Gary | Fri 20/01/2017 - 14:49 EST

Friday NBA betting lines comparison

Who to back in the NBA on Friday 

Portland Trail Blazers (+1.5) vs. Philadelphia 76ers (-1.5)

This is what we mean when we say there are a bunch of tough lines to sift through on Friday night. 

A big part of us doesn't want to ever trust the Philadelphia 76ers again. They have been so bad, for so long, that even their recent run of competency feels like it's fleeting.

But the Portland Trail Blazers have been terrible this year, and they're facing a Sixers squad that ranks sixth in the league in points allowed per 100 possessions over the last 30 games. Philly is working off an impressive Wednesday night win over the Toronto Raptors as well, proving yet again that it's a real threat to beat almost any team so long as Joel Embiid is playing.

And, well, Joel Embiid is playing.

The Pick: Philadelphia 76ers (+1.5) 

Toronto Raptors (+1.5) vs. Charlotte Hornets (-1.5)

raptors

Here we have another difficult line.

The Charlotte Hornets just ended a five-game losing streak by pounding on the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday night. Now they face a Toronto Raptors outfit that's coming off a Wednesday night loss to the Philadelphia 76ers.

Complicated still, the Raptors are liable to sit one or all of DeMarre Carroll, Lucas Noguiera and Patrick Patterson. DeMar DeRozan has yet to get rest as well, so head coach Dwane Casey might give him some time off as the Raptors continue their road trip.

But Kyle Lowry is expected to play, and that's what matters most. Even if he's operating with a bunch of reserves, he has shown he can keep the Raptors afloat, if not help them thrive.

Charlotte, make no mistake, is a good basketball team. But it's tough to trust their offense on a regular basis.

The Pick: Toronto Raptors (+1.5)

 

Orlando Magic (+4) vs. Milwaukee Bucks (-4)

Odds

Though the Orlando Magic have bordered on hot garbage this year, they profile as a difficult matchup for the Milwaukee Bucks.

Orlando's slew of clunky lineups clog the paint on both offense and defense. The latter is a stark problem for the Magic; the latter is an issue for the Bucks.

Milwaukee's offensive livelihood is predicated on Giannis Antetokounmpo blitzing the heart of opposing defenses and reaching the rim. When he collapses the opposition, he's able to kick-out to a small collection of average shooters—his teammates are shooting better than 40 percent on three-pointers off his passes, according to NBA.com.

But those principles become difficult to maintain if the Magic already have two and three bodies in the paint at all times. This, in theory, leaves someone open from beyond the arc, but their passess will be coming from deeper outside the paint, giving them less time to get off an uncontested look.

This is something to track as the game progresses. Still, a four-point spread in favor of a Bucks team that has approached brilliance at different points this season is too enticing to pass on.

The Pick: Milwaukee Bucks (-4)

 

Houston Rockets (+6) vs. Golden State Warriors (-6)

Warriors

The Houston Rockets may very well be the Golden State Warriors' biggest threat in the Western Conference. But that means more to the historical lore of the San Antonio Spurs than the Warriors.

Houston bested Golden State the first time these two outfits met. You can bet the Warriors will be seeking revenge—and they should get it.

As good as the Rockets are, their play style is too similar to the Warriors' approach to keep pace with them regularly. They might be able to go point for point on offense, but their defense will crack long before Golden State's starts showing signs of wear and tear.

The Pick: Golden State Warriors (-6)

 

Dallas Mavericks (+6) vs. Utah Jazz (-6)

jazz

While the Utah Jazz have not been an exceptional road team this year, the Dallas Mavericks remain one of the worst betting options in the NBA.

Dallas' defense has been surprisingly good, and the team has kept themselves within striking distance of opponents over the last few weeks or so. But the Mavericks are working off a Thursday night letdown against the Miami Heat, while the Jazz are little more well-rested.

Rodney Hood's absence is a killer for Utah, but that's the luxury of this squad's depth. Gordon Hayward, Joe Johnson, Joe Ingles, Alec Burks, George Hill and even Dante Exum give the Jazz more than enough perimeter firepower on both ends.

The Pick: Utah Jazz (-6)

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