NBA Best Bets Last Week Of The SeasonJosh Bailey
It’s the final week of the 2017 NBA Regular Season. All three games that I’ve chosen for my picks this week happen on Wednesday, April 12. Will Atlanta or Indiana knock the other out of the Eastern Conference Playoffs on Wednesday? What’s going to happen when San Antonio, at full strength, takes on Utah in Salta Lake City? Finally, who wins when New Orleans heads to Portland to battle the Trailblazers?
NBA Best Bets Last Week Of The Season
Atlanta at Indiana
When: Wednesday, April 12 at 8:00 pm ET
Where: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN
Analysis: As of April 8, Indiana has a 40 and 40 record. The Pacers, if the playoffs started today, would be the 7-seed in the Eastern Conference. Atlanta has a 41 and 38 record. The Hawks are a game and a half ahead of the Pacers in the Eastern Conference Playoff race.
Atlanta has secured a spot in the playoffs no matter what. Indiana? The Pacers must win to ensure they don’t lose out to Miami, who is only a game behind Indiana as of April 8. That gives me hope that Indiana comes out strong in this battle.
I think Paul George is underrated as an NBA Player. He’s as good as any small forward in the league not named LeBron. I think George leads the Pacers to a win against the spread.
Pick: Indiana ATS
San Antonio at Utah
When: Wednesday, April 12 at 9:00 pm ET
Where: Vivint Smart Home Arena, Salt Lake City, UT
Analysis: I don’t have any issues with Utah. The Jazz are a decent team. They could really do some damage in the Western Conference Playoffs. Versus the Spurs on Wednesday, though, Utah could be in some trouble.
San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich was thoroughly embarrassed by San Antonio’s 87 to 98 loss to the L.A. Clippers on April 8. Afterwards, Pop said that nobody on the Spurs was going to get rest in the final week of the regular season.
At full strength, there are few teams in the NBA that can beat San Antonio. I don’t see Utah beating the Spurs on Wednesday if Pop sticks to his word and starts LaMarcus Aldridge and Kawhi Leonard.
Pick: San Antonio ATS
New Orleans at Portland
When: Wednesday, April 12 at 10:30 pm ET
Where: Moda Center, Portland, OR
Analysis: Portland, like Indiana in the Eastern Conference, is 40 and 40 as of April 8. The Trailblazers are 1.5 games ahead of Denver for the 8-seed in the Western Conference Playoffs.
New Orleans could shut down Anthony Davis or DeMarcus Cousins this week. The Pelicans might shut down both players for the final game of the regular season now that New Orleans has been eliminated from playoff contention.
I don’t see the Blazers losing this game. On April 12, they should win easily while covering the spread.
Pick: Portland ATS