The NBA season is down to the closing few games just as playoff ranking is just about set. The featured game for April 5 is the Celtics versus the Pacers in a likely first round match up. Three additional games are on tap. Keep in mind that all information is through games played April 1.
Boston Celtics versus Indiana Pacers
The teams enter into play gridlocked in the standings. The winner most likely will gain home court edge against the other in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs. Boston is 18-20 when traveling and the Pacers are 29-10 at home. Neither team is trending effectively lately, “ice cold down” for Boston and “ice cold up” for Indiana. The Celtics feature a +20 to +12 edge on the Power Ranking Indicator and have won two of the three meetings between the teams this season. If taking a look at the “over/under”, the Totals Predictor suggests Boston is trending over and Indiana is trending under, therefore best definitely not to play the “over/under” in this one. When it comes to the game itself, the Pacers are very tough at home and with everything to play for, very likely come out on top to even the season set.
Portland Trailblazers versus Denver Nuggets
Denver comes in with a 51-25 record, second in the Western Conference. Portland is right on their rear, 49-28. Denver has one of the top home records in the league at 31-7 furthermore Portland is only a game over.500 on the road. The Trailblazers have a +28 to +23 advantage on the Power Ranking Indicator and “burning hot” versus “average down” on the Team Strength Oscillator. The Totals Predictor favors betting the “under” in this one. As for the outcome of the game, the Nuggets have taken both meetings between the teams this season. Battling for any shot to catch the Nuggets with a few games left, I go with Portland in an upset win.
Los Angeles Lakers versus Los Angeles Clippers
In a game including both Los Angeles teams, the Clippers come with a playoff berth concluded with a 47-32 record, while at the same time the Lakers are out of it at 35-42. The Clippers have won three of the four games between the teams this season and possess a +21 to +9 advantage on the Power Ranking Indicator. They are also the more stable team according to the Team Volatility Oscillator. In spite of the poor overall record, the Lakers have won their last two and are “burning hot” on the Team Strength Oscillator, same as the Clippers. Stay away from wagering the “over/under” in this one considering that the teams are opposite on the Totals Predictor Oscillator. The Clippers are the far better team right now and should win this one somewhat easily.
San Antonio Spurs against Washington Wizards
On paper, this appears like an easy prediction in favor of the Spurs. They are 44-33 versus 32-42 for the Wizards. However, the Spurs are just 14-24 on the road compared to 22-16 at home for the Wizards. Both of these teams happen to be trending poorly, at “ice cold down” versus “ice cold up”. The Spurs come with a large +19 to +5 edge on the Power Ranking Indicator and won the first game between the teams. With playoff positioning currently settled, don’t be surprised to see the Wizards win this one at home in a tight game.