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Friday's NBA betting tips: Pistons and Bucks picked to triumph

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The NBA 2018-19 regular season continues on Friday with 10 games taking place.

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NBA betting tips from's expert, including the best bets from Philadelphia 76ers at Detroit Pistons and Golden State Warriors at Milwaukee Bucks.

Philadelphia 76ers at Detroit Pistons (00:00 GMT on Saturday)

The Philadelphia 76ers head to the Motor City for their third encounter against the Detroit Pistons this season. The Pistons edged the Sixers 133-132 in overtime at the Little Caesars Arena last October 23 behind the career-high 50 points of Blake Griffin, who also hit the game-winning three-point play. The Sixers avenged that defeat by posting a 109-99 victory in their rematch in Philadelphia on November 3. Joel Embiid had 39 points and 17 rebounds to topple Griffin’s 38-point, 13-rebound performance. The Pistons (13-9) are determined to get back on track after suffering defeats against Oklahoma City (110-83) and Milwaukee (115-92) following a five-game winning streak. Blake Griffin, Andre Drummond and Reggie Jackson will lead Detroit in their quest to bounce back. The Pistons, however, will miss the services of Reggie Bullock (ankle) while Ish Smith is questionable after suffering a groin injury in their last game. The Sixers (17-9), meanwhile, are coming off a 102-113 loss at Toronto on Wednesday. The loss - which ended Philadelphia’s four-game winning streak - spoiled the 38-point explosion of Jimmy Butler. JJ Redick added 25 points as he and Butler compensated for the offensive struggles of Embiid (10 points) and Ben Simmons (8 points). We expect a win for the Pistons in this duel.

Golden State Warriors at Milwaukee Bucks (02:30 GMT on Saturday)

The Milwaukee Bucks handed the Golden State Warriors a humiliating loss at the Oracle Arena last month. Led by Eric Bledsoe (26 points), Giannis Antetokounmpo (24 points, 9 rebounds) and Malcolm Brogdon (20 points), the Bucks walloped the defending champions 134-111 in front of their home fans last November 8. Klay Thompson had 24 points to pace Golden State, who lost Stephen Curry to a leg injury in the third period. That injury sidelined the two-time league MVP for 11 games and he only returned recently. Kevin Durant, meanwhile, was held to just 17 points after shooting 6-of-15 from the field. The Central Division-best Bucks (16-7) are coming off a 115-92 home demolition of the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday. Bledsoe matched a season-best 27 points to lead Milwaukee after top gun Giannis Antetokounmpo was held to just 15 points. Second leading scorer Khris Middleton missed out against the Pistons due to personal reasons and his status in this game is questionable. The Warriors (17-9), meanwhile, are hoping to end a five-game trip with another victory after posting wins in Atlanta (128-111) and Cleveland (129-105). Curry is out to impress anew after dropping 42 in their win against the Cavaliers on Wednesday night. Durant also made an impact by finishing with 25 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists. We are backing the Bucks to sweep the Warriors.

*odds correct at 05:00 GMT on 7/12/18

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Friday's NBA betting tips: Pistons and Bucks picked to triumph

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