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It's a loaded last day of the NBA regular season with every team in action with most teams having something different to play for. Let's look at a free NBA pick foreach of the games. 

Boston Celtics at New York Knicks 

The New York Knicks game on Saturday would have went under if it wasn’t for the overtime, but in this game there will be no issue keeping the game low scoring. Look for the Knicks defense to be strong, the Celtics to be happy to play the slow pace and for the under to cash with ease. Back the under.

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Play: Under

Indiana Pacers at Toronto Raptors

The Pacers defense was terrible on Saturday giving up 122 points and the Raptors even with a depleted lineup will find their success scoring in this game. Look for the lack of defense to be the difference and for the Raptors to cover this spread. Back the Raptors against the spread.

Play: Raptors ATS

Charlotte Hornets at Washington Wizards

The Hornets offense has not been as strong as of late and if it wasn’t for overtime they would have had only 104 points on Saturday. Two games ago against the Clippers, the Hornets only scored 98 points. The lack of scoring by the Hornets in this game is going to be their downfall. Back the Wizards against the spread. 

Play: Wizards ATS

Phoenix Suns at San Antonio Spurs 

The Suns beat the Spurs 140-103 on Saturday. They say doing the same thing two nights in a row is tough, but that won’t be the case in this game. Look for the Suns to run up the score again, the Spurs offense isn’t going to keep up and that will be the difference in this game. Back the Suns against the spread.

Play: Suns ATS

Memphis Grizzlies at Golden State Warriors 

The Grizzlies offense has been strong, and their defense hasn’t been slowing down many. In the last game the Warriors won 125-122 over the New Orleans Pelicans. In this game look for both teams to run up the score, and the over will cash with ease.

Play: Over

Houston Rockets at Atlanta Hawks

The Hawks defense looked good in the last game against the Magic and that will be the case again in this game as they have no issue winning this game. The ROckets offense has been inconsistent and this will be one that they struggle in. Don’t be shocked if the Hawks win this game by at least 25 points. 

Play: Hawks ATS

Cleveland Cavaliers at Brooklyn Nets

More people might be on the Cavs for this game because they beat the Celtics in the last game,but I think that’s even more reason to fade them. Before that game the Cavs were getting blown out on  a nightly basis and the Nets are going to run up the score in this one. Even if the Nets rest some guys, they will still have zero issues coming away with the victory. Back the Nets against the spread.

Play: Nets ATS

Orlando Magic at Philadelphia 76ers

The Philadelphia 76es very well could rest most of the starters for this game, and the Magic are going to take advantage. The Magic are going to have a strong offensive game and that will be the difference as they cover the spread.

Play: Magic ATS

Miami Heat at Detroit Pistons

This Pistons team has issues and it desn’t really matter what type of team the Miami Heat run out in this game, they are going to have no issues getting the job done. This isn’t the best game on the board, but the Heat will come away with the cover of spread.

Play: Heat ATS

Denver Nuggets at Portland Trail Blazers

Terry Stotts has made it clear that he won’t be taking the final game of the season which I believe. The Trail Blazers offense is going to be elite again in this game, and that will be the difference as they have no issue getting the job done in this game. Back the Trail Blazers against the spread. 

Play: Trail Blazers ATS

Utah Jazz at Sacramento Kings 

The Utah Jazz’s defense has been strong each of the last two games and that is going to continue in this game against the Kings. The Kings are coming off a 107-106 loss against the Grizzlies and their offense is going to struggle in this game. The Jazz will come away with a cover of the spread.

Play: Jazz ATS

:Los Angeles Clippers at Oklahoma City Thunder

This is a stay away game because both teams are actually better of losing the game. If you want a bet it’s a lean to the under because both teams want to lose, but this is one that really shouldn’t be bet.

Play: Under

Milwaukee Bucks at Chicago Bulls

The Bucks ran up the score again on Saturday night and I expect that will be the case again in this one. The Bulls offense hasn’t been as strong as of late and that will be the difference in this game. Back the Bucks against the spread.

Play: Bucks ATS

Dallas Mavericks at Minnesota TImberwolves

The Timberwolves looked like they quit on Saturday against the Boston Celtics, and expecting a better effort in this game would seem pretty foolish. Look for the Timberwolves defense to let them down again and for the Mavericks to close out their regular season in style. Back the Mavericks against the spread.

Play: Mavericks ATS

Los Angeles Lakers at New Orleans Pelicans.

It’s unclear who is going to play in this game for the Lakers which makes this game a little hard to predict. If LeBron plays, I like the Lakers, but if they sit him it’s a lean to the Pelicans, but more of a stay away. 

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