The next-to-last weekend of the regular season wraps up Sunday, and in a big way at that. There are 12 game on the ledger overall beginning with a 1pm ET tipoff between the Celtics and Wizards, and there are several marquee matchups and postseason-relevant clashes sprinkled throughout the day.
Sunday April 3 NBA odds
Here are Sunday April 3 NBA odds with point spreads, moneylines and totals.
What to watch for today
Celtics look to keep building momentum against visiting Wizards: As just mentioned, the Celtics will start the day off at TD Garden looking to build on a likely harder-than-expected win over the Pacers on Friday night. Boston remains very much in play for the No. 1 seed given its manageable two-game deficit with respect to the Heat, but Ime Udoka’s club will need to avoid any further slipups and will need to hope for some help in the form of Miami losses. The Celts will look to do their part against a Wizards team that is now out of postseason contention but just walloped the Mavericks by 32 on Friday night.
Mavs and Bucks set for key interconference battle: Speaking of Dallas, their first chance to atone for the aforementioned lopsided loss isn’t exactly ideal – it comes against the defending champion Bucks at their place. Milwaukee has no shortage of motivation, considering the Bucks are closer to the Heat by a half-game. Meanwhile, the Mavericks, which had been playing well prior to Friday’s stumble, have clinched their playoff spot but still could slip out of their No. 4 seed by one or two spots over the final four games.
Denver looks to extend Lakers’ skid, worsen postseason chances: The Nuggets are one of the two teams directly behind the Mavericks that could conceivably rise up and take their No. 4 seed, as Denver is just two games back of Dallas coming into Sunday. Nikola Jokic and teammates have won six of their last 10, and Sunday afternoon, they have a chance to potentially sink the increasingly bleak playoff chances of the star-laded Lakers further. L.A. has already lost five straight, and although they could once again have both LeBron James (ankle) and Anthony Davis (foot) available, that didn’t do them any good in a loss the Pelicans on Friday.
Heat looks to keep protecting top seed in visit to Toronto: As already covered extensively, the Heat are the top dog in the Eastern Conference by 1.5 games and are naturally looking to stay there during the final week. Miami has notched back-to-back wins over the Celtics and Bulls coming into Sunday’s visit to the Raptors, which are currently slotted into the No. 5 seed and could potentially get all the way to No. 1 in a best-case scenario. Toronto has also won two of three from Miami in the season series and are actually two-point home favorites as of early Sunday.
Spurs, Pelicans on quest to inch closer to play-in berth: The latter portion of the ledger features the Spurs hosting the extremely short-handed Blazers and the Pelicans visiting the Clippers, which have already clinched their play-in spot. The same doesn’t apply to San Antonio or New Orleans, but both teams should be in good position as long as they continue winning in the final week. The Pels have particularly helped themselves with a three-game win streak that includes that victory over the Lakers, but the Spurs are still too close for comfort with respect to L.A., leading them by just one game for the No. 10 seed.