We’ve reached the final day of the NBA’s first full 82-game marathon since the 2018-19 campaign, and fortunately, the massive 15-game slate isn’t devoid of playoff implications. In fact, there are still several matters to settle with respect to final seeding in both conferences, and those relevant games are distributed fairly evenly throughout the course of the day.
Sunday April 10 NBA odds
Here are Sunday April 10 NBA odds with point spreads, moneylines and totals.
What to watch for today
Nets aim to clinch 7th seed against Pacers: The Nets host the Pacers at Barclays Center for a mid-afternoon clash, one that has importance for Brooklyn. Steve Nash’s squad is in a win-and-in scenario with respect to the No. 7 seed, but if they were to unexpectedly stumble, it would open up a number of interesting scenarios for the Cavaliers, Hawks and Hornets to move up within the play-in level to varying degree.
Cavs and Bucks meet with seeding implications for both: Speaking of the Cavs, they’re hosting the defending champions Bucks on Sunday in a game that has stakes for both clubs. Cleveland’s are admittedly a bit more improbable, as they would need a win, a Nets loss and Hawks and Hornets victories to allow the Cavs to claim the No. 7 seed. Meanwhile, the Bucks claim the East’s No. 2 seed if they can simply beat the Cavaliers, which they’ve notably done just once in three tries this season.
Celtics hope to still have shot at No. 2 seed: The team that Milwaukee would potentially cede the second seed to with a loss is the Celtics. If the Bucks were to stumble against Cleveland, Boston would garner the spot based on the fifth tiebreaker if they were able to beat a Grizzlies squad that technically has nothing to play for. However, even under those circumstances Saturday evening, Memphis blasted the Pelicans by a 141-114 score with the returning Ja Morant contributing 21 points and nine assists. If the Bucks do prevail in their aforementioned matinee battle against the Cavs, then the Celts will still be trying to notch a victory to ensure the 76ers can oust them out of the No. 3 spot.
Mavericks, Warriors scoreboard watch with No. 3 seed still in play: A pair of teams that are still battling for the Western Conference’s No. 3 seed, the Warriors and Mavericks, will be tipping off at the exact same time Sunday evening. Golden State holds a one-game lead over Dallas for that spot, but the Mavs own the head-to-head tiebreaker. Therefore, the Dubs, which do have four consecutive victories, will need to win against the Pelicans to ensure that a Mavericks win against the Spurs doesn’t bump them down to the No. 4 seed. Given the stakes, both contenders will likely play their healthy first-unit players, meaning Klay Thompson is likely to make his return after a rest day Saturday night against San Antonio.
Nuggets final opponent for Lakers in miserable season: Another team that does have a slim chance of ascending one spot in the standings Sunday is the Nuggets, which have an identical 48-33 record to the team right in front of them in the No. 5 seed, the Jazz. However, Utah swept Denver in the four-game regular-season series between the clubs, so Mike Malone’s squad would have to hope for a very improbable Trail Blazers upset of Utah on Sunday night to have any chance at a move. For their part, the Nuggets have the distinction of serving as the final opponent for a Lakers season that is sure to live in infamy for a long time, one whose final game LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook will watch from the bench.