NBA’s Best Bets For The Last Week Of The Regular Season

NBA's Best Bets For The Last Week Of The Regular Season

NBA’s Best Bets For The Last Week Of The Regular Season

With a handful of games remaining in the 2014-15 NBA regular season there even fewer games left that have playoff implications. Boston, Brooklyn & Indiana out of the Eastern Conference and New Orleans & Oklahoma City out of the West still have a shot at locking in a playoff spot with 3 days remaining.

A Closer Look At The NBA’s Best Bets For The Last Week Of The Regular Season

Toronto at Boston
When: Tuesday, April 14th

Boston, Brooklyn and Indiana are all fighting for the final couple of playoff spots in the Eastern Conference while Toronto is in a battle with Chicago for the third or fourth seed in the Eastern Conference Playoffs. Toronto will be motivated, but it’s doubtful that since the Raptors are in the playoffs, they’re going to be as motivated as Boston.

The Celtics have won 5 out of their last 6 not counting a Sunday battle with Cleveland. Boston should have no trouble beating Toronto on Tuesday because the Raptors will already be thinking playoffs while the Celtics will be fighting to make sure they get into the playoffs.

Utah at Houston
When: Wednesday, April 15th

Here’s another game where motivation might play a key role. Utah won’t make the playoffs but they’ve gone 6 and 2 straight up not counting their Monday battle against Dallas. The Jazz’s coach, Quin Snyder, will be plenty motivated to prove to upper management that they made the right decision by hiring him during the middle of the season.

Snyder’s going to get his guys to play well versus a Houston team that needs to get healthy if they have any hope of contending in the deep Western Conference. Even though Houston is in a battle with San Antonio for the fifth seed, it’s unlikely that Coach Kevin McHale is going to push his guys too hard versus Utah. Go with the Jazz.

San Antonio at New Orleans
When: Wednesday, April 15th

New Orleans is tied with Oklahoma City for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Usually, the motivation factor would come into play, but San Antonio is different than the other teams in the West at this point in the season.

Coach Popovich has the Spurs on a roll. Pop isn’t going to let the momentum die by losing to the Pelicans, a squad that San Antonio is much better than. The Spurs should have no problem beating New Orleans and covering the spread on Wednesday.

Denver at Golden State
When: Wednesday, April 15th

One should be very surprised if Steve Kerr doesn’t rest Klay Thompson and Seth Curry in this matchup. The Warriors have worked hard all season to garner the number one seed in the Western Conference Playoffs. This is a meaningless matchup that would do nothing to help Golden State’s playoff chances.

Here’s another situation where a new coach needs to end the season with his team playing well. Melvin Hunt is the current interim coach of the Denver Nuggets. He’d love to win the job outright. Beating Golden State could help his cause and it seems like the players in Denver really like him. The Nuggets to beat Golden State out right seems like the logical play.