We are days away from the 2019 Super Bowl but you can cash in before the big game by betting on the following trio of NBA games.
Must Bet NBA Games Super Bowl Week
Milwaukee Bucks at Toronto Raptors
When: Thursday, Jan. 31 at 8:00 pm ET
Where: Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, ON, CA
Stream: TNT Overtime
Analysis: Few NBA games mean as much this week as Milwaukee at Toronto on Thursday, the final day of January. The Bucks are 35-12 while the Raptors are 36-15. Even if Toronto wins all their games this week and the Bucks lose before Thursday, Milwaukee will maintain at least a game lead over the Raptors.
The Bucks have been great against the spread this season. They’re an excellent 26-18-3 overall and a winning 10-9-2 ATS on the road. Heading into the week, Milwaukee has gone 3-2-1 ATS in their last 6, though.
Toronto is 3-1 ATS in their last 4 heading into the week. The Raptors are only 23-28 against the spread and a losing 12-13 ATS at home. Because Toronto beat Milwaukee 123-116 in the last game between these two, there’s a good chance they’re overplayed in this.
Take the points on the Bucks.
Pick: Milwaukee Bucks
Philadelphia 76ers at Golden State Warriors
When: Thursday, Jan. 31 at 10:30 pm ET
Where: Oracle Arena, Oakland, CA
Analysis: Although 76ers at Warriors doesn’t mean as much as Bucks at Raptors, basketball fans are giddy about Thursday’s second TNT televised matchup. The 76ers have stamped themselves as a real Eastern Conference contender.
However, Philadelphia doesn’t cover a lot of spreads. The 76ers are 23-27 ATS overall. They’re 9-15 against the spread in away games. The Warriors aren’t a great covering team, either.
Golden State is only 22-26-1 ATS overall. The Warriors are a bad 10-13-1 ATS at home. Golden State beat the 76ers by 8 on Nov. 18, but they won’t beat the 76ers by enough to cover the spread on Thursday because they’ll be horribly overplayed. Taking the points again.
Pick: Philadelphia 76ers
Oklahoma City Thunder at Boston Celtics
When: Sunday, Feb. 3 at 2:00 pm ET
Where: TD Garden, Boston, MA
Stream: Watch ESPN
Analysis: The Thunder have been on a tear, winning 4 in a row and going 3-1 ATS in the process. By Sunday, Oklahoma City will have battled Milwaukee, Orlando, and Miami. That could set the Thunder up for failure both SU and ATS.
Boston’s gone 5-1 straight up in their last 6. Their only loss was to the Golden State Warriors by 4 points as a 3.5 home dog. The Celtics are 16-9 ATS at home. They should win and cover on Super Bowl Sunday.
Pick: Boston Celtics