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NBA Tips & Previews, Friday 25th March

The Friday NBA preview for BetDeluxe with all the best bets from the massive fixtures as we creep closer to the playoffs and get set for another big weekend of hoops.

Toronto and Cleveland open the curtain on Friday for the NBA BetDeluxe preview.

The best bets and selections have been found by our team as we head towards a big weekend of NBA which is set to shape the post-season. 

cleveland @ toronto

march 25th 10:30am

TheToronto Raptors (40-32) will host the Cleveland Cavaliers (41-31) in a crucial matchup for both teams.

With only 10 regular-season games remaining on the schedule, Cleveland is just one game ahead of Toronto for the sixth spot in the Eastern Conference. 

This mighty young Cleveland team has defied all odds this season and just keeps chipping away. 

Toronto will know it cannot take this Cavaliers outfit lightly given its failures against it this season. 

Cleveland has beaten Toronto and covered the spread in all three head-to-head meetings this season with the most recent result being a 104-96 win as a five-point home favourite on March 6.

Since that victory, Cleveland is 4-4 straight-up and 3-4-1 ATS, while the Raptors have gone 6-2 straight up. 

The trend says Cleveland covers the spread in this game and, all being equal, we should see the same outcome here in a tight match. 

Suggested Bet: Cleveland Cavaliers +3.5 at $1.90

indiana @ memphis

march 25th 11:00am

The high-flying Memphis Grizzlies (50-23) welcome the struggling Indiana Pacers (25-48) to FedEx Forum on Friday morning.

Memphis comes into this contest having proven it is genuine championship threat after blowing away Brooklyn 132-120 without Ja Morant. 

The Pacers, meanwhile, were left empty handed after being rolled by Sacramento on Thursday as its season went from bad to worse. 

Goodness knows how this Pacers team is going to deal with a road trip to Memphis. 

The only hope it has of covering the spread is if Grizzlies coach Taylor Jenkins opts to rest a few players, but even then, the Pacers are just no good. 

Desmond Bane and Dillon Brooks all stood up in the win against Brooklyn as did De’Anthony Melton. 

Even if Morant misses again, should Memphis decide to the put the foot down here, we could be set for a massacre. 

Let the Memphis train roll on!

Suggested Bet: Memphis Grizzlies -12.5 at $1.93

washington @ milwaukee

march 25th 11:00am

It’s a battle of Eastern Conference teams at opposite ends of the standings on the hardwood of Fiserv Forum when the Bucks take on the Wizards. 

All signs are pointing towards a big win for the Bucks after Washington was dropped 115-97 by the basement Rockets on the road in its previous contest.

Milwaukee, meanwhile coasted to a 126-98 home win over Chicago as it carves the path towards a championship defence.

The recent history between these two teams does not bode well for Washington. 

The Bucks have won nine of the last 10 meetings, which includes a 112-98 victory at home back on February 1. 

The Wizards have fallen apart and will not make playoffs, so there is very little to play for.

Even without Khris Middleton, the Bucks dominated the Bulls and they will likely do so in this game against the Wizards. 

Suggested Bet: Milwaukee Bucks -11.5 at $1.91

phoenix @ denver

march 25th 12:00pm

Phoenix hopes to continue its dominance on the Western Conference when it meets the Denver Nuggets on the road at Ball Arena.

Despite being without Chris Paul for an extended period of time, the Suns have found a way to keep up the hot form, while Denver’s reliance on Nikola Jokic has seen it move to 43-30 after a strong win against the Clippers. 

Jokic ticked off another 30-point match, but he will face stiff opposition in the form of DeAndre Ayton. 

The Suns centre came up big in the 125-116 win over Minnesota on Thursday as he drained 35 points and hauled in 14 rebounds. 

With both the Suns and Nuggets splitting the honours at one win a piece in their two games contested against each other this season, we should be in for a belter. 

The value lies with Phoenix here. 

A 29-6 winning record on the road has set the Suns up for a championship tilt and there is rumour Paul may even get up for this match. 

Suggested Bet: Phoenix Suns +3.5 at $1.87

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