NBA Best Bets – 4/24/23

Bucks @ Heat

Giannis Antetokounmpo is poised to take over this series. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

The Bucks were without Giannis on Saturday, and the Heat absolutely embarrassed Milwaukee. In the regular season, the Bucks posted a record of 11-8 without the Greek Freak. So as shocking as it was, bettors should have seen it coming, as two of those eight losses came at the hands of the Heat. Miami creates matchup problems for the Bucks when they are missing their best player.

Giannis is listed as questionable today, but all signs indicate he will be playing tonight. Antetokounmpo should come out strong tonight and make a statement win. Tying this series would be perfect before heading back to Milwaukee. However, even if Giannis isn’t back to full strength and the Bucks take a loss, bettors should consider placing a future on the Bucks because they will still be more than capable of mounting a comeback on the series.

Bucks -7.5 (-110)
Bucks in 6 (+105)

Grizzlies @ Lakers

The Grizzlies one win came without Ja Morant. Mandatory Credit: Jaime Valdez-USA TODAY Sports

Nothing is worse than saying a non-elimination game is a must win, but if the Grizzlies don’t win tonight, they are dead. There is no way this Memphis squad is overcoming a 3-1 deficit against LeBron.

Ja Morant may be able to deliver the Grizzlies one more win in this series, and it may come tonight, but there is little life left in this team. This series has been a disappointment, as injuries have kept the Grizzlies from being the team we saw early in the season. This should have been a competitive series, but we are witnessing the Grizzlies limp to their death with Dillon Brooks at the helm.

The Lakers are motivated, and after everyone said LeBron was washed, he is playing with a vengeance. If he and AD stay healthy, they will make a run at the West.

The Grizzlies should make a better showing than they did Saturday, but expect the Lakers to pick up a big win so they can take a 3-1 lead back to Tennessee.

Lakers -5 (-110)
Over 222.5 (-110)

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