Milwaukee Bucks vs. Toronto Raptors
The Milwaukee Bucks have struggled with Giannis Antetokounmpo on the sideline. The main reason for the struggles is the lack of scoring available for the Bucks. That means unless he plays tonight, the Raptors have the advantage of being the first team to score in this matchup.
The most consistent scorer for the Raptors is Pascal Siakam. He averages 25.7 points per game and has had several high-scoring games recently. Giannis being hurt leaves the Bucks without a Power Forward to guard Siakam, and that means he will get more scoring opportunities early on.
First Basket: Pascal Siakam (+500)
Los Angeles Clippers vs. Philadelphia 76ers
The Los Angeles Clippers have several key players dealing with injuries. That gives the advantage to Philadelphia to score first tonight. They are healthy and have one of the best players in the NBA, Joel Embiid.
Joel Embiid is one of the best offensive centers in the league. He averages 33.4 points per game. The hard part for opposing teams is that Embiid can shoot three-pointers. Bettors can benefit from the injuries the Clippers are dealing with tonight.
First Basket: Joel Embiid (+340)