While there will be plenty of eyes on MLB’s Opening Day and the Masters on Thursday, the NBA is still going about the business of finalizing its playoff picture. The number of teams with something to play for is dwindling by the day, yet there’s still plenty of incentive for multiple clubs Thursday night.
Thursday April 7 NBA odds
Here are Thursday April 7 NBA odds with point spreads, moneylines and totals.
Warriors G Jordan Poole
Jordan Poole continues to cook with Steph Curry out and his numbers have increased over his last five outings with averages of 28.4 PPG and 6.2 RPG on a 33.2% usage rate. Tonight the Warriors host a listless Lakers team that was just eliminated from playoff contention and is coughing up 122.6 PPG over their last 10 games. The Lakers are playing at a fast pace over their last four games and giving up the sixth-most RPG on the season. Poole should top 24.5 points even if this game winds up being a blowout, and you can combine his points and rebounds at 28.5 without losing much juice on the odds.
Timberwolves C Karl-Anthony Towns
Karl-Anthony Towns might not drop another 60-piece on the Spurs tonight, but he should top his prop of 26.5 points. You can get KAT to score 26 points (+122) or to hit two 3-pointers (+128) in a win at FanDuel Sportsbook and those are great odds considering the Wolves are 8.5-point favorites at home with the Spurs missing Dejounte Murray (illness). KAT seems to be past his foreram injury as he’s averaging 28.7 PPG on a 30% usage rate over his last three games. He’s a matchup nightmare for slow-footed center Jakob Poeltl and has a double double in five straight against the Spurs with 18 triples in that span. The Spurs give up the most 3-pointers and fifth-most PPG to centers this season.
What to watch for today
Hornets look to take another step closer to No. 9 seed: The Hornets are one of those teams whose final postseason slotting is still in flux to an extent. Charlotte does have a play-in spot locked in, but they could conceivably jump to as high as No. 8 if they win out and the Nets lose their final two games. James Borrego’s club seemingly has a virtual layup on its hands Thursday night as well if it comes to play, as the visiting Magic are 10-30 on the road and have lost two of three to the Hornets this season.
76ers and Raptors meet with playoff position still not finalized: Count the 76ers and Raptors as two other squads that can still make moves ahead of the end of the regular season. In fact, the one team Toronto can catch is No. 4-seeded Philly, but that can only remain the case if Nick Nurse’s squad can record its third win in four tries against the Sixers on Thursday night. Meanwhile, the 76ers are still in play to improve on their position as well, giving the final meeting of the regular season between the teams some intrigue if both coaches roll out their usual lineups.
Celtics and Bucks tangle with hope of No. 1 seed still alive: The Celtics are still fighting the good fight for a shot at the Eastern Conference’s top seed, as they’re two games behind the Heat going into Thursday night’s action with two games to play. Boston has the head-to-head advantage over Miami by virtue of having prevailed in the season series by a 2-1 margin, and although Ime Udoka’s odds are still long, they can keep hope alive by conquering the admittedly tough challenge of upending the defending champs on their home floor.
Timberwolves still trying to escape play-in level as Spurs visit: Meanwhile, over in the Western Conference, the Timberwolves have their own postseason aspirations. In Minnesota’s case, the goal is to try to get out of its current No. 7 spot and into the No. 6 slot occupied by the Denver Nuggets. The T-Wolves trail the Nuggets by two games with a pair of contests apiece left for each team, but they own the head-to-head tiebreaker with Denver courtesy of their 3-1 season series advantage. As such, Minnesota should be pushing hard for a victory when the No. 10-seeded Spurs come to town Thursday.
Nuggets try to protect No. 6 seed with Grizzlies in town: Naturally, the Nuggets are looking to protect that No. 6 seed and avoid having to slip to a No. 7 position that would force them to partake in a play-in situation. Denver has been inconsistent of late with a 5-5 mark in its last 10, and although the No. 2-seeded Grizzlies pay a visit Thursday, Nikola Jokic and company are three-point home favorites with Memphis already having its playoff position locked in.