April 8 NBA Odds: Cavaliers at Nets, Suns at Jazz, More

Written By Juan Carlos Blanco on April 8, 2022
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Friday night brings us a nine-game slate in the NBA. With most playoff seeding now locked in, there aren’t many teams with something to play for at this point. Luckily there are some exceptions to that rule, including a key Cavs versus Nets battle.

Friday April 8 NBA odds

Here are Friday April 8 NBA odds with point spreads, moneylines and totals.

What to watch for today

Cavaliers and Nets battle with No. 7 seed in play: One of the four games that has some stakes attached Friday is a Cavaliers-Nets clash at Barclays Center. Kyrie Irving faces his old squad with just a game separating them from his current team. Cleveland currently slots into the No. 7 seed, a spot Brooklyn would like to get to in order to potentially facilitate a win-and-in scenario in the play-in tournament. Conversely, Steve Nash’s team also is trying to avoid slipping into the No. 9 spot, a seed that the Hawks, which have an identical 42-38 record, currently slot into. With both squads having something play for but the Nets boasting a 2-1 season series lead, they’re 6.5-to-7-point home favorites.

Top seed in hand, Heat hosts interested Hawks: The Heat were able to clinch the top spot in the Eastern Conference on Thursday night without taking the floor, as losses by the Celtics and 76ers did the trick for Miami. Erik Spoelstra’s squad returns to the court Friday night and hosts an Atlanta Hawks team that still has a vested interest in stacking up some wins in an attempt to get to that No. 7 seed that Cleveland resides in. The Hawks won the season series from the Cavaliers by a 3-1 margin, so the head-to-head tiebreaker is theirs if they have identical records come the end of the season on Sunday night.

Raptors, still in play for No. 4 seed, host the Rockets: The Raptors are one of the hottest teams in either conference heading into the postseason, and Toronto’s surge has boosted Nick Nurse’s squad all the way to the precipice of the No. 4 seed. The Raps just beat the team they can still catch, the 76ers, on Thursday night, giving them a 3-1 season series win. Each team has two games remaining, and if they end up tied, it will be Toronto, who is a heavy favorite over the visiting Rockets on Friday night, that moves into the fourth spot.

Mavericks continue quest for No. 3 seed: Over in the Western Conference, the Mavericks are also in position to potentially improve their playoff lot by one seed. Dallas is a game behind the Warriors for the No. 3 seed with two games left to play for each, and with the Mavs the heaviest favorite of the night against the tanking Trail Blazers, it appears they’ll have a good chance to stay in play for that spot going into Saturday.

Jazz moves to lock in No. 5 seed with third straight win: The Jazz are slotted into the No. 5 seed going into Friday’s action, but they’re hanging on to that spot by a thread – the Nuggets are just a half-game back with two games left for Utah and one for Denver. A win for Quinn Snyder’s club over the visiting and potentially disinterested Suns on Friday night will relieve the stress, however, as Utah owns the head-to-head tiebreaker over Denver by virtue of their four-game sweep of Mike Malone’s crew. With hosts the more incentivized team by far, they’re 2.5-to-3-point home favorites.

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Juan Carlos Blanco has served as a freelance writer for a wide variety of online publications and websites, with an intensive focus on fantasy sports. Juan has provided analysis and comprehensive coverage of the MLB, NBA, NFL, CFL, AAF and AFL while also reporting on news and developments in the daily fantasy sports and online gaming industries.

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