We have just five games on Saturday’s slate, but each features at least one team that can improve or worse its postseason position. We also have the rarity of two early Saturday matinees, and four of the five contests are head-to-head clashes between teams expected to play beyond the last day of the regular season.
Saturday April 2 NBA odds
Here are Saturday April 2 NBA odds with point spreads, moneylines and totals.
What to watch for today
Hornets and 76ers meet in matinee laden with postseason implications: The 12:30pm ET tipoff of the Hornets-76ers battle in Philly kicks off the day, and it features a Charlotte team that’s been a lot more consistent than its hosts. The Sixers have dropped three straight yet are still just 2.5 games out of the top seed in the Eastern Conference, while the Hornets have won eight of the last 10 and could still conceivably climb to the No. 7 spot from their current No. 9 perch. Despite the difference in the two teams’ play recent, the 76ers are anywhere from 5-to-6-point favorites as of early Saturday.
Cavs try to begin generating momentum ahead of postseason: The Cavaliers are a team that’s truly epitomizing the old adage of backing into the postseason, as they’re now just 7-12 in the post-All-Star-break portion of the season after dropping five of their last six. Cleveland is in the Big Apple for the second early game of the day Saturday, and given they’re facing a Knicks team that’s expected to be without Julius Randle (quadriceps) and that’s officially eliminated from postseason contention, they’re two-point road favorites.
Hawks try to improve play-in seeding at visiting Nets’ expense: Another team in the Eastern Conference play-in level with designs on improving its stock are the No. 10-seeded Hawks, which have yet to officially clinch their play-in spot but like the Hornets, could still get all the way up to the No. 7 seed. Much like Charlotte, Atlanta is trending in the right direction at the right time, having won five of its last six. The Nets, which have an identical 40-37 record but slot in at No. 8 at the moment, are in town Saturday night attempting to finish a three-game season sweep of Nate McMillan’s club.
Heat strives to protect top seed in Windy City visit: From the bottom of the Eastern Conference picture to the very top of it, we turn our attention to the No. 1- seeded Heat, which pay a visit to the Bulls at United Center on Saturday night. Miami holds a one-game lead over the defending champion Bucks and a 1.5-game advantage over the Celtics, so Erik Spoelstra’s club needs to keep winning in order to keep its current stop. Meanwhile, even No. 5-seeded Chicago isn’t necessarily out of the running to catch the Heat, as they’re four games back entering their head-to-head shot at them.
Warriors face Jazz on four-game skid: The Warriors won’t get Stephen Curry (foot) back before the postseason, so any momentum Golden State can build going into the playoffs will have to come without him. Steve Kerr’s club hasn’t exactly proven very proficient at winning without the perennial All-Star, going 1-6 during his current absence. The Dubs have a tall order in front of them in terms of improving that mark Saturday night, as the Jazz pay a visit looking to even the season series at 2-2.