Friday 4/5 NBA Betting Odds and Underdog Picks

Renowned professional sports handicapper Ross Benjamin has identified 3 NBA underdog picks on Friday’s card that he deems to all possess ample betting value. Go inside to find out what those picks are and how he arrived at those decisions.

Atlanta Hawks @ Orlando Magic
Game# 535-536

Currently, the betting odds at Heritage is showing Orlando as a 9.0-point favorite in this NBA Southeast Division game.

Hawks Magic free pick This young Atlanta Hawks team has exhibited steady improvement as the 2018-2019 regular season has progressed. That’s especially been evident of late. Although Atlanta has gone just a mediocre 10-11 over their last 21 games, they were an extremely profitable 16-5 ATS while doing so.

Atlanta is coming off a 130-122 win over Philadelphia in their previous game, and they did so as a 4.0-point home underdog. Atlanta has gone a perfect 8-0 ATS this season following a home underdog straight up win. The Hawks are also an unscathed 8-0 ATS in their last 8 away games and won 4 of those contests straight up.

Orlando’s recent defensive play has left much to be desired. Specifically, throughout their previous 5 games, the Magic has allowed opponents to shoot a combined 48.6% and that includes 39.1% from 3-point territory. That’s concerning enough, let alone when facing an Atlanta team that’s averaged 121.0 points scored per game through its last 5 appearances. The Hawks have also made an eye catching 15 three-point shots per game during that time.
Pick: Atlanta Hawks +9.0

Detroit Pistons @ Oklahoma City Thunder
Game# 543-544

The present NBA odds at Bookmaker indicates that Detroit is an 8.5-point underdog.

OKC vs Detroit betting tipsOklahoma City is an uninspiring 5-9 straight up and 3-11 ATS in their last 14 games as a favorite. However, they’re coming off a 119-103 home win over the Lakers in their previous outing. Unfortunately, the Thunder is a dismal 1-7 straight up and against-the-spread in their last 8 games following a win.

Detroit lost their last 2 games, and both came against Central Division rival Indiana. The most recent of which was a 108-89 defeat as a 2.5-point home favorite. The Pistons are 3-0 ATS in their last 3 and 5-1 ATS during its previous 6 games following 2 straight losses.

Any NBA team (Pistons) that’s coming off a division home favorite straight up loss, versus an opponent (Thunder) coming off a home win in which they scored 110 points or more, resulted in those teams going 38-18 (67.9%) straight up during the past 5 seasons. Considering this NBA straight up angle favors the underdog in today’s game, it takes on significantly more betting value.
Pick: Detroit Pistons +8.5

Portland Trailblazers @ Denver Nuggets
Game# 555-556

5Dimes is displaying Portland as a 6.5-point underdog in their Friday night game at Denver.

Denver is coming off a 113-85 home blowout win over San Antonio in their previous game. Nonetheless, the Nuggets have gone 0-3 SU&ATS in their last 3 outings following a win, and they lost by a substantial average of 22.7 points per contest.

Denver NuggetsDenver is 2-0 against Portland this season. Then again, those pair of victories came by only a collective 4 points.

Portland enters today having won 11 of their previous 13 games. The Trailblazers crushed Memphis 116-89 in their last contest. Portland is 12-2 ATS this season following a win by 12 points or more. Additionally, throughout the past 2 seasons, they’re 10-1 ATS following a game in which it allowed 90 points or fewer. By the way, Portland has given up less than 100 points in 4 of their last 5 outings.

Denver has been terrific at home this season. On the other hand, Portland’s recent defensive prowess makes them a very attractive when considering Friday’s NBA underdog picks.
Pick: Portland Trailblazers +6.5

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