THIS week’s Sunday Picks are leaner than usual with just six games of NBA on. As the playoff race takes shape though there are some important contests worth watching.
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Chicago Bulls @ Boston Celtics
EVERY game matters from here on out for both the Celtics and Bulls. Boston will be trying to capture the highest seed possible and potentially secure home court advantage in the East with a good four to five weeks of basketball. Chicago on the other hand needs to win just to make the playoffs. The Bulls have more to lose here, but Boston will outclass them.
Verdict: Celtics W
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New York Knicks @ Brooklyn Nets
AS a forgetful 2016-17 season gets closer to conclusion for the Nets and Knicks, pride is still on the line at the Barclays Center on Sunday. Wins have been few and far between for Brooklyn this year. Only recently did they snap a 16 game losing streak and they haven’t played at home since the 15th of Feb. Their home court might not offer any respite though as they have lost 16 in a row here as well. They are in the theme of snappign streaks so here’s to hoping they can end another one against the Knicks.
Verdict: Nets W
Miami Heat @ Indiana Pacers
SCRAPPING for a playoff spot the Miami Heat look to continue their winning ways at Indiana. The Pacers are currently in 6th place in the East with Miami trailing by just 1.5 games. After this game the Heat will be closer to securing that coveted playoff spot.
Verdict: Heat W
Portland Trailblazers @ Phoenix Suns
THE only thing that can save Phoenix is Devin Booker. Fresh off another game winning shot, Booker will look to keep the Trailblazers at bay…..and fail.
Verdict: Trailblazers W
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Cleveland Cavaliers @ Houston Rockets
TWO teams with similar records are in very different positions at the moment. The defending champs have looked anything but convincing lately and try to recapture the vibe against a Rockets team who still have ambitions to climb higher in the West. My monies on Houston.
Verdict: Rockets W
Philadelphia 76ers @ Los Angeles Lakers
IRONICALLY the 76ers probably want to lose this game. The Lakers have the 2nd worst record int he league at the moment, and if they remain in the bottom three they keep their draft pick this year. Failure to do so will see the pick head to Philadelphia as the ghost of Sam Hinkie still dictates their future. Regardless of the result there aren’t many reasons to watch this game of basketball.
Verdict: Lakers W