New York Knicks - Washington Wizards
It's exciting times for the Washington Wizards as they get ready for their first play-off appearance in six years. The Wizards made sure of their place in the post-season with a 26-point thumping of Boston on Wednesday and tonight they go looking for a series sweep over the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden.
This sweep would be their first over New York in almost three decades and it's possible thanks to a couple of wins earlier in the season, including one at MSG.
But the Knicks are a much-improved team since the last meeting and played the perfect game at both ends of the floor in Wednesday's rout of the Brooklyn Nets.
Washington's dynamic back-court of John Wall and Bradley Beal are both game-winners in their own right and have both given the Knicks problems this year.
But the difference tonight could be the Knicks' own matchwinner in Carmelo Anthony. Every year he has been in the league, Anthony has been to the playoffs and with the Knicks just percentage points ahead of Atlanta for that last spot, he knows he has a battle on his hands to keep that streak going.
This isn't the Knicks of a month or so back and their victory over Brooklyn was one of their finest this season.
The Wizards look ready to settle for the sixth seed, so tonight go with the Knicks to win at 1.55. If you want something a little more enticing, take the Knicks to win with a -4.5 handicap at 1.98.
Portland Trailblazers - Phoenix Suns
The return of LaMarcus Aldridge to the Portland Trailblazers following injury has been the boost they desperately needed. They have won all four games since his return and their scoring is up by 15 points per game compared to the three defeats they suffered prior to that.
In the four victories the Blazers are averaging 105 points per game and they will get plenty of shot opportunities against a team like the Phoenix Suns. For 1.87, take Portland to have over 108.5 points by the end of the game.
Suns desperately need a win to keep their playoff bid alive, but this should still be Portland's night, so take the 1.52 for the Trailblazers to win.
Best Bet: New York Knicks to beat Washington Wizards at 1.55.