NBA Best Bets – 1/17/23

Raptors @ Bucks

Portland is looking to return to .500 with a win tonight.. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

After an overtime thriller at the Garden yesterday, the Toronto Raptors head to Milwaukee to take on the Bucks.

Milwaukee played without Giannis Antetokounmpo yesterday, and he could be missing today. Without him, the Bucks struggled against the Pacers, and things could be ugly today if Giannis does not return to the lineup.

The Indiana team the Bucks faced yesterday has a plethora of injury issues themselves, so going up against a healthy Toronto squad presents a few problems. The Raptors have been on a roll, winning four of their last five, both straight up and at the spread, and they look to maintain this heater tonight.

Toronto +5 (-107)

Both these teams are playing on back-to-back days, and while that typically lends to an under, the total is so low here bettors would be wise to grab the over.

Over 223.5 (-107)

76ers @ Clippers

Kawhi Leonard has hit his point prop in three of his last four games. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

There are two teams in the NBA that you cannot even consider betting without checking the injury report, and both of those teams face off in this one.

The 76ers enter play with a clean injury report, but the Clips will be without Paul George, John Wall, and Luke Kennard. However, seeing that Kawhi should play, LA is a short favorite today.

The Clippers were on a horrendous losing streak, but they have won two of their last three, most recently defeating Houston by 21 on Sunday.

This game marks the midpoint of Philly’s five-game road trip, and they have been chilling in Los Angeles since Sunday, and that always presents concerns for bettors.

This is a coin flip of a game, and that’s why the line sits at (1.5), but if Kawhi is playing tonight, they should be able to take care of business at home.

LA -1.5 (-110) & Kawhi Over 25.5 Points (-105)

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