NBA Wednesday Parlay – April 9
The NBA regular season ends next Wednesday in advance of the start of this season’s quest for a world title. While most of the playoff spots in both conferences have been claimed, there is still plenty on the line for quite a few teams heading into this final week of games. [ad-4468020]
I have turned my full attention to this Wednesday’s matchups to release a couple of picks that come together perfectly to form this week’s ‘NBA Wednesday Parlay’.
The following is a brief look at both games based on lines by BetOnline.
Game 1: Philadelphia 76ers vs. Toronto Raptors
There have been more than a few teams that have circled a date with the 76ers as a way to get a much needed win this season, but the league’s top tanker has actually hurt their cause for this year’s college draft lottery with two straight-up victories in their last five games.
Even more confusing for bettors when it comes to this team is a 4-1 record against the spread during this stretch. Philadelphia is actually 8-3 ATS in its last 11 games.
Toronto has created some breathing room over Brooklyn in its quest to clinch the Atlantic Division title with a 6-1 SU mark in its last seven games. The Raptors are now 2.5 games ahead of the Nets going into this week with five games left to play.
When it comes to betting on Toronto down the stretch it has been a bit of a roller coaster ride with a 4-4 record ATS in its last eight games. Despite this inconsistency and the fact that Kyle Lowery is still listed as questionable, I am going with the Raptors laying the points in the front-end of this week’s parlay.
They are 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings and the favorite in this series has covered in the last six games.
Game 2: Phoenix Suns vs. New Orleans Pelicans
Despite the Suns’ late season push with eight SU victories in their last 10 games, they are still clinging to the eighth and final playoff spot in the West with just a game lead over Memphis.
Looking at their remaining schedule which includes games against San Antonio, Dallas and the Grizzlies, this Wednesday’s matchup almost becomes a must-win situation. Phoenix is 6-2 ATS its last eight games and it is 5-1 ATS in its last six games following a SU win.
The Pelicans come into this matchup with a five-game SU losing streak that gives you the feeling they are already getting a jump on their offseason plans.
New Orleans did cover as a 10-point road underdog in this past Sunday’s 100-94 loss to Portland after going just 0-3-2 ATS in its previous five outings.
The main reason I am going against the Pelicans to fill the back-end of this Wednesday’s parlay is a 0-3 record against Phoenix this season both SU and ATS. The average margin of victory in those three games was 8.3 points.
The Pelicans’ injury situation will also not help their cause with Eric Gordon still out with a sore left knee and Anthony Davis listed as questionable with back spasms.