The NBA playoffs are right around the corner — buckle up.
With multiple teams still in the running to earn a place in the bright lights of the postseason, the intensity is about to reach fever pitch this week.
Tuesday is a huge day of action and things will kick off for Aussie viewers from 9am.
We’ve had a look at the matches and put together our multi of the week:
NBA Tuesday April 10 multi
Raptors to beat Pistons – $1.37
Cavs to beat Knicks – $1.15
Thunder to beat Heat – $1.71
Nuggets to beat Blazers – $1.55
Pelicans to beat Clippers – $1.31
Some of these teams are under immense pressure to perform as the regular season climaxes. Here’s why we think each team has a chance of winning their matches:
The Raptors are the strongest team in the east and must be recognised as a surprise title threat. Against a weak and uninterested Pistons roster, we expect them to be well ahead when the final buzzer sounds.
LeBron James and the Cavs are fourth seed after losing to Philly in their previous match. They can still get back above the 76ers if they win the last couple of matches. That includes this battle at home against the Knicks.
If Russel Westbrook and the Thunder are to make the playoffs, they need to win against the Heat to ensure their place in a packed race in the West. The ‘big three’ should all play well and get the job done against Miami.
The Denver Nuggets are another team that can still make the playoffs. It won’t be easy from ninth position, but a win against the Blazers will be a huge fill-up. Denver’s season is on the line and we expect them to justify the favourite tag and play with an extreme intensity.
The Pelicans sit in fifth, but that does not mean they are safe. Another team that desperately needs to get another W, the Pelicans are going head to head with the Clippers. New Orleans enters the game as rightful favourites.
Best Bets for NBA Tuesday – April 10
Nikola Jokic to score 26 + and the Nuggets win: Ladbrokes have provided punters with a promotional market for this massive match. If the Nuggets are to win, it will be contributed to Nikola Jokic for having a huge game. He matches up well as the Blazers do not have a good matchup for the Denver big man. Ladbrokes provide this bet with a value of +300.
Thunder and Heat total points under 212: OKC will have to play conservatively if they want to win the match. As simple as it sounds this bet has good value, +118 with CrownBet.
Anthony Davis to make a 3pt field goal: Anthony Davis is a centre that is deadly beyond the arc. The clippers DeAndre Jordan will stay in the key for a majority of his matchup with Davis. The Unibrow is certain to take advantage of Jordan’s sluggish defence outside the key and make at least one triple.
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