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Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo reacts during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets on April 1, 2019.
Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo reacts during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets on April 1, 2019.|Michael Owens | Associated Press
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NBA: Will Sixers make Bucks cry ‘Uncle’? Frank picks points and throws in Cavaliers v Kings

Greg Frank

Greg Frank

Bucks (-5) @ SIXERS (230.5)
Pick: Sixers +5
The Sixers phoned in the three games they played on their recent road trip. Now they come back home with a chance to make one last statement before the postseason. The team lists Joel Embiid and Jimmy Butler as questionable, but we’re thinking that’s more gamesmanship than anything else. There’s no better opportunity for the Sixers to quell any minor concerns from a few losses against lottery teams then tonight’s game against the top seed in the East. Giannis Antetokounmpo threw shade at Joel Embiid in recent comments to the press which should give the Cameroonian big even more reason to suit up tonight. In a potential preview of the Eastern Conference Finals, we’re expecting high intensity from both teams which should result in a close game thus making five points pretty valuable. Plus, the Sixers have been money at home all season at 30-9 with three regular season games remaining at Wells Fargo Center. This one comes down to the last possession and with five points in our back pocket, we don’t need to pick who wins from there.

Cavaliers (+9.5) @ KINGS (229)
Pick: Under 229
Cleveland is in the middle of one last west coast swing before turning its attention to the Zion Williamson sweepstakes next month. Tonight is the fourth of five games for the Cavaliers on the trip and so far they’ve lost all three and covered just one. Cleveland looks to be on track to lose out and if that’s the case, we can’t expect its five-game over streak to continue. We were dead wrong about the Kings on Tuesday expecting them to compete hard for 48 minutes with Houston. The Kings lost by 25 and are likely poised to check out themselves for the end of the season. That lends us to think Thursday’s tilt is one that neither team particularly cares about which would result in a boring and uneventful game. You don’t have to watch it, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t value in betting it. This total is too high and we’re on the under.