NBA Playoffs: Pelicans Face Rough Games to Secure 8th Seed, Wizards Race with Bucks and Heat in the East
New York Pelicans fight for 8th Seed
As the playoffs picture becomes more complete every day, the situation looks messy in both the Eastern and the Western Conference. In the West, the New Orleans Pelicans have the hardest job. They need to fight to hold on to that 8th seed spot against the Denver Nuggets, who just won on Tuesday against the Indiana Pacers.
One of the roughest games for New Orleans will be when they travel to Oakland to play against reigning champions Golden State Warriors on April 7. The Warriors, currently priced at +120 by William Hill to win the title again, will be a tough opponent. However, they have already clinched their playoff spot and might want to lay low to avoid injuries, so Anthony Davis and the rest of the team might be able to pull a win.
Things might be easier when they meet the San Antonio Spurs on April 11. Their recent loss to the Clippers means that it will be the first season since 1998-99 that the Spurs won’t advance to the playoffs with 50 wins. The Spurs, priced by William Hill at +5000 to win the Championship, are also disoriented by injuries and low morale and are still missing Leonard, so the Pelicans should bring this one home.
Heat, Bucks and Wizards almost tied on Playoff Seeds
Oklahoma City Thunder are one spot below the Spurs at no. 6, with 45 wins (as many as the Texas team) but 34 losses – one more than the Spurs. With the Timberwolves on their trail, they will have a rough time securing a win over the Houston Rockets on April 7. The Rockets, currently second at +175 to win the title according to William Hill, should score an easy win.
In the East, the Boston Celtics have found their rhythm again but winning against the Washington Wizards on April 10 won’t be easy. The Wizards are tied at 42-36 with Miami Heat and the Milwaukee Bucks and will be hungry to win and secure their spot. Still, the Celtics should be able to take this one. The Heat are battling the Toronto Raptors on April 11. The Raptors seem to be cooling down lately and the Heat really need the win, so they might just make it.