Four playoff contenders are preparing to tip off Thursday night, with both contests airing nationally on NBA on TNT. That can only mean it's time to fire up FanDuel and get some single-game parlay tickets lined up and ready to win.
The action gets started with the Philadelphia 76ers visiting the Milwaukee Bucks and then the Dallas Mavericks hosting the Los Angeles Lakers.
Neither of these games are as straightforward as they appear on paper, however. The Sixers are coming off a three-point loss at home to the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday, while the Lakers are still nursing a number of injuries to their star players. That just means it's time to rifle through the key ring and make sure all the locks are in order.
Here's how we're getting ready to cash in.
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Philadelphia 76ers vs. Milwaukee Bucks
Tipoff: 7 p.m. ET on TNT
Spread: Bucks -8 (-112)
Moneyline: Sixers +270 (bet $100 to win $270)
Over/Under: 225 (-110)
The trick with the early game is the status of back-to-back MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo. The Greek Freak exited Monday's overtime loss against Phoenix with a left toe cramp, and at this point in the season, there's no question Milwaukee won't be taking any chances with him. As enticing as his props are on Thursday, it's best to stay away.
Build Around This: Khris Middleton 3+ Made Threes (+178)
Middleton's deep ball has been a bit spotty of late, but his opportunities to sink his three-pointers remain at a high level. Over the last five contests, Middleton has attempted fewer than six three-pointers just once. His makes have hovered around 2-3 per game over that stretch, so if you feel more comfortable taking him at two-plus made threes (-182) go for it, but we're going to avoid the juice.
Squad Ride Single-Game Parlays
- Khris Middleton 3+ Made Threes, Khris Middleton 4+ Rebounds, Jrue Holiday 6+ Assists (+624, bet $100 to win $624)
- Khris Middleton 3+ Made Threes, Jrue Holiday 6+ Assists, Jrue Holiday Under 18.5 Points, Sixers +8 (+2075)
Los Angeles Lakers vs. Dallas Mavericks
Tipoff: 9:30 p.m. ET on TNT
Spread: Mavericks -3.5 (-110)
Moneyline: Lakers +138
Over/Under: 216 (-110)
Anthony Davis hasn't played since February 14. That streak is likely to reach an end Thursday. The all-world forward said he plans to retake the court against the Mavs after working through both calf and Achilles injuries over the last two months. Expect him to be on a tight minutes restriction and more of a fun sideshow as far as betting goes. He's far too unpredictable at this point to wager significantly on.
Build Around This: Mavericks -3.5 (-110)
Andre Drummond said it best on April 13: You can't expect the Lakers to have much chemistry while a number of players remain injured. His quote was more geared toward finding a rhythm on offense, but we're going to take it at face value here. While Los Angeles continues to tinker with its rotation and make sure its top players are healthy for another postseason run, it's just too hard to trust the defending champions. Especially if Davis is going to be playing sporadically and testing out his leg.
Squad Ride Single-Game Parlays
- Mavericks -3.5, Over 216, Mavericks Double Result (+357)
- Mavericks -3.5, Over 216, Kristaps Porzingis First Basket, Mavericks Double Result (+3478)
Let's Get Rich
While the TNT matchups provide the most fun on Thursday, there are too many great games across the league to just focus on the main course. We're going after the big lines and preparing to go yacht shopping once they hit.
- First Basket Joel Embiid (+500)
- First Basket Brandon Ingram (+550)
- First Basket Jayson Tatum (+600)
- First Basket Devonte' Graham (+750)
- First Basket Anthony Davis (+500)
Payout: $10 to win $139,220 (+1392200)
Get your night started off right with the best bet in basketball. FanDuel is offering boosted odds for 3x2s on both nationally televised games. It's as simple a bet as you can find on the night. If both teams combine to hit two three-pointers in the first three minutes of the first quarter, you win. Odds are listed at +110 with a max bet of $50 for Sixers-Bucks and Lakers-Mavs each. Happy trailing out there.
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