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NBA betting tips: Pelicans can spring Suns surprise

The new NBA season is well under way and we'll have regular NBA betting tips throughout the campaign.

We've had four winners out of nine so far this week and are hoping for more success from tonight's two matches.

The Milwaukee Bucks host the Portland Trail Blazers in the live game on Sky Sports Arena, and the New Orleans Pelicans are involved in a Western Conference battle in Phoenix in the other match.

Portland Trail Blazers @ Milwaukee Bucks

The Milwaukee Bucks extended their winning run to five with a 135-127 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday night when reigning NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo bagged his 14th consecutive double-double with a team-high 33 points, 11 rebounds and four assists.

The Bucks' hot streak means they are 11/2 in the NBA odds to win the title for the first time since their only triumph in 1971.

Milwaukee have the second best offense this season with an average of 118.5 points per game and are just 1/11 in the NBA betting to get past the Trail Blazers, who have lost eight of their last 10 games.

Their struggles continued on Tuesday night with a 115-104 defeat against the New Orleans Pelicans despite the high-profile debut of Carmelo Anthony, who had been out for a year since being cut by the Houston Rockets.

Anthony only signed for the Trail Blazers on a non-guaranteed deal last week so was understandably rusty, but bagged 10 points and four rebounds.

Melo's performance was encouraging but the absence of top scorer Damian Lillard with back spasms is a major concern and if he misses out again, we expect the Bucks to make hay.

The Trail Blazers are 6/1 in the NBA odds but without Lillard they lack the quality to upend one of the form teams in the Eastern Conference.

The Bucks have a 12-3-1 ATS record against the Trail Blazers since the 2011-12 season and should overcome an -11.5 points deficit at 5/6 as the first of our NBA betting tips.

Milwaukee have played nine of their last 11 matches on the road but are at home for a four-game stretch and should get off to a flying start at the Fiserv Forum for our first NBA bet of the day.

New Orleans Pelicans @ Phoenix Suns

The Pelicans made it back-to-back wins for the first time this season in Tuesday night's victory over the Portland Trail Blazers and are 8/5 to win their NBA match against the Phoenix Suns who hope to snap a two-game losing run.

Jrue Holiday shone for the Pelicans with 22 points and 11 assists, but the biggest plus for New Orleans was the return of Brandon Ingram who posted 21 points having missed four matches with sore knees.

Ingram revealed afterwards that he "didn't have any restrictions" during the game, so he should be fit for the game against the Suns who have won their last two matches against the Pelicans in overtime.

However, the first of those wins at the Smoothie King Center snapped an eight-match losing run against their rivals.

They have also lost five of their last six home games against New Orleans so for those looking at an upset in NBA bet tips, the visitors look good value.

The Suns were missing point guard Ricky Rubio and Aron Baynes for one game each during this week's defeats against the Boston Celtics and the Sacramento Kings, absences which have not helped star man Devin Booker.

Phoenix also remain without centre Deandre Ayton, halfway through a 25-game suspension for using a banned substance, so the cracks are starting to show and so we're taking a chance on New Orleans as the next of our NBA betting tips.

The Pelicans are rebuilding after finishing well short of the play-offs last season, but they are starting to develop some momentum and can take advantage of the Suns' injury problems by winning in Phoenix as the last of our NBA betting predictions.

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Warren Barner
@warren_barner in Basketball