Friday Night NBA Matchups with Playoff Implications

The NBA regular season enters the homestretch this weekend and Friday night has a number of games on tap that have big playoff implications.

Knicks vs. Raptors (-5)

The New York Knicks are a long shot to make the postseason trailing the Atlanta Hawks by 2 games with 4 games left on the schedule. However, Toronto is in third place in the conference standings tied with the Chicago Bulls. The Raptors own the tiebreaker with Chicago if the teams end the season with the same record.

The Raptors have won four straight, while the Knicks have dropped two in a row. The Raptors defeated the Knicks in the first two head-to-head games this season. Toronto defeated New York by double digits in both games. However, Carmelo Anthony did not play for the Knicks in either of the first two games versus the Raptors.

Pacers vs. Heat (-5.5)

The race for the Eastern Conference championship is back on with Indiana leading Miami by just a half game. The Pacers took over first with their win over Milwaukee and Miami’s loss on the road to Memphis.

Indiana defeated the Bucks even though the Pacers’ five starters were rested the entire game. Indiana has covered the spread in just 4 of its past 26 games.

The Heat lost on Wednesday for the third time in their past four games. Despite the bad results straight up, the Heat is 6-2-1 ATS over its past nine games overall. Included in that was a loss to Indiana 84-83. However, the Heat covered in that matchup as a 2-point road dog.

The team playing at home according to information taken from Bovada and topbet is 7-0 SU over the past 7 games between the two teams. The UNDER has cashed in 5 of those 7 games. Miami currently is 7-3 to the UNDER over its past 10 games played, while allowing only 2 of its past 10 opponents to score 100 points or more.

Hawks vs. Nets (-6)

Atlanta is close to clinching the eighth and last playoff spot in the East. The Hawks should reach the postseason despite the team ending the season well under .500.

On Wednesday, the Hawks used a late-game rally to defeat Boston by 8 points to cash as a 7-point favorite. In 8 of the past 11 games played by Atlanta, the UNDER has cashed in 8.

Since the beginning of February, Brooklyn has won 15 straight home games, while covering the number in 13 of the 15.

The Nets have won the two head-to-head meetings this season with the Hawks. Since January of 2013, the Nets are 4-1 SU versus Atlanta. In the past 10 games Brooklyn has played at home, the OVER has cashed in 7.

Suns vs. Spurs (no line available)

The Phoenix Suns are still battling for a playoff spot in the Western Conference. The Suns have won three straight overall and 7 of their past 9 on the road.

The Suns won on Wednesday by 6 points over the New Orleans Pelicans but betonline and show that the Suns did not cover as 9-point favorites.

Over their past 14 games overall, the Suns are 11-3 straight up and 9-5 against the number. San Antonio defeated Dallas Thursday night and look for their 15th straight win at home tonight.

San Antonio is 4-1 SU and ATS in their past five games with no rest.