NBA Pro Basketball TV Games Sports Betting Match Up Previews for Friday

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With the NCAA Tournament nearing its conclusion the NBA on ESPN on Friday returns on April 3rd with two outstanding matchups to satisfy the interests of pro basketball bettors worldwide. The NBA playoffs are just two weeks away so teams are looking to make a push for a favorable seed and home court advantage in as many rounds as possible.

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The doubleheader kicks off at 8PM Eastern Time on ESPN TV as the Memphis Grizzlies will play host to the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Oklahoma City Thunder sits in the eighth seed in the Western conference with just seven games remaining. They hold just a 1 ½ game lead over the ninth seeded New Orleans Pelicans. The Thunder has not been able to get separation from the Pelicans. They suffered a bad 134-131 home defeat to the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday and coupled with a Pelicans win against the Lakers and their lead shrank to a game and a half. OKC will be without Kevin Durant for the rest of the season as he underwent foot surgery. Key rotational player Serge Ibaka has a knee problem that has forced him to miss the past eleven games. Outside shooter Nick Collison has an ankle problem that forced him to miss five games. There lies the problem with the Thunder. Key personnel injuries have hampered this franchisee in the 2014-15 season. Russell Westbrook has had to carry this team and he has averaged 33 points per game in his past three contests. The Memphis Grizzlies are in a flat footed tie with the Houston Rockets for the second seed in the West. That is important because the second seed is guaranteed home court advantage in the first and second round of the playoffs.

The late night games gets going at 10:30PM Eastern Time as the LA Lakers will be home to the Portland Trailblazers. In the playoff race it looks like the Trailblazers will win the Northwest division and will be locked into the fourth seed. Division winners get home court advantage in the first round of the playoffs. If the Lakers finish in the bottom five in the league they will be able to keep their first round draft pick for the upcoming draft. If LA finishes sixth or better their first round draft pick goes to Philadelphia. With eight games remaining LA is the fourth worst team in the NBA and is six games behind the sixth worst club in the league in Sacramento. The Lakers first round draft pick appears safe at this time.

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