Best bets for Friday’s NBA games

The NBA is inching closer to the end of the regular season, but there are still plenty of betting opportunities. ESPN has a doubleheader Friday with the Bulls hosting the Celtics in the early game and the Lakers visiting the Blazers in the nightcap. Our analysts — Doug Kezirian (24-13), Joe Fortenbaugh (13-12), Andre Snellings (53-33-1), Tyler Fulghum (24-26) and Anita Marks (16-11) — are here to give their best bets from Friday’s 10-game slate.

Odds courtesy of Caesars Sportsbook by William Hill unless noted otherwise.

Friday’s games

New York Knicks at Phoenix Suns (-6, 218)

Snellings: These two teams lock horns for the second time in as many weeks, but this time both are coming off embarrassing losses. On Wednesday, the Suns faced the Hawks in Atlanta — in their fourth game in six nights — on the second half of a back-to-back in which they’d played overtime in the first game, and the Hawks blew open a competitive game late for a 32-point victory. The Knicks, on the other hand, got blitzed from the start against the Nuggets and fought back to lose by “only” 16 points.

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