New Jersey Nets v Philadelphia 76ers
There’s not much room for sentiment amid the cold calculating business of the NBA. But there will be emotions aplenty in Newark on Monday night as an era comes to a close.
After 35 years in New Jersey, the Nets will bid farewell to the Garden State and honour the franchise’s past before packing their bags for a glamorous new future in the heart of Brooklyn.
In truth, the team will hope to break with its past of inglorious failure. And this season has been no exception with the Nets falling short of the post-season for a fifth consecutive year.
The Philadelphia 76ers have no intentions of missing out, and they can clinch the Eastern Conference’s lone remaining play-off vacancy with a victory here (or a loss for Milwaukee in Toronto). With the Nets losing four in a row, and Deron Williams likely to sit out, don’t expect a glorious goodbye from the hosts. But at a generous +9, it’s worth a punt on New Jersey at 1.91, going over the points total of 188.
Memphis Grizzlies v Cleveland Cavaliers
The Memphis Grizzlies still have a slender chance to overtake the LA Clippers to get homecourt advantage in the first round of the play-offs. They’ll have three days break before ending the regular season on Thursday in Orlando so don’t expect rest and recuperation to be a factor when they host the hapless Cleveland Cavaliers.
However, the Grizzlies haven’t been able to dominate offensively against other lowly teams in their current four-game winning run. So have a look at Cleveland at +13 on the handicap at 1.91.
Bet of the Day: Take New Jersey at 1.91 against Philadelphia.