The underdogs came out cashing on Wednesday, going 7-2 against the spread. Thursday night has a smaller slate consisting of five games. The Suns will look to break a franchise record for longest win streak, seeking their 18th straight win in a row. Let’s dive into the best bets to make tonight and overall NBA betting tips for Thursday, Dec. 2.
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Bucks vs. Raptors
The Bucks are coming off a thrilling 127-125 win over the Hornets on a go-ahead layup by Giannis Antetokounmpo with two seconds left. Milwaukee travels overnight to Toronto to take on the Raptors inside Scotiabank Arena. The Raptors are coming off a disappointing home loss against a Grizzlies squad that is without their star player, Ja Morant.
Milwaukee will be in for a change of pace tonight as they go from facing a high tempo Hornets offense to a Raptors team that plays at the third slowest pace in the league. Khem Birch will be forced to sit out for a fifth straight game with a knee injury. O.G. Anunoby will not play on Thursday as he continues to work through a hip pointer. Gary Trent Jr. is questionable for tonight’s matchup, but he was able to practice on Wednesday, which points towards him playing against the Bucks. The Raptors are 9-13 on the season but 2-8 at home. Toronto is averaging 95 points over their last three games. The Bucks will look take advantage of a banged-up Raptors team and get back on-track on defense after letting up 21 3-pointers to Charlotte. Despite yesterday’s poor showing on defense, the Bucks are top 10 in the league for opponent 3-point percentage. Fortunately for Milwaukee, the Raptors only average 11.2 3-pointers made per game, 25th in the league.
Toronto will be without several key pieces to their rotation, so things will not come easy for them against a Bucks squad looking to extend their eight-game winning streak. The Raptors are undersized in this matchup, so expect Giannis and company to have a field day. While the Bucks have played in high-scoring games against slower-paced teams, Milwaukee has cashed the under in 14 of 22 games this season. Expect the Raptors to get crushed by the Bucks in what will be another disappointing showing for Toronto’s home crowd as they suffer through the injury bug.
Best Bet for Tonight’s Game: Total Under 215.5 Points
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Pistons vs. Suns
The Pistons will travel to Phoenix on Thursday night to try and spoil the Suns victory parade. Surprisingly, the Pistons have won seven of the last eight games in this series matchup. One key for tonight’s game is that Devin Booker will be out after injuring his hamstring in the first half of their game on Tuesday. Even though the Suns were able to pull off an impressive win against the Warriors, they only scored 48 points in the second half without Booker.
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They come into this matchup ranked second in defensive rating and sixth in offense rating. They are doing everything right on both ends of the floor and will hope to continue their same dominance without Booker for the next few games. The Suns defense should have an easy matchup tonight against the Pistons, as Detroit is only averaging 98.7 points per game on 40.5% shooting — lowest in the league. One bright spot for Detroit is rookie Cade Cunningham, who is coming off a 26-point performance on 77% shooting for the field. Cunningham will have a much tougher challenge going up against Chris Paul on Thursday. He will need support from teammates Jerami Grant and Saddiq Bey for any chance to stay in this one with the Suns. After a decent stretch for Bey, scoring double figures in six of seven games, he has failed to score more than 9 points in his last three games.
Detroit is on the last game of a five-game West Coast road trip and will be looking forward to three days of rest over the weekend before hosting the Thunder on Monday. On the other hand, this could be a look-ahead spot for Phoenix, as they are playing the first game of a back-to-back before heading to San Francisco for a rematch with Golden State. The Pistons have a 9-12 over/under record, and the Suns have a 9-12 over/under record. An elite Suns defense against a poor shooting Detroit offense is the perfect recipe for an under. Take the under total game points in tonight’s matchup.
Best Bet for Tonight’s Game: Total Under 209 Points
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