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On Wednesday, there are a handful of games on the basketball television schedule that we have circled that should be good ones. Check out our NBA picks for Wednesday!
NBA Matchup: Los Angeles Clippers @ New York Knicks
Date: Wednesday, April 25th, 8:00 ET
Location: Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
NBA Betting Odds: New York -3.5
NBA TV Schedule: ESPN
The Knicks know that they need a combination of two wins or losses by the Philadelphia 76ers to lock up the No. 7 seed in the East, which would set up a date with the Miami Heat in the first round of the playoffs starting this weekend. They’re in though, and they played a heck of a lot better against the Atlanta Hawks than they did against the Cleveland Cavaliers a few nights back. Carmelo Anthony is playing like a league MVP right now, but Chris Paul and Blake Griffin are both coming off of monstrous games against Atlanta as well. We tend to think that the Clippers are going to get the job done in this one, as they need a win or a loss by the Memphis Grizzlies on Thursday to the Orlando Magic to ensure that they have home court advantage in their first round series against the Grizz.
NBA Pick: Los Angeles +3.5
NBA Matchup: San Antonio Spurs @ Phoenix Suns
Date: Wednesday, April 25th, 10:30 ET
Location: US Airways Center, Phoenix, AZ
NBA Betting Odds: Phoenix -1
NBA TV Schedule: ESPN
ESPN had to think that this was going to be a game that determined some really big stuff in the playoffs, but that just wasn’t meant to be the case. The Spurs already know that they are the top seed in the West, though they are still fighting for the top seed overall in the playoffs as well. Phoenix could have been playing for a playoff spot tonight had it beaten the Utah Jazz yesterday. Alas, there is very little on the line in this one, and the end result is going to see Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, and Tony Parker all resting on the bench. That being said, we still think that the Spurs are going to get the best of the Suns in this one, as the hosts just probably won’t have the fight in them to win this game, even though it is the last time that Steve Nash might suit up for the team after eight great seasons.
NBA Pick: San Antonio +1
NBA Matchup: Charlotte Bobcats @ Orlando Magic
Date: Wednesday, April 25th, 7:00 ET
Location: Amway Center, Orlando, FL
NBA Betting Odds: Orlando -14.5
NBA TV Schedule: Local TV
Bonus pick tonight for the Bobcats and Magic. Bottom line: There is no way that the Magic should be laying two touchdown to anyone right now. They really, really could lose this game, even after watching the Bobcats drop 21 in a row. Watch out for the guys in the Bobcats jerseys and bags over their head at the game. The one wearing the Stephen Jackson jersey is yours truly…
NBA Pick: Charlotte Bobcats ml (+800)