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Utah Jazz
Utah Jazz
Los Angeles Lakers
Los Angeles Lakers
Sat Apr 17

Point Spread Pick

The Utah Jazz beat the Indiana Pacers 119-111 last night, but they lost their best player Donovan Mitchell to an ankle injury. After scoring 22 points in the game, Mitchell went down midway through the third quarter, but the team responded well and managed to pull out the victory at home. Mitchell is expected to miss extended time which is a big blow to the title aspirations of the Jazz who still have an NBA-best 42-14 record. Heading into games Utah is often favored by a ton of points, but because of that they are only 2-5 ATS in their last seven outings and have covered only once in their last six road games.

Anthony Davis is edging closer to making a comeback. He has been cleared to practice fully, which is exactly what the Lakers need right now. LA has split their last ten games and are holding on to the fifth position in the West while Davis and LeBron James are still out. There’s still no date set on when the dynamic duo will return, but the good news for the Lakers is they play their next two at home, where they are 16-12 this season and have covered four times in the last five meetings against the Jazz. LA is also 4-2 ATS over their last six overall and 8-2 ATS in their last ten Saturday games.

With the injury to Mitchell the landscape of the Western Conference changes dramatically. Although they beat Indiana last night, Utah is definitely not the same team without him. Even with him, they haven’t been as convincing on the road this season, going just 13-14 in 27 games. The Lakers still aren’t at full strength, but there’s still a ton of fight in this team as we saw in their win against the Hornets and in the eight-point loss to Boston last time they played. The Lakers are 7-3 ATS in the last ten head-to-head and have gone 4-1 ATS in their last five at Staples Center against Utah. Go with LA and the free points.

Game Totals Pick

It remains to be seen what type of basketball the Jazz will now be playing without their superstar. Mitchell accounts for 26.5 points per game, so players like Bogdanovic and Clarkson will have to step it up offensively. The Lakers are the second-best defensive team in the NBA, allowing just 105.9 points per game. They also don’t score a ton, especially with AD and LeBron out, their points-per-game average has fallen to 109.8. The total has gone under in six of their last seven games at Staples Center. Over their last ten meetings these teams average a combined 207.9 points per game and shoot around the 44 percent mark from the field. Whoever comes out on top tonight is likely to do so by limiting the other team’s scoring. Take the under.

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Detroit Pistons
Detroit Pistons
Washington Wizards
Washington Wizards
Sat Apr 17

Point Spread Pick

A six-point win against the Oklahoma City Thunder last night ended a three-game losing streak for the Detroit Pistons, who are now 17-39 on the season. Josh Jackson scored 29 points stepping up in the absence of their leading scorer Jerami Grant. Detroit’s road form hasn’t been all that good lately, they’ve won just five of their last 15 games. In head-to-head meetings Pistons are only 2-4 ATS against Washington and have failed to cover in their last five visits to Washington.

Washington is hitting form just at the right time, with last night’s overtime win against the New Orleans Pelicans they are now tied for tenth place with the Toronto Raptors in the East. Russell Westbrook was just one assist shy of a triple-double, but still finished the game with an impressive 36 points, 15 rebounds and nine assists. The most impressive Westbrook stat of the night was the fact that he scored ten of 12 OT points for the Wizards, finishing off the Pelicans. Bradley Beal also had 30 points and Washington is 5-1 in their last six games. They’ve also covered in six of their last seven.

Although Detroit won the previous meeting 120-91, it’s worth pointing out Bradley Beal didn’t play in that game for Washington and without them they are just not the same team. Wizards are now at full strength, while Detroit could be without their leading scorer Grant and a couple more players. This game means a lot more to the Wizards, while the Pistons are looking to move as high up in the draft lottery as they can. Take the Wizards to cover at home.

Game Totals Pick

The line has been set approaching the 230 mark, which is quite a lot if we look at the last ten meetings between these teams. In those games they are averaging just 213.2 points between them and in the previous three that number is even lower at 205 per game. The under has finished in seven of Washington’s last ten games and in four of their last five played at the Capital One Arena. This has also been the case in Detroit’s last four of five games and in five straight against Southeast Division teams. Washington does play at the fastest pace in the NBA, but they just had an overtime game last night and fatigue might kick in. Detroit is only 23rd in pace of play and just 25th in offensive efficiency. Go with the under.

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Golden State Warriors
Golden State Warriors
Boston Celtics
Boston Celtics
Sat Apr 17

Point Spread Pick

Golden State has lost center James Wiseman for the rest of the season. He was not a major contributor, but he did give them some size on the inside and he could rebound and block some shots. Stephen Curry has been fantastic of late and without Wiseman, the Warriors become even more perimeter-oriented. Curry has not scored less than 32 points in the last nine games and when he is shooting like he can this team is dangerous, even if those around him are not impressive. 

The Celtics are one of their best runs of the season with five wins in a row and seven of eight. Big man Robert Williams is questionable for this one, but with their being next to no interior presence on the Warriors his absence will not be a big one. In their last win against the Lakers, it was Jaylen Brown’s time to shine. He scored 40 points while shooting an amazing 17 for 20 from the field. Jayson Tatum had been carrying Boston for a little while, but Brown reminded us there are two all-stars on the team. 

At first glance, this line seems way too generous to Golden State. I know that Boston has frustrated at times this season, but they are playing really good ball right now. Yes, Curry can keep his team in it–but the Celtics’ Marcus Smart can also get in his jersey and his head for a night, or at the very least reduce his efficiency. Unless Curry scores 40 or more, I don’t see how the Celtics don’t win comfortably. Even if he does, I can still see Boston winning fairly easily at home. Take Boston.

Game Totals Pick

Golden State has been a bad road team and a terrible over team this season, 23-33 O/U. They just aren’t the team they were a few years back and thanks to injuries they are not even the team they were to start the season. The offense is pretty much Curry with some Andrew Wiggins mixed in for variety. We can take advantage of the Warriors being on a winning streak currently, and putting up some points in the process. When you look at who they played though only the Denver win stands out in the last four and that game went under. This team only scored 107 points against Washington a couple of weeks ago, and the Wizards are a team everyone lights up. The Warriors will struggle to score enough to push this one over. Take the under. 

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NBA Schedule 2020/21

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. 

2020/21 NBA Schedule Key Dates

• Dec. 1-5: Individual player workouts and Media Week
• 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
March 11-May 16: Second Half of the NBA regular season
May 18-21: Playoffs Play-In Tournament
 May 22-July 22: 2021 NBA Playoffs

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