Magic (+13) at Pistons: The "tragic" have called it a season, which means T-Mac will take at least 35 shots. Detroit fighting for homecourt edge in East so expect another big defensive effort. Detroit can name the score. A TNT yawner. DETROIT.
Blazers (+10) at Lakers: The LA Express is on a nonstop ride to the best record in the West. Portland is fighting for its playoff life. With Lakers coming off huge matchup against Spurs, look for Blazers to benefit. PORTLAND.
Last week: 1-1
Playoffs begin Wednesday
Islanders at Tampa Bay: Playoff experience with eighth-seeded Isles against East’s top team. But Lightning are newcomers to the postseason and could be ripe for jitters. A Game 1 upset looks nice. NEW YORK.
Sharks at Blues: St. Louis barely kept alive their streak of 25 consecutive years of making the postseason. We predict a short stay, starting early. SAN JOSE
Last week: 2-0
Regular Season: 22-24.