TNT shifts its normal Thursday night NBA doubleheader to Tuesday this week with the close of the regular season upon us. The Bulls and Celtics tip at 8 (ET) from Chicago.
The NBA regular season is almost over, but there’s still plenty of excitement left.
The Bulls are trying to hold onto the East’s final playoff spot when they host the Celtics tonight. Out west, the Nuggets and Suns will battle for positioning. Here are today’s free picks.
Boston Celtics at Chicago Bulls
United Center – 8:00 p.m. (ET) TNT
Chicago (39-41, 40-38-2 ATS) has won four of its last six games. The Bulls desperately needed a win against ninth-place Toronto on Sunday, and they came through with a 104-88 victory. Sports betting fans haven’t been rewarded, though. Chicago has won just once in its last four games against the spread, and the Bulls are just 5-5 in their last 10 games on NBA odds.
The United Center won’t provide much of a home-court advantage. Chicago is 4-6 against the spread in its last 10 home games.
Boston (50-30, 33-46-1 ATS) is just 5-5 straight up in its last 10 games. The Celtics crushed Milwaukee 105-90 on the road last weekend, but they don’t look like much of a contender right now. They’ve also been terrible at the sportsbook — Boston is 4-6 in its last 10 games on NBA odds. At least hitting the road isn’t such a bad thing; the Celtics are 6-4 against the spread in their last 10 games away from home, including back-to-back wins.
The Bulls are desperate; the Celtics look complacent. Playoff-hungry Chicago will take care of business.
Denver Nuggets at Phoenix Suns (-6)
US Airways Center – 10:30 p.m. (ET) TNT
Phoenix (52-28, 46-32-2 ATS) has followed up a 10-game winning streak with a 2-2 run. The Suns are coming off a 116-106 home victory against the Houston Rockets. They’ve also been a worthy pick on NBA betting lines lately — the Suns have covered six of their past 10 games against the spread.
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Even better, Phoenix is enjoying a dominant run at home; the team is 6-0-1 in its last seven outings at US Airways Center.
Denver (53-28, 34-41-6 ATS) is playing its final game of the season. The Nuggets have won five of six, including a 123-101 blowout over Memphis on Monday evening. Success has been harder to come by at the sportsbook; Denver is just 3-6-1 in its last 10 games on NBA odds, including 3-3 ATS during the recent hot streak.
Hitting the road could also be a problem. Denver has just one win in its last seven games against the spread when away from home (1-5-1 ATS). Phoenix has looked sharp at home and the Suns should turn up the heat a bit to build some momentum for the postseason.