NBA Previews: April 12th, 2014

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Philadelphia 76ers at Charlotte Bobcats
Tip: 7pm ET, Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte NC

Charlotte handed back the sixth seed with it’s late loss in Boston and returns home seeking revenge. Philadelphia needs to keep losing to try and somehow get closer to the Bucks and avoid being “overtaken” in the draft.

Milwaukee Bucks at Washington Wizards
Tip: 7pm ET, Verizon Center, Washington DC

Milwaukee has the worst record in the league and wasn’t the team that lost 26 consecutive games. Impressive. Washington can begin to cement themselves as the sixth seed with a win at home tonight. Bank on this one.

Miami Heat at Atlanta Hawks
Tip: 7:30pm ET, Phillips Arena, Atlanta GA

The Heat can essentially start resting players now as they appeared to break Indiana’s spirit last night in recapturing the top spot in convincing fashion. Similarly, the Hawks can finally stick a dagger into the Knicks with a win, which would wrap up eighth and a first round playoff meeting between this pair.

Boston Celtics at Cleveland Cavaliers
Tip: 7:30pm ET, Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland OH

If this game happens and nobody watches, will it really happen at all? Boston’s win and Orlando’s loss keeps the two locked together in the draft lottery race. Cleveland is just floating aimlessly like debris in the tide.

New Orleans Pelicans at Houston Rockets
Tip: 8pm ET, Toyota Center, Houston TX

Houston’s loss allowed Portland to crawl within a half-game of the fourth seed, so a win against the broken, beaten and battered Pelicans will be absolutely crucial.

Phoenix Suns at Dallas Mavericks
Tip: 8:30pm ET, American Airlines Center, Dallas TX

This is the unquestionable game of the night. Dallas currently holds the seventh seed in the West while Phoenix’s heartbreaking loss in San Antonio coupled with Memphis laying the smackdown on Philadelphia sent them back to the ninth seed. A win for Phoenix would really tighten things up, while a Dallas victory likely secures their spot while all but ending the Suns’ chances.

Utah Jazz at Denver Nuggets
Tip: 9pm ET, Pepsi Center, Denver CO

Denver had a massive performance from Timofey Mozgov (23 points, 29 rebounds) in Golden State in ripping off a win. Brian Shaw will want his young team to continue that positive momentum right into the summer, draft lottery odds be damned.

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