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Sean Highkin gives us two picks for Friday's NBA slate
ANALYSIS

NBA Picks & Predictions: Friday April 30

Milwaukee Bucks at Chicago Bulls

Giannis Antetokounmpo sprained his ankle on Thursday against the Rockets and didn't return to the game. On a back-to-back with the playoffs less than a month away, it's unlikely he'll play against the Bulls. Great opportunity for Chicago to pick up a win as they attempt to hang on in the play-in race.

The pick: Bulls ML @ +180 (Click here to bet) 

Utah Jazz at Phoenix Suns

A massively important game in the standings, as Utah only leads Phoenix by one game for the top seed in the Western Conference. Without Donovan Mitchell, the Jazz are underdogs, but they'll keep it close—closer than the five-point spread would suggest.

The pick: Jazz +5 @ -110 (Click here to bet)

NBA Expert Picks

Bulls ML @ +180 (Click here to bet)

Jazz +5 @ -110 (Click here to bet)

NBA Expert Picks & Playoff Picture

Teams are starting to clinch playoffs spots around the NBA and as the season winds down the drama heightens in every single game, leading to some really interesting NBA picks. Tonight, there are eight games on the slate, including an absolutely must-see showdown between the No. 1 and No. 2 teams in the Western Conference.

The East-leading Nets host the Trail Blazers with both teams looking for a win in order to boost their playoff seeding. Portland needs to try and get past the Lakers and Mavs if they’re going to get a home series. Meanwhile, the Nets are attempting to hold off the Sixers for the No. 1 seed.

The Celtics desperately need to string together some wins if they’re going to stay out of the play-in games and they take on the Spurs on Friday night. There are tons of great games across the schedule with no shortage of NBA playoff implications, so ake sure you check out our NBA picks.

Friday’s NBA Schedule

Home TeamAway TeamStart Time
Philadelphia 76ersAtlanta Hawks7:00 PM ET
Boston CelticsSan Antonio Spurs7:30 PM ET
Cleveland CavaliersWashington Wizards7:30 PM ET
Brooklyn NetsPortland Trail Blazers8:00 PM ET
Memphis GrizzliesOrlando Magic8:00 PM ET
Chicago BullsMilwaukee Bucks9:00 PM ET
Phoenix SunsUtah Jazz10:00 PM ET
Los Angeles LakersSacramento Kings10:30 PM ET
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