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Without further ado, let’s dive into our favorite NBA spread bets for the night portion of Friday's postseason slate.
Chicago Bulls vs. Milwaukee Bucks (-2.5)
Losing Khris Middleton to a sprained MCL is going to hurt the Bucks, but Giannis Antetokounmpo has shown in the past he can carry teams on his back singlehandedly. Forecasting a monster outing for Giannis in Game 3, we’re rolling with the Bucks to win and cover the 2.5-point spread on the road.
If Giannis gets going early, it’s hard to envision Chicago stopping this freight train. The upcoming duel between the two-time MVP and DeMar DeRozan will be must-watch, but in the end, feel confident rolling with the defending champions here.
Pick: Bucks -2.5
Player Props: Giannis Antetokounmpo over 34.5 points, DeMar DeRozan over 29.5 points, True Holiday over 8.5 assists, Alex Caruso over 4.5 assists
New Orleans Pelicans vs. Phoenix Suns (-2.5)
Injuries are becoming an early storyline to this postseason slate. Middleton is out for the Bucks, and now the NBA’s best team lost its superstar player for potentially the rest of their series. Devin Booker is out probably the next two or three weeks due to a mild hamstring strain. Booker’s history with hamstring injuries is concerning, and it popping up now could be looming all postseason long for Phoenix.
The Pelicans are such a scrappy group, but this feels like the perfect time to wager on Phoenix. The Suns are a very well-balanced team on both ends of the court, and it should show up in a big-time manner on Friday night in New Orleans. Hammer with emphasis Suns -2.5 over the Pelicans.
Pick: Suns -2.5
Player Props: Brandon Ingram over 25.5 points, Jonas Valanciunas over 12.5 rebounds, Chris Paul over 11.5 assists, Cameron Johnson over 2.5 threes