The NBA playoffs start later this month but you can make a quick buck this week with my NBA betting tips.
NBA Betting Tips April 1-7
Milwaukee Bucks at Philadelphia 76ers
When: Thursday, April 4 at 8:00 pm ET
Where: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA
Analysis: Although the Milwaukee Bucks lost 135-136 to the Atlanta Hawks in overtime on March 31, they had won 4 in a row. The real key for this week is how Giannis Antetounkempo’s feeling. If he’s healthy enough to play on Thursday, Milwaukee should cover the spread.
The Bucks are 22-15-2 against the spread in away games this season. Philadelphia did beat Milwaukee in the last game, though. The 76ers took it 130-125, but Philly is only 20-19 ATS at home. They figure to be over played in this one whether Giannis puts on the sneakers or not. Milwaukee and the points is the way to go.
Pick: Milwaukee Bucks
Portland Trail Blazers at Denver Nuggets
When: Friday, April 5 at 10:30 pm ET
Where: Pepsi Center, Denver, CO
Analysis: The Blazers have been so hot that they’re only 3 games behind the Denver Nuggets in the Northwest Division Standings. Portland has gone 8-2 on the moneyline in their last 10 to start the week.
Against the spread, the Trail Blazers are only 20-18 in away games. But, they’ve gone 4-2 ATS in their last 6 away games. Denver did beat Portland 116-113 in the last game and the Nuggets are terrific at home, but Portland looks like a solid play against the spread in this matchup.
Pick: Portland Trail Blazers
Phoenix Suns at Houston Rockets
When: Sunday, April 7 at 8:00 pm ET
Where: Toyota Center, Houston, TX
TV: NBA TV
Analysis: Before jumping all over the Houston Rockets to cover against the worst team in the NBA, we must take a deeper dive. The Rockets are 21-16-2 against the spread at home. They’ve gone 4-1 SU in their last 5 to start the week. They’re 3-1-1 ATS in those 5 games.
The Phoenix Suns are 18-21 ATS on the road. The Suns have gone 0-6 SU and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 to start the week. Phoenix is the worst team in the NBA. As of March 31, they have a 17-60 record.
We’re going to have to lay a ton of points, but it’s difficult not to in this matchup. There’s no telling how the Phoenix Suns will play on Sunday. Houston’s the much safer pick even if Suns’ center DeAndre Ayton’s averaging 16.3 points and 10.3 boards per game.
Pick: Houston Rockets