NBA Best Bets Today (Predictions for Seth Curry, Bucks-Bulls and Sixers-Raptors in Playoff Action)

Brooklyn Nets guard Seth Curry.
Brooklyn Nets guard Seth Curry. / Mike Stobe/GettyImages

Buckle up, NBA fans, because we’ve got a loaded slate of playoff games on Wednesday, April 20. 

We’re looking for a bounce back in the NBA Best Bets column, as a couple of tough beats led to a 1-2 night on Tuesday. Despite that, we’re still 14-6 since the play-in tournament began.

The Boston Celtics-Brooklyn Nets series is must-watch TV, and I have a pick in that game, as well as the Philadelphia 76ers-Toronto Raptors Game 3 and Game 2 between the Milwaukee Bucks and Chicago Bulls

Let’s get into today’s picks!

All odds via WynnBET:

NBA Best Bets Record to Date

  • NBA Best Bets Record: 199-176-5 (+6.0258 units)

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NBA Best Bets Today

  • Milwaukee Bucks First Half -6 vs. Chicago Bulls (-110)
  • Philadelphia 76ers Moneyline vs. Toronto Raptors (-130)
  • Seth Curry OVER 11.5 Points (-110)

Milwaukee Bucks vs. Chicago Bulls: Bucks First Half -6 (-110)

Going back to old reliable in this one, as the Bucks were able to cover 5.5 points in the first half in Game 1. 

Milwaukee is one of the best first half teams in the league, outscoring opponents by an average of 5.8 points per game in the first half, and the Bucks are 47-36 ATS in the first half this season. 

I am confident that Milwaukee plays better in Game 2, as the Bucks shot just over 40 percent in Game 1, but defensively they were solid, holding the Bulls to just 32.3 percent from the field for the game. 

I like this number a little more than the double-digit spread for the game, as the Bulls showed they can make a run in the second half. 

Philadelphia 76ers vs. Toronto Raptors: Sixers Moneyline (-130)

The Raptors backs are against the wall in Game 3, and while history tells us that the Raptors may be able to cover in this game, I’m not falling for it. 

Toronto has been outclassed on both ends of the floor through the first two games of this series, and I don’t see things changing with Scottie Barnes and Gary Trent Jr. still banged up. 

I’m forgetting the points in this matchup, as I think Philly comes away with the victory, especially since Tyrese Maxey is averaging 30.5 points per game in the playoffs. 

This is a bit of an emo bet, since I have a future on Toronto to win the series, but I just don’t see how the Raptors keep up after falling behind by 20 in each of the first two games of this series. 

Seth Curry OVER 11.5 Points (-110)

Seth Curry is still not 100 percent from his ankle injury, and he’s taken just 11 shots over his last two games, scoring 0 and nine points in those contests. 

Despite that, I think Curry’s number is a bit too low in this game, as the Celtics are going to try and limit anything Kyrie Irving can do after he dropped 39 in Game 1. 

Prior to the play-in, Curry had cleared this number in five of his previous six games. He also is averaging 14.9 points per game since being traded to Brooklyn. I’ll buy low on Seth to get some more volume after he hit 3-of-7 shots in Game 1.

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