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2014 NBA Betting – Picks For Games On Wednesday, April 16

Posted by Craig Parsons on 4/15/2014 9:26:41 PM

Game 1: Chicago Bulls @ Charlotte Bobcats - Wednesday, April 16

The Chicago Bulls are fighting with the Toronto Raptors for the third spot in the Eastern Conference playoffs. This spot has value, because the team that gets the third position will avoid the dangerous Brooklyn Nets in the first round of the playoffs. Chicago would play Washington if it earned the third position, while Toronto would play either Charlotte or Washington if it managed to get the third seed. You can plainly see that this is something worth playing for. Chicago might be in the playoffs, but it wants to be third instead of fourth.

The Bobcats also have something to play for. If they win this game and Washington loses its season finale on Wednesday night, Charlotte would move from seventh to sixth, meaning that it would avoid playing the Miami Heat in the first round. Both teams have an incentive to play well instead of just resting all their starters, so this is a more interesting game than a lot of fans might think. Since Chicago has done so well in the final few months of the season, powering past its limitations without Derrick Rose and the (traded-away) Luol Deng, one has to give the Bulls an edge over the Bobcats, even on the road. Chicago finds ways to win under head coach Tom Thibodeau, who is one of the best coaches in the Association.

NBA Betting Pick: Chicago

Game 2: Toronto Raptors @ New York Knicks - Wednesday, April 16

When Toronto takes the court, it might know what the Bulls-Bobcats score is in the second quarter of that game. Chicago-Charlotte begins just after 7 p.m. Eastern time on Wednesday, and this game begins just after 8 p.m. Toronto knows that no matter what Chicago does, it will get the third seed if it can beat the New York Knicks, who are playing their last home game in an awful and forgettable season. The Knicks could be a team that is inclined to tank in this game. Many people would understand such a response to a horrible situation. However, the Knicks did not tank on Sunday against the Chicago Bulls. New York won comfortably against a playoff-bound team, and there’s a very real feeling that the same scenario is going to become a reality in this game as well. The Knicks will make life difficult for the Raptors, meaning that Charlotte would have to beat Chicago to keep Toronto in third place in the East.

NBA Betting Pick: New York Knicks

Game 3: Dallas Mavericks @ Memphis Grizzlies - Wednesday, April 16

For Dallas and Memphis, the battle to make the playoffs is over, and both teams have succeeded. The Mavericks and Grizzlies both outlasted the Phoenix Suns to reach the Western Conference playoffs. For this reason, one could think that Wednesday’s game is meaningless, and that both teams will completely relax. That’s not accurate.

Dallas and Memphis are tied in the standings, meaning that this game is worth one spot in the West standings. The winner will be seventh in the conference, the loser eighth. This means the winner will play Oklahoma City in the first round, while the loser will play San Antonio. Both teams would much rather face Oklahoma City than San Antonio, so you should see a good battle here. Take Memphis, since the Grizzlies are at home and are coming off a very strong performance Monday night in Phoenix.

NBA Betting Pick: Memphis


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