NBA opening night 2018-19: Best bets, top picks, lines, odds for 76ers-Celtics and Thunder-Warriors – CBSSports.com

After a few long months without meaningful basketball, a new season has finally arrived. As always the league has put together a loaded set of games for opening night. This season, we’ll tip off with the Philadelphia 76ers vs. Boston Celtics and Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Golden State Warriors. Title favorites, rivalries, MVPs, young and ascending stars … this slate has everything a fan could want. 

(For a full schedule, including all the information you need on how to watch both games in Tuesday’s doubleheader, click here.)

While the best thing about the return of the regular season is that we actually get to watch serious basketball again, an added bonus is we get to bet about serious basketball again. Sure, you can bet on preseason games if you want — and even summer league for that matter — but come on. 

Ahead of opening night, here’s a look at the odds for each game, as well as some best bets. (Lines courtesy of Vegas Insider)

Philadelphia 76ers at Boston Celtics, 8 p.m. ET — TNT Line: Celtics -5

Following their run to the Eastern Conference finals last season, the Celtics got Gordon Hayward and Kyrie Irving back from season-ending injuries, and are favorites to win the conference. That, combined with the fact that they’re at home has allowed them to be inserted as five-point favorites over the Sixers on opening night. 

Now, the Sixers are certainly no slouch, and are widely seen as the third-best team in the conference behind the Celtics and Raptors. Still, it’s fair to say that they’re just a tier below those two teams, so five points feels like a fair number for the Celtics to be getting — especially considering a lesser Celtics team beat the Sixers in five games

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