Biggest Upsets For Friday's NBA Action

Jake Walker

Friday, February 24, 2017 6:07 AM UTC

Friday, Feb. 24, 2017 6:07 AM UTC

Now that the NBA Trade Deadline has come and gone, we turn our attention to two games that provide significant betting value on Friday. Read on to get the insider's NBA picks on all the action.

Celtics vs. Raptors

This is a big game for the Celtics and the Raptors because both are fighting for the second seed in the Eastern Conference. Toronto is now four games behind Boston after losing 11 of their last 16 games. The Celtics are playing better basketball, winning 11 of their last 13 games but the Raptors lead the season series 2-1.

The home team is 5-1 in the last six meetings but the Celtics are 18-9 ATS in road games and they won their most recent contest against Raptors, 109-104 on February 1 and Toronto is just 7-13 ATS revenging a loss against an opponent and 2-5 ATS in their last seven games.

The All-Star break should help the Raptors, who started to lose their way after a strong start. Adding Serge Ibaka and P.J. Tucker is a step in the right direction and they have enough potential to make a deep playoff run but this will be their first game with Ibaka and Tucker and it will take them a while to gel with the rest of their teammates. The Celtics rely too much on Isaiah Thomas but they have more chemistry right now and at +3 NBA odds, they're the right play here.

Free NBA Pick: Celtics +3 (-110)Best Line Offered: at WagerWeb

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 Suns vs. Bulls

The Suns may have the worst record in the Western Conference at 18-39 but their offense ranks 10th in the NBA, averaging 106.9 points per game and they can keep up with the Bulls, who just traded Taj Gibson, Doug McDermott and a 2018 second-round pick to the Thunder for Cameron Payne, Joffrey Lauvergne and Anthony Morrow. I don't understand why the Bulls made this deal... Payne can still develop into more than a backup point guard but Chicago already has Michael Carter-Williams, Rajon Rando and Jerian Grant in that position and they will miss Gibson and McDermott's offense in this game.

The Suns already beat the Bulls this season, 115-97 on February 10 behind 27 points from Devin Booker and 23 points from Eric Bledsoe. Booker has become a reliable scorer for the Suns, averaging 21.1 points per game and Bledsoe has been productive as well, scoring 28.3 points over his last three games and leading the team with 21.6 points per game this season. 

I like the Suns +6.5 for my NBA picks. They proved that they can beat the Bulls and even though they might not win this game, they can keep it close enough to cover. The Bulls don't score a lot of points (102.1 points per game, 23rd in the league) while the Suns have scored 115.5 points per game over their last four contests, with Bledsoe and Booker playing at a high level. The Bulls on the other hand have scored just 97.4 points over their last four games and not having Gibson and McDermott hurts their offensive depth.

Free NBA Pick: Suns +6.5 (-110)Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle

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