Pick 'n' roll: Thursday's best NBA bets
Milwaukee Bucks at Sacramento Kings (1, 185.5)
The Bucks caught the Lakers in a big letdown spot and took full advantage of it.
With Milwaukee sending out just nine healthy players and the Lakers rolling along on a five-game win streak, the Bucks hit better than 50 percent of their shots from the floor for only the third time this year to drill L.A. 98-79.
The 5-foot-5 Earl Boykins canned four treys and finished with 22 points and John Salmons added 20 for the Bucks, who snapped a three-game slide.
"They usually always make a run in the fourth quarter," Boykins eloquently told the press. "We were just trying to stay in front for as long as possible. If you play with effort and belief, you can do anything."
That’s some advice the Kings could use. Sacto has dropped 14 of its last 15 straight up and five of the last six against the spread after they ran out of gas in overtime, losing 117-109 to Golden State as a 3-point favorite.
We’ll side with the Bucks here, but this is going to be ugly. Tune in to the TNT doubleheader and keep your eye on the ticker for this matchup. Pick: