Saturday, May 15.

DALLAS MAVERICKS vs toronto raptors
Mavs (-13.5) $1.90

The Mavs are sailing into the playoffs with a wet sail and will be looking to clinch a top 6 spot with a dominant performance against the Raptors.

Toronto were officially eliminated from playoff contention at the beginning of the week, since then they have gone on to loose five games straight, without putting up much of a fight.

Dallas have won three of their last four games by 18+ points, with Luka taking his game to another level.

The Raptors have already checked out and should get near the Mavs in this one.

New Orleans Pelicans vs Golden State Warriors
Curry 35+ Points

This has been a favourite play of mine over the past 6 weeks and for good reason, Steph Curry is a shooting God!

The Chef has been serving up an all you can eat buffet of deep 3’s, smashing records every time he steps foot on the court!

The former MVP is on track to claim this season’s scoring title, currently averaging half a point more than the prolific Bradley Beal.

With two games remaining Curry will want to put the title beyond reach with a big game against the Pels, a side who he is averaging 39 points against this season.

Friday, May 14.

MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES VS SACRAMENTO KINGS
Kings (+7.5)

It’s do-or-die for the Kings as they look to force their way into the Western Play-in series at the expense of the San Antonio Spurs.

The Grizzlies have already clinched their spot in the play-in series, though they can still improve their position to the 7th vs 8th game.

Sacramento are 7-3 across their last 10, looking for their third win on the bounce here, while Memphis are 5-5 across the same trip.

The Kings have covered the spread 17 times from 27 games as the away underdog this season.

With their season on the line, the Kings look a good bet at a very generous 7.5 line.

NEW YORK KNICKS VS SAN ANTONIO SPURS
Spurs (+4.5)

San Antonio can render the contest above irrelevant by pulling off an upset over the Knicks at MSG.

The Spurs won the reverse fixture against the Knicks by a whopping 26 points and will have more to play for here.

The Knicks clinched a place their first playoffs appearance since 2013, so it would come as no surprise to see them finally take their foot off the gas and freshen up before the real games begin.

NY has won just one of their last four outings and are hardly carrying the form to justify a 4.5 point handicap here.

Thursday, May 13.

ATLANTA HAWKS VS WASHINGTON WIZARDS
Wizards (+6.5)

The Bookies continue to sleep on the Wizards as we approach the end of the NBA regular season.

Narrowly losing out to the Hawks by one point just two days back, the Wizards get another crack at their division rivals here.

Thanks to Westbrook, who is playing like a man possessed, the Wizards have been able to force their way into play-in contention.

Washington have only lost four of their last 17 games, with none of the defeats blowing out beyond three points.

UTAH JAZZ VS PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS
Portland (+4.5)

Portland can clinch a playoff spot in the Western conference should they get past the Jazz in Utah.

The Trail Blazers have locked in over the past few weeks, claiming eight wins from ten starts and pushing towards their fifth straight ‘W’ here.

Alternatively, the Jazz have come off the boil, 6-4 over the same trip, the western conference leaders are battling without Dovovan Mitchell and Mike Conley.

Dame has finally found some support in the likes of McCollum and Nurkic and should get the job against a side who are looking to just stay healthy ahead of the playoffs.

Wednesday, May 12.

BOSTON CELTICS VS MIAMI HEAT
Heat (-1.5) $1.90

The Heat remain in Boston as they attempt to claim back-to-back victories over their conference rivals.

Following a slow start to the season, Miami has started to build some serious momentum heading into the 2021 NBA Playoffs and It comes as no surprise that Jimmy Butler is at the centre of their revival.

Butler has quietly gone about his business, averaging 22-7-7 for the season, while winning games off the back of his resolute defence!

Meanwhile, Boston have fallen off a cliff of late and have had any slim hopes of finals glory snatched away from them with the news that star wing Jaylen Brown is set to sit the rest of the season due to injury.

Jimmy lives for these gritty high pressure contests and I can see hime shutting down the likes off Tatum and co here.

LOS ANGELES LAKERS VS NEW YORK KNICKS
Knicks (+5.5)

The Lakers are bidding to claim their first back-to-back regular season victories in a run of 21 games since March when they welcome the Knicks to the STAPELS centre.

Meanwhile, New York come into this games off the back of their own win against the Clippers, keeping them firmly place as the fourth seed in the East.

The Lakers saw off the Suns last night thanks to a mammoth game from AD, who found little resistance in the paint, finishing with 42 points and 12 boards!

The going will likely be tougher vs the Knicks, who have the best defensive record in the league, slightly edging out the Lakers in the category.

The last time this pair squared off the Knicks ran out 15 victors and although I can’t see the Lakers folding again, I do like the visitors at the current spread.

Tuesday, May 11.

ATLANTA HAWKS VS WASHINGTON WIZARDS
Wizards (+7)

The Wizards travel to Atlanta looking to push towards the 7th vs 8th play-in bracket in the East.

Meanwhile the Hawks are looking nervously over their shoulder, with their position in the top six looking vulnerable.

Extraordinarily, the bookies are yet to catch onto the Wizards’ destructive form, Russ and Beale have carried Washington to 13 victories across their last 16 games, a majority of which they were considered underdogs.

The three losses the Wizards suffered across the trip were either by one point or in over time!

Saying that, Washington have been priced as 7-point outsiders here, a point spread which had me questioning my eye-sight!

GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS VS UTAH JAZZ
Jazz (-2.5)

The Dubs welcome the Jazz to the Bay Area as both sides look to consolidate their respective positions in the Western conferences seedings.

Following a short lull in form, Utah have found their feet again, going 7-3 across their last ten games, while currently enjoying a run of five straight victories.

