NBA Best Bets – 4/26/23

Lakers @ Grizzlies

Ja Morant followed up his 45 point performance with 19. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Lebron James and the Lakers will try to close out the Grizzlies tonight in Memphis to give themselves a rest before the second round. So, with a 3-1 lead, there is no doubt of who will emerge from this matchup so that the Lakers will take the winner of the Warriors V. Kings.

After taking the Warriors to Game Six in last year’s semifinals, there were hopes the Grizzlies would take a step forward in these playoffs, but they have fallen flat. Dillon Brooks and the lack of big men have been pitfalls for this team. This series has further illustrated that the Grizzlies are better without Ja Morant. If they lose tonight, it will be a Ja sweep — 0-4 with him on the court, 1-0 without him.

Lakers +4 (-110)
Over 221.5 (-110)

Betting on point props of starters can be a dicey game, but LeBron would love to embarrass Brooks in Memphis to claim this series. In addition to that, Ja Morant will ball out, as this could be his last game at home this season. His efforts will ultimately be futile, but he will give it his all.

Ja Morant Over 27.5 (+106)
Lebron Over 27.5 (+102)

Warriors @ Kings

Malik Monk has averaged 25 points at home in this series. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

The most exciting first-round series returns to Sacramento, as the Kings will try to regain a lead. News broke Monday that De’Aaron Fox has a fractured index finger on his shooting hand. Despite that, he will be playing in tonight’s game. Bettors would be wise to avoid his point prop, but this game will go one of two ways. It will either be his flu game, or he will be 2 of 15 from the field.

This series will go to whoever can win a game on the road, making it the Kings’ battle to lose. Hopefully, this is not a selfish move by Fox, as the Kings need to put their best foot forward to win this pivotal Game 5.

Sacramento +2 (-110)

Fox will no doubt have a chance to prove himself early, as the Warriors will want to see his shot. For that reason, he is a strong candidate for first bucket.

First Field Goal: De’Aaron Fox (+500)

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