With the playoff seedings almost set in both conferences, the only major thing left to be decided is who will win the Atlantic division. The Philadelphia 76ers sit a half-game in back of Boston though the Sixers have two games left while the Celtics have one remaining. The 76ers will get today’s four-game slate started by hosting the Pacers at 1 p.m. ET.
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Grizzlies Spread (-6.0) Over Pelicans
This game has minimal playoff impact as Memphis will be the second seed out west, and New Orleans sits in the ninth position, two games ahead of San Antonio. Both teams have two games left though the Pelicans will host the Spurs in their play-in game unless they lose both contests and the Spurs win theirs. The Pelicans won only one game (1-3) against the Spurs this season.
New Orleans (36-44) has played very well over the last 10 games. The Pelicans have won two straight and seven of 10 as they have been excellent on the offensive end. They have averaged 114.6 points on 47.2% shooting from the field while attempting a league-best 27.3 free throws per game. C.J. McCollum, Brandon Ingram and Jonas Valanciunas have played exceptionally well during this stretch. However, the Pelicans have struggled defensively as they have permitted their opponents to shoot 48.6% from the field and 37.3% from beyond the arc. New Orleans may be without Ingram (hamstring) for the second straight game, and they are 7-17 without him this season, with 13 of the losses by six or more points.
Meanwhile, Memphis enters the game having lost two straight though both of those games were on the road and against quality teams. The Grizzlies had won seven consecutive games prior to this losing streak. The Grizzlies are one of the best teams in the league, and Ja Morant (questionable) could play for the first time since March 18. Desmond Bane and De’Anthony Melton have really stepped up in Morant’s absence, while Dillion Brooks also has been solid recently.
Moreover, Memphis has been terrific at home this season with a plus-9.7 scoring margin. The Grizzlies have defeated the Pelicans in two of the three meetings this year, with both victories by double figures. Memphis has been very good at forcing turnovers and hitting the offensive glass against the Pelicans.
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Warriors Spread (-4.0) Over Spurs
This is an essential game for the Warriors as they can take a step closer to clinching the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference. Golden State (51-29) holds a half-game advantage over the Mavericks for the crucial third spot. The Warriors have played one fewer game than the Mavericks. Dallas won the season series over Golden State 3-1.
Golden State appears to have started to “right the ship” with three straight wins as Klay Thompson, Jordan Poole, and Andrew Wiggins have been magnificent. Thompson will sit out tonight, but the Warriors should still pick up the win as the Spurs will be really shorthanded. San Antonio has won seven of its last nine games. But the 10th-seeded Spurs won’t have Dejounte Murray, Devin Vassell, Keldon Johnson or Jakob Poeltl as each player due to a variety of issues.
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