Meanwhile, Golden State are 6-4 across the same trip, though the new-look outfit has enjoyed a favourable schedule.

As well as Curry is shooting the ball at the minute, he’s coming up against a well oiled defensive unit with multiple attacking assists of their own.

The bookies are riding the Steph Curry narrative at the moment, and as enjoyable as the Dubs have been to watch I just can’t see them getting anywhere near the Western Conference leaders here.

Monday, May 10.

LOS ANGELES LAKERS VS PHOENIX SUNS
Suns (-7.5) $1.94

The Lakers desperately need a win here to avoid the dreaded play-in series, as Portland and Dallas push past them in the Western standings.

The stakes are also high for the Suns who are chasing down the Jazz for top dog status, whilst avoiding a potential first round play-off series against a healthy LeBron and Davis.

The Lakers are 2-8 across their last ten and have found the going tough on the offensive end, with AD struggling to regain his pre-injury form while LeBron faces more time on the sidelines.

LA hasn’t rallied when slapped with the ‘underdog’ tag this season, especially at home where they have only managed to cover the line once in six games as the outsiders.

Phoenix are flying high at the moment after dropping 128 points on the best defensive team in the league (Knicks) and should make easy work of the Lakers here.

Sunday, May 9.

GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS VS OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER
Curry Over 35.5 1.87

OKC and the Dubs meet for the second time in three days Curry looks to continue his dominance over the tanking franchise.

Curry has dropped 42 and 34 across his last two meetings against the Thunder, with the latter coming on restricted minutes.

The superstar point guard is flying towards the 2021 scoring title, averaging 34.2 points across his last ten games, while hitting 35.5+ points in three of his last five.

The Chef is cooking at the moment and OKC is on the menu today.

Saturday, May 8.

PHOENIX SUNS VS NEW YORK KNICKS
Suns (-6) $1.90

Both the Suns and the Knick come into this match off the back of humbling defeats.

Phoenix didn’t come to the party against the Hawks two days ago and were blown off the court by 32 points, from a punting perspective the Suns have bounced back to cover the line an incredible 14 from 18 games following a loss.

Meanwhile the Knicks were thoroughly outplayed by the Nuggets, thanks to a Nicola Jokic clinic.

The Suns will be out to reclaim the top seed in the West here and should ease past an over performing Knick unit.

 

Portland Trail Blazers vs LOS ANGELES LAKERS
Portland to cover

The Lakers head to Portland for a contest which could have a huge impact on the Western conference seedings.

Both sides enter this clash on identical records, with the winner here to claim the all imports regular season series.

As it stand both LA and Portland are playing it out for the 6th and final ‘guaranteed’ spot in the play-offs, with 7th force to enter the new play-in series.

Portland have started to find their groove of late, winning four of their last five, including convincing victories over Boston and Brooklyn.

Meanwhile, LA are in a shambles, 3-7 across their last ten games, without LeBron and coming into this game 24 hours after a heavy defeat against the Clippers.

Dame has finally locked in and I can see him putting on a show against last years champs here.

Friday, May 7.

TORONTO RAPTORS VS WASHINGTON WIZARDS
Wizards (+3.5) $1.90

10th plays 11th in the East as the race for play-in spots begins to really heat up.

The Wizards are 7-3 across their last ten games, and come into this fixture off the back of a one point defeat to the high flying Bucks overnight.

Meanwhile, the Raptors have just managed to secure one victory across their previous five outings and likely wave good bye to their play-off aspirations should they fall to Washington.

The Wizards at 12-9 against the spread in the 2nd of back to back fixtures and although I like them in the H2H markets, I’m more than happy to take Russ and co with a 3.5 point start!

GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS VS OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER
Curry 35+ Points $1.75

The Dubs are out to bounce back from a tight defeat versus the Pels two days back with a solid performance against a tanking Thunder franchise.

OKC are a woeful -19 across their last ten games and are starring down the barrel of five straight defeats.

Meanwhile, the Warriors are 5-5 across the same trip and are riding the coat tails of Steph Curry, who have hit 35+ points in four of his last six appearances!

Curry went off with 42 points in 29 minutes the last time this pair faced-off, hitting 11 threes in part of a record breaking month!

The Thunder will has very little interest in making like too difficult for the All-Star guard, with another stat sheet fill-up looking very likely here!

Thursday, May 6.

DENVER NUGGETS VS NEW YORK KNICKS
Knicks (+4) $1.90

The Knicks look to claim their fourth straight win when they meet the Nuggets in Denver on Thursday morning (AEST).

New York continue to exceed expectations this season, going 9-1 across their last 10, the former league laughing stock look a certainty to clinch the fourth seed in the East!

Meanwhile, Denver are also travelling well despite losing Jamal Murray for the season, the Nugs are 8-2 across the same trip, though trudge into this fixture off the back of a surprise defeat to the Lakers.

Unsurprisingly, the Knick have been one of the most profitable sides to back against the spread this season, especially as the Away Underdogs, a position which they have covered the spread in 15 of 22 games.

NY are playing every game as though it’s their last, with that in mind I’m more than happy to take them at a +4 point start here.

ATLANTA HAWKS VS PHOENIX SUNS
Suns (-1.5) $1.90

The Suns can extend their lead in the West should they pick up their sixth straight win here at the expense of the Atalanta Hawks.

Phoenix come into this game with no rest, a position they have thrived in this season, covering the point spread in 10 of 15 back-to-backs, while also covering 9 of 13 with a rest disadvantage!

The Suns saw the Hawks off with relative ease earlier in the season, claiming a 7-point victory with their bench afforded plenty of minutes.

Despite the Hawks uptick in form in the second half of the season, a -1.5 point line seems borderline disrespectful from the competition leaders here.