NBA Previews: April 13th, 2014

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Oklahoma City Thunder at Indiana Pacers
Tip: 1pm ET, Bankers Life Field House, Indianapolis IN

Indiana, despite being utterly outclassed by Miami on Friday, finds themselves back in control of their own destiny for the East’s top spot. Just the small matter of the Oklahoma City Thunder to deal with in this afternoon matinee. The Thunder can clinch second with a win.

Toronto Raptors at Detroit Pistons
Tip: 3:30pm ET, Palace of Auburn Hills, Detroit MI

Toronto needs to keep winning in order to try and overhaul the Bulls for third, although with Miami losing and thus being in that two-vs-three bracket, perhaps the Pacers in round two is preferable? Detroit rumbles in having lost 7 of it’s last 10 games.

Orlando Magic at Brooklyn Nets
Tip: 6pm ET, Barclays Center, Brooklyn NY

Orlando is mailing the rest of the regular season in, especially now that they have two first-round draft picks guaranteed. The Nets can still catch the Raptors for the Atlantic Division crown, but need to win every remaining game.

Chicago Bulls at New York Knicks
Tip: 7:30pm ET, Madison Square Garden, New York City NY

The Bulls captured the third spot in the East with their comeback win against Detroit while the Knicks’ playoff hopes were finally laid to rest when the Hawks won against Miami on Friday night. Do the Bulls try and drop down to the fourth seed to force a meeting with the lacklustre Pacers in the second round or take their chances with the Heat?

Golden State Warriors at Portland Trail Blazers
Tip: 9pm ET, Rose Garden, Portland OR

Golden State clinched a playoff spot by beating the Lakers last time out but can still be caught by those behind them. Portland can overhaul the Rockets for the fourth seed with a win and the Rockets not playing tonight. Potentially huge game.

Minnesota Timberwolves at Sacramento Kings
Tip: 9pm ET, Sleep Train Arena, Sacramento CA

One of the few games right now that features two teams with nothing to play for. Maybe Corey Brewer will go off for 51 points again. Then again, probably not.

Memphis Grizzlies at Los Angeles Lakers
Tip: 9:30pm ET, Staples Center, Los Angeles CA

Memphis can make their playoff participation all but certain with a win against the Lakers, as they’d need to lose both of their games after this with Phoenix winning out to make it in. That game against Dallas on Wednesday could yet be a playoff play-in. As for the Lakers, how surprising would it be to see them grab the top pick with a little lottery luck?

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