Friday's NBA Trends & Picks: First Quarter Best Bets

Betsperts analyst Jennifer Eakins looks at some best bets for Friday, December 2nd in the NBA.

Friday’s NBA slate features 11 games after a teeny, one-contest Thursday between the Mavericks and Pistons. Below you’ll find some of my best bets for the first quarter ATS based on trends so far this season.

Denver Nuggets vs. Atlanta Hawks Betting Odds

Nuggets Hawks
Spread -2.5 +2.5
Moneyline -140 +120
Over/Under 233
First Quarter to Win by 3+ +120 +160

*Lines accurate at time of publication

Nuggets vs. Hawks Best Bet

Nuggets First Quarter Margin 3+ (+120 DraftKings)

Denver has started out hot this season on the road with an average lead of 4.4 at the end of the first quarter in their 13 contests away from home. The Nuggets sit 10-3 1Q ATS in road contests while the Hawks are just 6-5 1Q ATS at home.

Risk: 1 unit on DraftKings to win 1.2 units. (Playable to -110)

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LA Lakers vs. Milwaukee Bucks Betting Odds

Lakers Bucks
Spread +8.5 -8.5
Moneyline +285 -345
Over/Under 230.5
First Quarter Spread +2.5 -2.5

*Lines accurate at time of publication

Lakers vs. Bucks Best Bet

Bucks First Quarter Spread -2.5 (-115 DraftKings)

The Lakers have been brutal at the start of road games this season, going just 1-7 1Q ATS in enemy arenas. If we take out the one game against the Spurs where they covered, LA has been down by an average of 5.71 points in those seven other contests. Go with the Bucks to cover here.

Risk: 1.15 units on DraftKings to win 1 unit. (Playable to -120)

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