NBA betting tips: 4 picks and predictions for Friday night
Jack Green makes his NBA predictions for Friday night's games, with four picks against the spread.
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Golden State Warriors (+2.5) vs Toronto Raptors
Toronto is on a four-game losing streak and has now lost 13 of its last 14 games.
In their last game, the Raptors lost to an Oklahoma City Thunder team missing its three best players, so it’s worth taking the points when the Warriors travel to Tampa on Friday night, particularly as Kyle Lowry is missing with a foot injury.
Golden State hasn’t been on a great run, but the Warriors have won four of their last 10 games, with all four of those wins coming by a margin of at least 12 points.
Boston Celtics (-9.5) vs Houston Rockets
The Celtics have had a disappointing season so far, slipping to eighth in the Eastern Conference, but they should earn a win over the Rockets on Friday night.
Despite their struggles, the Celtics are 13-9 at home this season while the Rockets are 7-17 on the road.
Houston is 13-34 overall, 4-17 against Eastern Conference teams and has won just two of its last 26 games dating back to early February.
Memphis Grizzlies (-7) vs Minnesota Timberwolves
The Grizzlies are just outside of the Western Conference playoff spots with a 22-23 record, and they have a great chance to get to .500 on Friday night.
The Timberwolves have improved slightly since replacing Ryan Saunders with Chris Finch as head coach in February, but they’ve lost five of their last seven games, with four of those defeats coming by a margin of at least nine points.
Minnesota ranks 29th in net rating this season and has a 5-19 record on the road – the second-worst in the entire NBA.
Utah Jazz (-13.5) vs Chicago Bulls
Utah has the NBA’s best record and is poised for a big win over the Bulls.
Chicago has lost nine of 12 games since the All-Star break – including each of its last five – and is currently without star player Zach LaVine, who is dealing with an ankle injury.
The Jazz are on a seven-game winning streak with four of those wins coming by a margin of at least 16 points, and another blowout looks very likely here.
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