Now it gets a little exciting, doesn’t it? We are essentially at the close of the NBA regular season. and you can hardly say that everything is decided. The fact is, there are decidedly many things NOT decided, and Tuesday’s trio of games will go a long way toward determining some playoff positioning.
Vietbet customers can see that the Boston Celtics are in control of their own destiny as they take on the Toronto Raptors at the TD Garden. A victory here would sew up a playoff spot for the Celts with a game left, and if that happens, considering the injuries they have had (namely to Jared Sullinger) as well as the trade of Rajon Rondo, you’ve got to all of a sudden put young Brad Stevens, who did such a miraculous job at Butler, in the running for some coach of the year talk; that is, if you are really talking seriously.
The Raptors are duking it out with the Chicago Bulls for the #3 spot in the East. At 48-32, and with a game tomorrow night against Charlotte, they are a half-game behind the Bulls, who have to face off against the East-leading Atlanta Hawks in Wednesday’s season finale.
Tuesday night’s game, the Raptors are 1.5-point favorites on the road, with the total at 208.5 points as it has been established at Vietbet.
If you want to talk about a team that absolutely has to win, however, that’s the Indiana Pacers, who cannot get to the playoffs if they tie the Brooklyn Nets for the eighth position, because the Nets have the tiebreaker advantage. That means it is absently critical that they win on Tuesday against the Washington Wizards, who have been victors in five of their last six games. Indiana has been on a bit of a roll, winning five straight contests, and that coincides with the return to action of Paul George. They had been pointing toward exactly this moment as they figured that George would be just to the addition they needed to make some noise in the post-season. And so now is their chance. The Pacers are favored by 9.5 points in the NBA odds established at Vietbet, with a total of 192 points.
This is a motivated Washington team, because they lost to the Pacers in six games in last year’s East semi-finals, so they have players who are talking about payback. Bradley Beal has spoken about this having the atmosphere of a playoff game, and there is no indication at the moment that coach Randy Wittman is going to sit him down, or John Wall for that matter, to the game against the Pacers. On top of that, Indiana won in the final seconds the last time these two teams played – at the Verizon Center – on March 25. So don’t expect a cakewalk for Indiana here, despite their level of desperation.
Out west, the Los Angeles Clippers are 10-point favorites at Vietbet while visiting the Phoenix Suns, and the story remains the same in the Western Conference, in the sense that there are three teams all tied up for the #2 position, at 55-26, and they have to wait until the dust clears tomorrow to determine who is going to play who in the first round. Memphis is already down to sixth place in the conference. That’s how crazy it has become.
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CHARLES JAY, a contributor to BangTheBook.com, is one of the most experienced sports betting writers in America, as he has written more than 10,000 pieces specifically for the industry over the last seven years. At one time employed as an editorial consultant with USA Network, he is also a former syndicated radio talk show host (American Radio Networks) and has also done color commentary on boxing events in the past for Prime Network (now known as Fox SportsNet). He is a veteran of more than a decade and a half working within the professional sports industry, and has been handicapping sporting events for over 25 years. In addition to this, he has compiled specialty odds for a number of online sportsbook operations and media outlets.