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Jack Green makes his NBA picks for Friday night’s games, including four against the spread.
Sacramento Kings (-7) at Boston Celtics
The Celtics are having a disappointing season, with a 20-20 record that falls far short of their preseason expectations.
Despite that, they should easily defeat the Kings, who are 16-24 on the season, 7-12 on the road, and have lost 13 of their last 17 games.
Despite their struggles, the Celtics have the fourth-best home record in the Eastern Conference with a 12-6 record.
Indiana Pacers (-4) at Miami Heat
Following an abysmal start, the Heat have put together a run of 11 wins in 13 games to move up to fourth in the East.
The defending conference champions are now 12-8 at home, with their last nine victories all coming by at least five points.
The Pacers, who have lost eight of their last ten games and are 17-22 on the season, should put up little resistance on Friday night.
Toronto Raptors (-5) vs. Utah Jazz
The Jazz have cooled off after an incredible January and February run, but they still lead the West with a 29-11 record and lead the NBA in net rating.
Meanwhile, the Raptors are on a six-game losing streak after falling 116-112 to the Detroit Pistons, the East’s worst team, on Wednesday night.
Utah’s last 20 victories have all been by at least eight points, so it’s worth betting on Quin Snyder’s team to cover the spread here.
Dallas Mavericks (+3.5) at Portland Trail Blazers
When these teams last met in February, the Trail Blazers won 121-118, and they are the team to back on Friday night.
Portland has now won six of its last eight games, and its 13-7 home record outperforms all but three Western teams.
The Mavericks have been on a roll, but they’ve lost two of their last four games by eight points or more. They’re 10-9 on the road this season.
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