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Friday NBA Odds, Predictions, Betting Trends: Mavericks vs. Wizards, Pacers vs Celtics Among Most Popular Public Picks (April 1)

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Glenn James/NBAE via Getty Images. Pictured: Assistant Coach Sean Sweeney and Head Coach Jason Kidd of the Dallas Mavericks talks to Luka Doncic #77 of the Dallas Mavericks.

There’s no shortage of volume to tip off the NBA weekend.

Twelve games line Friday’s board, featuring multiple teams looking to stay hot heading into the postseason.

The Dallas Mavericks, for instance, have rattled off five win and covers over their last six games. They travel to take on the Washington Wizards.

Staying in the East, nobody’s hotter than the Celtics, who, despite back-to-back losses, moved from +5000 to +900 to win the title in the span of six weeks. They’re laying double digits to the Pacers.

Those two games also happen to be among the top-five most popular matchups the public’s betting on Friday.

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Friday’s NBA Odds & Betting Trends

*Odds and public betting trends data as of Friday afternoon

5 Most Popular NBA Bets 

Mavericks (-8.5) vs. Wizards

7 p.m. ET

Dallas is quietly the third-best bet in basketball this season, covering 57.9% of spreads.

Bettors see no reason to stop, as the 65% ticket count in support of the Mavericks marks the highest on the 12-game card.

Trail Blazers (+15) vs. Spurs

8:30 p.m. ET

Portland’s covered just 40% of contests this season, but is getting some unconventional support Friday against San Antonio.

The Trail Blazers are the only other team with a ticket count north of 60% at the time of writing (62%, second-highest).

Pacers (+14.5) vs. Celtics, Over 225.5

7:30 p.m. ET

Another double-digit ‘dog catching the public’s attention is Indiana, which is getting 59% of the wagers across retail books.

The over’s also getting smashed, with an enormous 81% of the ticket support.

Raptors (-10.5) vs. Magic

7:30 p.m. ET

The Raptors are still fighting for playoff positioning, while the Magic are looking to next year.

Considering the contrasting styles of motivation, it’s no surprise to see a bulk of tickets on Toronto — we’ve logged 58% of the tickets on the road team, the fourth-most of any side.

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