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NBA Previews for August 13th

  • August 13, 2020
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Washington Wizards vs Boston Celtics

The Wizards (24-47) and the Celtics (48-23) don’t have absolutely anything to play for in this matchup, as Washington has already been eliminated from playoff contention while the Celtics have wrapped up the third seed in the Eastern Conference. Washington has been one of the biggest disappointments in the bubble and has lost its seven games, while the Celtics are 5-2 since play resumed and should arrive into the playoffs hitting top gear. That said, Boston will probably be shorthanded for this contest since Brad Stevens already announced he will rest several regulars for this regular-season finale. When you have games like this that don’t mean anything for one team it is usually your best opportunity to get an NBA moneyline win on the underdog. Since the Celtics have nothing to play for here I doubt we will be seeing any starters. Back the Wiz here!

Sacramento Kings vs Los Angeles Lakers

The Kings (30-41) are already eliminated from playoff contention following an abysmal showing in the Orlando bubble, and they have posted a 2-5 record since play resumed although they’re coming off a win against the New Orleans Pelicans the last time out. As for the Lakers, they already clinched the first seed in the Western Conference and have nothing to play for, but have not looked at their best in the bubble — they have stumbled to a 3-4 record despite coming off a 124-121 win over the Denver Nuggets the last time out. It remains to be seen whether the Lakers will rest some of their top players, as both LeBron James and Anthony Davis could use a night off to sharpen up ahead of the playoffs.

Dallas Mavericks vs Phoenix Suns

The Mavericks have already wrapped up the seventh seed in the Western Conference but their play in the Orlando bubble has been inconsistent — Dallas has proven to be a team that’s capable of defeating the Milwaukee Bucks but also losing against the Portland Trail Blazers in a matter of days. As for the Suns, this will be their biggest game of the season — they’ve gone 7-0 in the Orlando bubble and must win Thursday if they want to have a slim chance at securing the eighth seed in the Western Conference. The fact that the Suns are still alive with just one game left in the season should be a massive victory for a team that many believe to be left for dead before play resumed July 30. Keep your eye on the 2nd half lines for this particular game. Although the Mavs won’t be trying very hard here this could be a nice opportunity to snag an easy winner. The spread may be so big for the second half that you can get a real easy winner.

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