiency, Charlotte Ranks only 23rd in the NBA while the Pacers are in the middle of the pack at 14th. Defending becomes a priority in these type of games and I think that will the case in this one as well, whoever can defend will come out on top here. Let’s go Under 228.5 Points.

Under 228.5 line available at time of publishing. Playable to under 226.5 Points

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San Antonio Spurs
San Antonio Spurs
Memphis Grizzlies
Memphis Grizzlies
Wed May 19

Point Spread Pick

San Antonio ended the season with four straight defeats following back-to-back losses to the Phoenix Suns at home. Head coach Gregg Popovich missed both of those games to attend the Hall of Fame ceremony and the Spurs rested the majority of their starters as it was obvious they would be the 10th seed. DeMar DeRozan is in solid form, he had 23 points in just 25 minutes on Sunday. San Antonio is one of those rare teams that are better in road games than at home. They went 19-17 away from home and have covered the spread 23 times in 36 road games this season. However they are 1-2 SU in the three meetings against the Grizzlies this regular season.

Memphis had a shot at the eighth seed last night, but they just didn’t have an answer for Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors who beat them 113-101. It was only their second defeat in the last eight games, Jonas Valanciunas had 29 points and 16 rebounds for the Grizz. Ja Morant will have to do a lot better than his 7-for-21 from the field and 1-for-6 from three-point land if Memphis wants to advance here. In three games played against the Spurs this season he dominated with an average of 25.3 points per game on 62 percent shooting from the field.

Memphis won the last two meetings against the Spurs by 31 and 27 points. This game will probably be a bit closer than that as it’s an elimination game and a lot is at stake. Both teams are doing good injury-wise as well. I would lean towards a Memphis win here, they are in much better shape after winning six of their last eight games and owning the Spurs in the last two meetings. Let’s back Memphis -3.5 Point Spread.

Game Totals Pick

San Antonio’s defense has been leaky as of late, they’ve allowed an average of 123.6 points over their last five games and for the season they rank only 18th in defensive efficiency. More than half of their road games went over the total this season (19-17) and in head-to-head meetings against the Grizzlies the three meetings this season have averaged 242 points. The one game that was played in Memphis finished with 250 points. With this being a play-in elimination game, I don’t think we will see that many points, but it should still be a higher scoring game given the style of play by both teams this season. Memphis plays the eighth fastest pace in the league this year, they also rank fourth in offensive rebounding percentage with Valanciunas dominating the middle. The Spurs won’t have an answer for him in this one, I think the way to go here is Over 224.5 points.

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The NBA and the NBAPA announced they’ve agreed upon the rules for the upcoming 2020/21 NBA season, following the Covid-19 stricken 2019-20 season that saw the Los Angeles Lakers crowned champions back in October. The 2020/21 NBA season is scheduled to start on December 22nd, meaning a quick turn around, and one that has been met with some criticism by many players across the league.  The NBA has released the first half of the 2020/21 schedule, with the second half of the schedule due to being released in the latter half of the first half of the NBA schedule.

Each team will play a 72-game season, which is 10 fewer than a regular year, another fall out from the landscape we currently find ourselves in. Players and staff will be tested daily, starting from the first day of individual workouts on December 1st, and will continue throughout the season. 

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• Dec. 6-10: Team player workouts start
• Dec. 11-19: Preseason games
• Dec. 22 – March 4: First Half of the NBA regular season
March 5-10: 2021 All-Star break
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