We’re now over a week deep of NBA action in the bubble and boy has it been exciting. There’s another six game slate of games on this Thursday, plenty of which could have huge repercussions. We preview some of the key games below and provide our best picks. Good luck to everyone following!
NBA Picks Thursday, August 6th
New Orleans Pelicans at Sacramento Kings
The Pelicans entered the bubble with plenty of hype around them but have failed to deliver so far. They started off with a couple of tough losses but finally hit back with a win against the Grizzlies, which keeps them in the hunt for ninth.
The Kings have been very poor in the bubble to date and their fate seems sealed. They’ve lost all three of their matches and a couple have been blowouts. Buddy Hield is usually their barometer and he’s failed to perform to date.
This is an absolute must-win game for the Pelicans and we believe they’ll live up to the task. Zion looks to be off his minutes restriction to a degree, which will help tremendously. The spread is just 4.5 points and that seems more than doable here.
Indiana Pacers at Phoenix Suns
The Pacers have been undermanned in all three of their games in the bubble to date, but the play of TJ Warren has made up for it in a big way. The man dropped 53 the other day and backed it up with a 30 piece and is clearly the bubble MVP right now.
The Suns went into the bubble as 50-1 shots to make the playoffs and that looks like huge overs right now. They’ve won all three of their games and their most recent win against the Clippers was huge. They still have a lot of work to do, but they’re playing phenomenal basketball at the minute.
The Pacers have been solid to date but surely TJ Warren’s flame has to go out eventually. On the other hand, the Suns have had a great even spread of contributors and there’s no reason why they can’t cover the spread here, and possibly win the game to go 4-0.
Los Angeles Clippers at Dallas Mavericks
The Clippers haven’t quite found their feet in Orlando yet and 2-1 to date. They’re now just .5 of a game ahead of the Nuggets for the second seed, so they’ll need to hit their straps ASAP otherwise they could be facing the dangerous Rockets in the first round of the playoffs.
The Mavericks continue to pour on the points but their defense continues to struggle. Porzingis and Doncic always get their numbers, even in losses, but the lack of a third scoring threat on offense tends to hurt them. They come into this in the 7th seed and don’t look likely of moving.
The Mavericks are pretty much destined to finish 7th in the West so their lack of intensity isn’t hard to understand. On the other hand, we expect more of the Clippers and it wouldn’t surprise us at all if this was their coming out game inside the bubble.