Tue, Mar 27, 9:58am by Staff Writer
The Raptors and Rockets may have already secured first place in their respective conferences but that doesn’t mean they’ll be putting their feet up until the postseason. Toronto will be looking to bounce back from there loss to the Clippers earlier this week when they host the Nuggets while Houston can put some distance between themselves and the second placed Warriors when they host the Bulls.
Denver Nuggets at Toronto Raptors
Wednesday 28th March 2018, 9.30am at Air Canada Centre Toronto
The Raptors were surprised at home on Monday (AEDT), when Lou Williams led the Clippers to an upset 117-106 win against the form side of the Eastern Conference. The Raptors record sits at 54-20 which secures them the top seed in the East ahead of the Celtics and last season’s finalists, the Cavs.
The Raptors have had a break-out season but that won’t be enough for the Toronto side as they’ll be looking to fine tune things after letting an 18-point lead slip through their fingers in their last start.
Toronto will be wary of giving away cheap wins and need an improved output from their backcourt duo of DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry.
While Toronto are sitting pretty at the top, the Nuggets are in a battle to secure the last playoff spot in the West, having stayed in the hunt with a tough 108-100 win over the Wizards.
We’re taking the Raptors to bounce back here by a margin of 1 to 10 points.
Best bet: Raptors for the win by 1-10 points at Sportsbet
Chicago Bulls at Houston Rockets
Wednesday 28th March 2018, 10am at Toyota Centre
Houston are in the enviable position of being able to rest players in the countdown to the postseason, having secured top spot. Players like Ryan Anderson, Chris Paul and Luc Mbah a Moute are all dealing with minor injuries at the moment, so they’re all expected to take a rest.
Houston rolled through the gears, notching up their 60th win for the season against the Hawks (118-99) in their last start, and coach Mike D’Antoni said “it’s hard and it’s a pretty special season to get 60.”
James Harden helped himself to yet another triple-double before sitting out the final quarter and you can expect the MVP favourite to be in fine form in front of the adoring Rockets faithful.
Chicago’s aim is to end the season with their respectability intact as they battle with the likes of the Suns and the Grizzlies for some premium draft picks.
The Rockets won’t be dropping their championship intensity for this clash and we think then this one could get ugly for the visitors. Take the hosts in a double-digit blow-out.
Best Bet: Houston to win by more than 10 points at Sportsbet
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