NBA best bets: Second-half preview and futures picks

The best NBA bet for first slate of games after All-Star break (1:09)

Preston Johnson likes the Bucks to cover vs. the Pistons as he expects them to not suffer from an All-Star break hangover. (1:09)

The second half of the NBA season starts Thursday night. The All-Star break gives our experts -- Preston Johnson, Jordan Schultz, Doug Kezirian and senior writer Andre Snellings -- a chance to reset and make some new bets. Here are their best bets for the NBA's second half.

Odds courtesy of Caesars Sportsbook unless noted otherwise.

Win totals

Milwaukee Bucks (Over/Under 69.5 wins)