At one stage it looked inevitable that the Washington Wizards would end up as the NBA’s worst team this term. But they’ve massively improved, while the Charlotte Bobcats have gone into a nosedive that threatens to leave Michael Jordan’s reputation as owner and executive at an all-time low.
Unlike several other bottom feeders, Washington appear intent on finishing off the campaign on a high note, with John Wall’s belated debut sparking an 18-14 stretch that offers some hope for next season. They’re also getting solid production from Martell Webster of late and that’s a big reason why the Wizards have won three straight.
It’s become a perverse pleasure to watch the Bobcats flounder yet again, with just one victory – a shocker over Boston – from their last ten and a ticket straight to the lottery. There are no injuries to blame for their demise – they’re just simply a bad team. With the Wizards at -7.5 points on the handicap at 1.91, back them to heap more misery on Charlotte on Monday night.
Miami have equalled the second longest winning streak of all time in the NBA, but get one of their toughest challenges on the road to history with a visit to Boston. The Celtics haven’t lost at home since January and have come out on top on the Heat’s last five trips to the Garden. But with Kevin Garnett carrying an injury, take Miami to claim consecutive victory number 23 on the handicap.
The Memphis Grizzlies continue to be a dark horse out West but they’ve got one of the toughest final stretches to the regular season to come, including meetings with Oklahoma City, San Antonio, Houston, Utah and the LA Clippers. One of their more straightforward tests should come tonight when injury-hit Minnesota pay a visit. But the Timberwolves have rarely been pushovers despite their recent slump and they have enough offensive options to be worth a punt on the handicap of +13 points, available at 1.91.
Best bet: Take Washington on the handicap over Charlotte at 1.91