The Playmaker's Picks: NBA Restart

Yesterday went on the down side for The Playmaker. Going 2-3 on the day after some great basketball on yesterday. The overall record is now 33-21 on the season.

Today's NBA Slate:

A full day of games on today. Seven games on tip for today. Three games to national televised, one on ABC and a doubleheader on NBATV.

  • Washington Wizards vs. Oklahoma City Thunder 12:30PM

  • Memphis Grizzlies vs. Toronto Raptors 2PM

  • San Antonio Spurs vs. New Orleans Pelicans 3PM ABC

  • Orlando Magic vs. Boston Celtics 5PM

  • Philadelphia 76ers vs. Portland Trail Blazers 6:30PM NBATV

  • Houston Rockets vs. Sacramento Kings 8PM

  • Brooklyn Nets vs. Los Angeles Clippers 9PM NBATV

The Playmaker's Picks:

Washington Wizards vs. Oklahoma City Thunder

Nothing much to really talk about here.

The Washington Wizards has ben officially eliminated from playoff contention and they are just there to finish the rest of their Restart games.

Oklahoma City Thunder, on the other hand, will like to bounce back after giving the Memphis Grizzlies their first win inside the Bubble. They should do so pretty easy today.

Playmaker's Pick: Oklahoma City Thunder

Memphis Grizzlies vs. Toronto Raptors

Up-and-coming team vs. Defending Champs. Inter-conference matchup.

The Memphis Grizzlies, coming off their first win inside the Bubble looks to continue on the winning track. However that is going to be a very difficult task as they want to hold on to the 8th seed in the West.

The Toronto Raptors, took one on the chin on Friday to Boston, losing by 22 points. The Raptors will look to bounce back in a major way today.

Playmaker's Pick: Toronto Raptors

San Antonio Spurs vs. New Orleans Pelicans

The first of three national televised games for today will on ABC. Western Conference matchup between two teams fighting for that 8th and 9th seeds behind Memphis and Portland

The San Antonio Spurs, continue to look good inside the Bubble. 3-2 in seeding games after defeating the Utah Jazz on Friday, the Spurs are just a half of game behind the Portland Trail Blazers for the 9th seed in the West and two games behind Memphis.

The New Orleans Pelicans, also fighting for their playoffs lives. 2-3 in the seeding games, got a much needed victory against the Washington Wizards. One game behind Portland for the 9th seed and two and half games behind Memphis for the 8th seed, today's game is a must win for Zion and the Pelicans on national tv.

Playmaker's Pick: San Antonio Spurs

Orlando Magic vs. Boston Celtics

The Eastern Conference Playoffs are locked up as far as the team participating, but seeding is still to be determine.

The Orlando Magic, a team is that is getting beat up at the wrong time, needs to thing about health or seeding at this point in time. The Magic are mostly likely a first round exit in the playoff, but will it be to the Milwaukee Bucks (Kings of the East) or the Toronto Raptors (Defending Champs)?

The Boston Celtics, coming off their best performance inside the Bubble on Friday night. Defeating the Raptors by 22 points. Most likely the Celtics will be the 3rd seed in the East Playoffs, might want to continue the rhythm they displayed on Friday against a depleted Magic on today. At the same time, Brad Stevens could choose to rest some of his players as they are most likely locked in their seeding.

Playmaker's Pick: Boston Celtics

Philadelphia 76ers vs. Portland Trail Blazers

The first of NBATV's doubleheader is an inter-conference matchup between two games trying elevate themselves. One team is trying elevate themselves to a better seeding while finding themselves at the same time. The other team is trying to elevate themselves into the playoffs.

The Philadelphia 76ers, coming a win over the Orlando Magic on Friday look to continue to improve. However, they received bad news as Ben Simmons needs surgery for a dislocated patella in the knee and most likely will be out for the season.

On the other side, the Portland Trail Blazers lost a close game to the Los Angeles Clippers yesterday. Still fighting for their playoff lives, don't expect any starters sitting out of this back-to -back as they want in the Western Playoffs.

Playmaker's Pick: Portland Trail Blazers

Houston Rockets vs. Sacramento Kings

The Houston Rockets in control of the 4th seed in the West looks to keep it and possibly grab the 3rd seed over Denver. Russell Westbrook didn't play against the Los Angeles Lakers, but the Rockets still on to win the game. Congratulations to James Harden being named a finalist for the MVP Award.

The Sacramento Kings even though not mathematically out of playoff contention in the West, they're not making the playoffs. 1-4 inside the Bubble, the Kings seem to have a promising future with De'Aaron Fox but for this season, Luke Walton can see who he the Kings front office want to keep or get rid of to build around Fox in the future.

Playmaker's Pick: Houston Rockets

Brooklyn Nets vs. Los Angeles Clippers

The second of NBATV's doubleheader and the final game of the day is third inter-conference matchup of the day. Both team are in the playoffs and battling for seeding.

The Brooklyn Nets are in the playoffs and just like the Orlando Magic, will be a first round exit to either Milwaukee or Toronto. Without their stars and key role players playing, the Nets will be ousted quickly.

The Los Angeles Clippers, coming off a win over the Portland Trail Blazers on yesterday was a good sign to keep them in the 2nd seed position in the West with their LA rival Lakers clinching the top seed. Doc Rivers could rest starters like Kawhi Leonard in the second of a back-to-back and possibly Paul George as well. The Clippers are one the deepest team in the NBA so it will be interesting to see how the Clippers handle tonight's game.

Playmaker's Pick: LA Clippers

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