NBA betting tips: 4 picks and predictions for Friday night
Jack Green's NBA predictions for Friday night's games include the Suns and Knicks to maintain their hot starts.
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Phoenix Suns (-7) vs Detroit Pistons
The Suns are top of the Western Conference thanks to a 6-2 start, and they now face the team at the bottom of the East.
The Pistons are 1-7, have lost their last three games, and six of their seven defeats so far have come by at least eight points.
Phoenix rank fourth in the NBA in net rating this season while Detroit rank 28th, so this should be a comfortable win for the visitors on Friday night.
New York Knicks (-2) vs Oklahoma City Thunder
The Knicks have made a great start to the season, with a 5-3 record and three consecutive wins coming into this game against the Thunder.
New York won all three of those games by at least four points, and their three defeats this season have all come against playoff teams from last year.
The Thunder are 3-4 this season and three of their four defeats have been by double figures, including two blowouts of at least 23 points.
Orlando Magic (+5.5) vs Houston Rockets
The Magic are second in the Eastern Conference with a 6-2 record and have won their last two games, both against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
All of Orlando’s wins have come by a margin of at least six points, and they look a great bet against the spread when they play the Rockets on Friday night.
Houston have struggled to gel after making major changes to the roster in the offseason. They are 2-4, and have lost their last two games against the Dallas Mavericks and Indiana Pacers.
Milwaukee Bucks (-6) vs Utah Jazz
After starting the season 2-3, the Bucks have won three consecutive games, all by double figures.
Milwaukee have the best net rating in the league this season and should easily win this home game against the Jazz.
Utah are 4-4 following back-to-back defeats of at least 12 points, and three of their four losses this season have been by double figures.
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