We head into the weekend with the best bets and selection for NBA Friday’s at BetDeluxe.
The 76ers hit the court against Detroit, while the Nets and Bucks go at it.
philadelphia @ detroit
april 1st 10:00am
Opposite ends of the Eastern Conference meet when third-place Philadelphia faces 14th-place Detroit at Little Caesars Arena.
Philadelphia will try to snap its two-game losing skid and stay in contention for the number one seed in the East.
Having had a fairly stable squad and a stable set of winning results, a two-game side is no cause for concern for the 76ers, especially coming up against Detroit.
The Pistons have definitely been better during March on the back of some brave Cade Cunningham performances, none more so than his 29-point effort in the close loss to Brooklyn.
He will be playing sore again, but we expect Joel Embiid to bully the home team into submission.
Suggested Bet: Philadelphia -10.5 at $1.90
cleveland @ atlanta
april 1st 10:30am
The scramble for playoffs spots in the East continues when Cleveland heads over to Hotlanta for a clash against the Hawks.
Cleveland is currently in seventh place in the East at 42-34 after taking a 120-112 home loss to the Dallas Mavericks, failing to cover as a 2.5-point underdog.
Atlanta, meanwhile, hammered Oklahoma City Thunder 136-118 as a 13.5-point road favourite and continues to hold down 10th place at 39-37.
After struggling for much of the early season, the Hawks look more like the team we saw reach the Eastern Conference Finals last year with better health playing a major factor in their recent success.
Cleveland has been a pleasant surprise but is running out of steam late in the year with all the key injuries, and this is tough situation on a back-to-back on the road for a shorthanded roster.
Hawks in a canter.
Suggested Bet: Atlanta Hawks -4.5 at $1.88
milwaukee @ brooklyn
april 1st 10:30am
Lights, camera and action as some of the biggest names in the NBA come together for this battle between Milwaukee and Brooklyn.
The Bucks seem to have a sense of timing in the lead up to the playoffs as they come off of a big road win over Philadelphia to put distance between themselves and the Sixers in the Eastern Conference standings.
For the first time this season, the Nets will feature the majority of the roster to be used in the playoffs now that Kyrie Irving is eligible to play home games as well.
The protocol developments mean the talents of Irving can now wow the audience of the Barclays Center and a true home advantage can be gained.
But Giannis is looking as dangerous as ever, and could be in even better form than last season.
The Greek Freak is averaging 31.5 points per game, just under 5 assists and a whopping 13 rebounds per game in his 10 starts since the all-star break.
What a game this is set to be.
It is unmissable.
As for a tip, Irving to let his grace with ball in hand do the talking for the first time in Brooklyn this season.
Nets at the line.
Suggested Bet: Brooklyn nets -1.5 at $1.91
la clippers @ chicago
april 1st 11:00am
The DeMar DeRozan-led Chicago Bulls welcome the Los Angeles Clippers to the United Center for an inter-conference clash on Friday.
With a play-in spot for the Clippers all but sewn up, the motivation to go all out on a road trip might not be there and it represents a chance for the Bulls keep up the winning momentum after battering Washington 107-94.
The teams play for the second time this season with the Bulls having won the last matchup 100-90 all the way back on November and it was the beginning of DeRozan’s offensive barrage this season.
DeRozan scored 35 points points in the victory and he is sure to be the main danger to the Clippers defence again.
The Bulls have the strongest record in the league against the spread when starting as favourites at home.
Predicting that trend to strengthen after this game.
Suggested Bet: Chicago Bulls -3.5 at $1.91