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Updating the NBA Playoff Picture As of 4/14/15
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Updating the NBA Playoff Picture As of 4/14/15

Last night we got both games correct as the Pelicans and the Hawks, both won and advanced to play tomorrow night for the #8 seed to actually get in to the first round of the NBA playoffs. We will analyze and give our picks for both games tomorrow.

We cashed the Best Bet as Atlanta beat Charlotte 132-103, easily covering the 5-point spread. The loss eliminated the Hornets. That raised our Best Bet of the Day record to 72-33 since Jan. 1st.

We went 2-0 betting the MoneyLine and that raises our record to 434-217 for 2022.

As mentioned before there are no games for tonight but the final two Play-In games will take place on Friday 4/15. Let’s look at the playoff picture in both leagues.

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FRIDAY 4/15: 6:30 CST

Atlanta 43-39 at Cleveland 44-38: The winner moves on to play #1 Miami in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs. The loser starts their summer vacation.

FRIDAY 4/15 9:00 CST

New Orleans 36-46 at LA Clippers 42-40: The winner moves on to play #1 Phoenix in the first round of the Western conference playoffs. The loser heads to the golf course for the summer.



#8 Cleveland or Atlanta vs #1 Miami The Heat shouldn’t have any trouble with Cleveland if they are their first round opponent, but I could see Atlanta being competitive.

#2 Boston 51-31 vs. #7 Brooklyn 44-38. The Celtics are playing as well as anyone in the East and they can score against anyone. A first round matchup against the Nets will be very entertaining.

#3. Milwaukee 51-31 vs. #6 Chicago 46-36 The defending champion Bucks fell to the third seed and will take on a Chicago team that is reeling coming into the playoffs. However, Milwaukee hasn’t been very reliable either. But it will be a major upset if they go down in the first round.

#4. Philadelphia 51-31 vs. #5 Toronto 48-34 This should be a very interesting and hard fought series between these two teams. The 76ers are inconsistent and are great one night and so-so the next. Toronto went 14-6 down the stretch and are playing at a high level, They will be a dangerous out in this matchup.



#1 Phoenix 64-18 vs. New Orleans or LA Clippers: The Suns are the #1 seed in the Western conference playoffs. If the Clippers are the opponent, they could provide some issues. I don’t think the Pelicans will be much trouble.

#2 Memphis 56-26 vs. the #7 Minnesota: The Grizzlies, when focused and healthy can beat anyone. Minnesota is inconsistent defensively and it is hard to imagine Memphis having much trouble with them.

#3. Golden State 53-29 vs. Denver 48-34: Golden State comes into the playoffs as a very dangerous team. If Steph Curry is healthy, they might be the team to beat. They won their last five regular season games and secured the 3rd seed. On the other hand, The Nuggets are just not a team that can be taken seriously. They have talent, but lack the toughness that is needed. This could be a short series.

#4. Dallas 52-30 vs. #5 Utah 49-33: This has the potential for a very good first round matchup. The Mavericks narrowly missed out on the 3rd seed and they finished the regular season on a 15-5 run. They are very talented and could make a serious run at a title. Utah, when healthy, is a tough out but only went 10-10 down the stretch. Dallas is playing better and should have the edge.

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