As the NBA regular season is coming to an end, teams are jockeying for playoff positions, as well as playoff berths. The restart in the “bubble” in Orlando has brought us some very exciting basketball to date. With so many things on the line in the last few games, we will see some even better basketball. Let’s take a look at some of the weekend’s to games so you can plan ahead your bets against their NBA odds.
NBA Betting: Top Games of the Weekend
Saturday, August 8th – Los Angeles Clippers vs. Portland Trailblazers
After winning their last two games, the Blazers have pulled to within ½ game of the 8th spot in the Western Conference playoff race. Led by Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, the Blazers have made a strong run at a playoff berth. This run has also been fueled by the resurgence of Carmelo Anthony.
The Clippers can’t finish any higher than the 2nd seed, but they do need to keep winning to hold off the Denver Nuggets from moving ahead of them. Denver is just 1 ½ games behind the Clippers.
The Clippers may have the most talented team in the league, so they’ll need to use all of it to keep the #2 seed.
Saturday, August 8th – Phoenix Suns vs. Miami Heat
Maybe the hottest team in the bubble (no pun intended) is the Phoenix Suns. Winners of four in a row, the Suns are making a run at the #9 spot, and a chance to win a play-in series to get into the playoffs. Led by Devin Booker, the Suns have been an offensive force during the re-start.
The Heat have pretty much solidified either a #4 or #5 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. They’ll be looking to stay sharp for a playoff run. Many see the Heat as a potential darkhorse to win the Eastern Conference.
Sunday, August 9th – Toronto Raptors vs. Memphis Grizzlies
The Grizzlies came into the bubble as the 8th seed, and are currently in the 8th seed, but they’re fading fast. Currently on a five-game losing streak, and without Jaren Jackson Jr. for the rest of the season, the Grizzlies are headed in the wrong direction. They’re on the verge of losing any shot to make the playoffs.
And just when you think things couldn’t get worse for Memphis, here come the Raptors. The Raptors will probably be the #2 seed in the East. They are on a seven-game winning streak, and are playing at a championship level. Even without Kawhi Leonard, the defending champs could very well have another shot at winning the Larry O’Brien trophy.
Sunday, August 9th – Philadelphia 76ers vs. Portland Trailblazers
After getting healthy on the long layoff, Ben Simmons is hurt again. This could be a huge blow to the Sixers, as they’re fighting to move up to the #5 seed in the playoffs and avoid the Celtics in the first round. Without Simmons, there will be more pressure on Joel Embiid.
The Blazers could come into this game on a three-game winning streak. Every game is so important to the Blazers, and they’re catching the 76ers at just the right time. Philadelphia has struggled defensively, and Damian Lillard and Company have been putting up some big scoring numbers.