NBA tips: Back the 76ers and Raptors in Friday's 4-fold
Two of the Eastern Conference's top teams head our final accumulator of the regular season.
Philadelphia 76ers to beat Cleveland Cavaliers –
This could well be a preview to a second-round playoff match-up, with the 76ers and Cavaliers currently sitting third and fourth in the Eastern Conference.
Philadelphia are the form team heading into the postseason, boasting a 12-game winning streak thanks to a 115-108 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday.
They beat Cleveland 108-97 on the road when these teams last met on 1 March, and a similar result is likely on Friday night.
Toronto Raptors to beat Indiana Pacers –
The East-leading Raptors have hit a slight blip with five defeats in their last 10 games, but they won their most recent match against the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night.
Toronto have won 32 of 39 home games this season – the second-best record in the entire NBA – and should add to that tally when they host the Pacers.
Indiana have an away record of 20-19 this season, and have lost each of their last two meetings with the Raptors.
Memphis Grizzlies to beat Sacramento Kings
In a Western Conference dead rubber, the Grizzlies’ home advantage should prove crucial.
Memphis have won 15 of 39 on their own court this season, while Sacramento have lost 27 of 39 on the road.
The Kings have also won just 12 games against teams from the West, while the Grizzlies have won 18.
Minnesota Timberwolves to beat Los Angeles Lakers
The Timberwolves can lock up the eighth seed in the Western Conference by winning their last three games, and that shouldn’t prove a problem against the Lakers.
Los Angeles have lost eight of their last 11 games and are only playing for pride now with the playoffs out of reach.
Minnesota have won all three of their match-ups with the Lakers this year, and should earn the sweep on Friday night.