Top NBA Betting Picks for Friday, April 23

We’ve got an action-packed seven-game slate on tap for this evening. ESPN will broadcast the two most interesting matchups: the BOS/BKN at 7:30 p.m. ET and DEN/GSW at 10 p.m. ET. All four squads will have to play without key personnel as they jostle for playoff positioning.

Here are the top NBA betting plays for Friday, April 23, provided by BettingPros experts Raju Byfield, Isaiah Sirois, and Dan Titus (Main game odds courtesy BettingPros Consensus; lock and prop odds sites may vary):

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Betting Lock of the Day

Sirois: Clippers -9.5 (-110 at FD Sportsbook)
This is more a bet against the Rockets than on the Clippers. Houston has gone a miserable 6-23 ATS at home, the worst such record in the NBA. They also won’t have Kevin Porter Jr., and he’ll head to the sidelines alongside David Nwaba and Eric Gordon. Meanwhile, the Clippers should get Paul George back, and he’ll anchor their offensive attack with Kawhi Leonard out. The other upshot of this play is that Houston has to play again tomorrow, so they may opt for conservation mode should Los Angeles get out to a hot start. Look for the Clipper to win by double-digits tonight.  

Top Game Prop of the Day

Sirois: Rockets Under 106.5 (-108 at FD Sportsbook)
The Rockets have consistently underperformed at home. The full-game over has gone 9-19-1 in their home games this season, a pathetically low rate. Although Houston averages slightly more points per game (107.6) than this line, the Clippers rank 12th in defensive efficiency and play at the NBA’s fourth-slowest pace. Houston scored fewer than 91 points in their two most recent games, too. Although Houston scored 109 points when they last played the Clippers on Apr. 9, Kevin Porter Jr. recorded 14 points and 13 assists, and Los Angeles didn’t have Paul George in that matchup. The Rockets should stay under this total in this spot.

Top Player Prop of the Day 

Sirois: Kevin Love Over 14.5 Points (-114 at FD Sportsbook)
Love leads the Cavaliers in made threes (2.1) and attempted threes (6.3) per game. He has a very exploitable matchup against the Hornets on tap tonight, too. Charlotte gives up the second-most made three per game (2.77) and the most points per game (23.3) to power forwards, where Love spends 66% of his minutes. Love is averaging 15.1 points per game over his last eight outings, a number propelled by his 2.6 made threes per game. He hit the over in six of those eight matchups, and he should nose over this total again.

Titus: Michael Porter Jr. Over 20.5 Points (-110 at FD Sportsbook)
The Nuggets will travel to the Bay Area for a matchup against the 10th seeded Warriors on Friday night, and Michael Porter Jr is poised to get buckets. In their first meeting this season, Porter served up 24 points with nine rebounds and two assists in 38 minutes of action. The third-year forward is thriving without Jamal Murray in the lineup, dropping 21.6 points per game over his last five contests heading into Friday. The Nuggets are two-point favorites, and per Fansure, Porter has exceeded 20.5 points in six of his last seven games as a favorite. The Warriors play at a dizzying pace which offers MPJ plenty of upside and opportunity to score north of 20.5 points.

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