Best NBA Games to Watch in The First Week of April
The 2019 NBA Playoffs begin in less than two weeks, and that means the remaining games in the regular season will only get more intense as teams look to either clinch their spots in the postseason or secure a higher seed. Nitrogen Sports Blog lists down the five key games that you don’t want to miss out on this week.
Golden State Warriors vs Denver Nuggets (April 2)
While the Milwaukee Bucks are closing in the No. 1 seed in the East, it’s still very close in the West.
The Golden State Warriors and the Denver Nuggets are likely to finish in the top two, but this week’s game could determine who finishes as the No. 1 seed and as a result, get home-court advantage during the playoffs.
Los Angeles Clippers vs Houston Rockets (April 3)
The Clippers have exceeded expectations this season. Despite a lack of an elite player, Doc Rivers and the Clippers managed to book a ticket to the playoffs. The Rockets, meanwhile, have also clinched a playoff spot, but they can’t relax if they want to get a better seed in the postseason. This week’s encounter between the two teams could have heavy implications on their seedings. A win for the Clippers would also make it a season’s sweep for them against James Harden’s Rockets. They are 2-0 SU and 2-0 ATS against Houston in the last two meetings.
Philadelphia 76ers vs Milwaukee Bucks (April 4)
Both the 76ers and the Bucks have reserved their spots in the playoffs, and this week’s showdown could very well be a preview of the Eastern Conference Finals.
With their head-to-head series this season tied at 1-1, will Giannis and company send another strong message to their competitors? Or will the balanced Sixers team show that they’re the new force in the LeBron James-less East for years to come?
Indiana Pacers vs Boston Celtics (April 5)
The Pacers may be without injured star man Victor Oladipo, but they are still a threat and their game against the Celtics could play a big role in determining both teams’ seedings in the playoffs.
Boston has underwhelmed this season and its performance against a potential playoff opponent could indicate whether the Celtics will have a deep postseason run just like they did last year when they went all the way into the Eastern Conference Finals.
Toronto Raptors vs Miami Heat (April 6)
Kawhi Leonard and the Raptors will most likely lock up at least a second-place finish in the regular season before this week ends. They are playing for momentum heading into the playoffs.
The Heat, on the other hand, are in a precarious spot, as they are far from comfortable with their position in the standings. The Orlando Magic and the Charlotte Hornets are still breathing down Miami’s neck, so a win by the Heat against Toronto will be a shot in the arm of Erik Spoelstra’s team. Beating the Raptors will be no easy task, but a win could give Miami legend Dwyane Wade one last postseason run before he retires this year.
The 2018-19 NBA regular season is about to wrap up, but there are still more than a handful of meaningful games on schedule,as discussed in this NBA sports betting guide. Regularly check Nitrogen Sports blog for more basketball updates and helpful articles about how to bet on sports.