Who’s going to win the Eastern Conference crown this season?
Will the loaded Brooklyn Nets live up to their status as prohibitive favorites to win the Eastern Conference crown or could they get beat out for first place by division rival Philadelphia? Can the now, semi-desperate Boston Celtics continue their climb up the Eastern Conference standings or will an equally desperate Golden State Warriors improve their playoff hopes out west?
With the 2020-21 NBA regular season rolling into Week 17, it’s time to find out which games have the look of must-see matchups this coming week so you can make your bets against their NBA odds.
2021 NBA Week 17 Games to Must Bet On
Denver at Golden State at 10:00 PM ET
- When: Monday, April 12
- TV: ESPN
The Nuggets (34-19) are sitting in fourth place in the Western Conference and looking to continue its climb upward after winning eight of its last 10 games. Golden State (25-28) is in 10th place out west, two games behind Memphis for the eighth and final spot in the playoffs. Denver beat Golden State 114-104 at home on Jan. 14, but the Warriors are 5-1 ATS in the last six meetings and 3-0-1 ATS in their last four home dates against the Nuggets.
Boston at Portland at 10:00 PM ERT
- When: Tuesday, April 13
- TV: TNT
Boston (28-26) has won three straight and seven of 10 while Portland enters the new week fresh off a loss the last time out, but has gone 6-3 over its last 10 games. The C’s have won two straight in this series including a 128-124 home win on Aug. 2. Boston has won five of the last seven meetings overall while covering the spread in each win.
Brooklyn at Philadelphia at 7:00 PM ET
- When: Wednesday, April 14
- TV: ESPN
Brooklyn (36-17) is sitting in second place in the Eastern Conference standings while Philadelphia (36-17) is in first place. The Nets have won seven of 10, but got completely embarrassed in their 126-101 blowout loss at home against the undermanned Lakers on Saturday. Philly has won two of three including a convincing 117-93 road win over Oklahoma City on Saturday. The 76ers has won eight of the last 10 against Brooklyn including a 124-108 home win on Feb. 6.
Boston at LA Lakers at 10:00 PM ET
- When: Thursday, April 15
- TV: TNT
Boston (28-26) is in seventh place in the East standings while the Lakers (33-20) are in fifth place in the Western Conference. Boston has won seven of 10 while LA has split their last 10 games evenly. The C’s are 6-4 ATS over their last 10 while the Lakers have gone a polar opposite 4-6 ATS over the same span. The Celtics will try to avenge their crushing 96-95 home loss against the Lakers on Jan. 30.
NY Knicks at Dallas at 9:30 PM ET
- When: Friday, April 16
- TV: ESPN
New York (27-27) is in eighth place in the Eastern Conference standings while Dallas (29-23) is in seventh place out west. The Knicks have won two straight and three of five including a 102-96 win over Toronto on Sunday. Dallas has dropped two of three including a 119-117 home loss against San Antonio on Sunday. The Mavericks recorded a solid 99-86 road win over New York on April 2. The Knicks are 5-5 over their last 10 games while Dallas has gone 6-4 over the same span.
Utah at LA Lakers at 4:30 PM ET
- When: Saturday, April 17
- TV: ESPN
Utah (40-13) is in first place in the Western Conference and is the only team in the league with 40 victories coming into the new week. The Lakers (33-20) are in fifth place in the Western Conference but come into this matchup fresh off a confidence-boosting road blowout over Brooklyn on Saturday. The Jazz cruised to an emphatic 114-89 home win over the Lakers on Feb. 24.
Brooklyn at Miami at 3:30 PM ET
- When: Sunday, April 18
Brooklyn (36-17) is sitting in second place in the Eastern Conference standings while Miami (28-25) is in fifth place in the conference standings. The Heat have won two straight and six of 10 while Brooklyn has won seven of its last 10. Miami will be looking for payback for its humbling 98-85 road loss against Brooklyn on Jan. 25.
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