The NBA regular season is headed to the postseason and teams are continuing to jockey for position. Just five of the 16 combined Eastern and Western Conference playoff places are set.
The Milwaukee Bucks, Philadelphia 76ers, Toronto Raptors, Golden State Warriors, and Denver Nuggets have stamped their tickets for the NBA postseason. Will another team stake their position in the playoffs this weekend?
Let’s review some of the NBA’s top picks for Sunday, March 24th 2019
Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Milwaukee Bucks
The Bucks have the NBA’s best normal season record to date. They have 28-6 home record and with the Cleveland Cavaliers having the second-worst record at 19-53 in Eastern Conference.
Milwaukee has crushed the Cavs in both of their previous meetings this season. The Bucks won both games by a spread of 12 points. Even if they rest Giannis Antetokounmp the Bucks are a better team.
Pick: Milwaukee Bucks
Los Angeles Clippers vs. New York Knicks
The New York Knicks have the least wins in the NBA. They remain to be a dreadfully run NBA organization. May perhaps they get the No. 1 pick? They are trying their finest to get it.
The Los Angeles Clippers are still battling for a playoff situation. The Clippers have won three back to back games as of today, but the west is so good they may possibly finish either as an eighth or fifth seed.
LA crushed the Knicks at home in early March. Can they do it on the road this time? All signs point to affirmative.
Pick: Los Angeles Clippers
San Antonio Spurs vs. Boston Celtics
My opinion Boston Celtics are most disappointing team in the NBA. The east was hypothetical to be controlled by the Celtics this season, but they have been unpredictable. Boston won’t drip below the fifth seed. The team’s road play has been the big disappointment. Boston is 17-18 on the road. Good thing Boston is playing on the home court on Sunday. The Celtics are 26-11 at home.
The San Antonio Spurs have by the same token just as bad of a road record at 13-22. The home team has won the previous four games between the Spurs and Celtics. That will happen once again at the TD Garden.
Pick: Boston Celtics
Sacramento Kings vs. Los Angeles Lakers
While neither the Sacramento Kings nor the Los Angeles Lakers have been removed from the playoff chase, their seasons are ended. Could something theatrical occur and one make the playoffs? It’s most doubtful.
The Lakers have won five of their last seven games against the Kings. That includes three victories at home. The Lakers are 18-16 at home while the Kings are 13-21 on the road.
Regardless of Los Angeles’ recent play versus Sacramento, the team is playing awfully. The Kings will get an underdog road win versus the Lakers.
Pick: Sacramento Kings
Detroit Pistons vs. Golden State Warriors
The Golden State Warriors are 5-5 in their last 10 games. It isn’t impressive, but the Warriors are traveling to the postseason.
Detroit is currently in a playoff place but could find itself on the outside looking in. The Pistons are eight games under .500. Surprisingly, Detroit has won two of its last three games against the Warriors. Will the Pistons make it three from four on Sunday? No.
Pick: Golden State Warriors