Pick ‘n’ roll: Friday’s best basketball bets

Cleveland Cavaliers at New York Knicks (-12, 217.5) odds provided by logans

The Knicks are poised for some serious revenge to start the weekend.

The Cavaliers stunned the Knicks 115-109 last week in Ohio, taking away all the momentum New York had gained since upsetting the Heat in the prior game. Cleveland won the game by controlling the paint and playing physical. The Cavaliers made a whopping 31-of-44 free throws and held a 62-42 edge on rebounds.

But this time will be a little different.

The Cavaliers will be missing Antawn Jamison (finger), the team’s leading scorer who went off for 28 points and 13 boards with no turnovers in the victory. Cleveland also is expected to give some burn to the recently acquired Baron Davis for the first time in this game. For a player known to stop trying on bad teams, this isn’t necessarily a good thing.

The Knicks, meanwhile, are coming off a 107-88 beatdown of the Hornets and are playing more consistently. The team may miss lead guard Chauncey Billups (thigh), but Toney Douglas has been serviceable as his replacement in small doses, finishing with 24 points, five assists and four rebounds in the win over New Orleans.

"I talked to him this morning," Billups said of Douglas. "I told him, 'Try not to defer so much to the guys. When you call a plan, just run it no matter what people say or what you might feel. Be in command out there.’

"And I know it's probably tough for him as a young player playing with those studs like that, guys that are alpha males. So I know it's a difficult position for him, but I told him, 'Be confident in what you do.'"

Pick: New York

Pennsylvania Quakers at Harvard Crimson (-10.5) odds provided by logans

There’s no denying Harvard is one of the top teams in the Ivy League this year. But the Crimson aren’t that great as a large favorite.

When listed as double-digit chalk this season, Harvard is a less-than-impressive 3-4 ATS, including late home rallies against Yale and Dartmouth just to pull out the wins. And the Quakers love being big underdogs.

Penn is a staggering 3-1 ATS this season when getting more than 10 points and actually trailed Kentucky by just a point at halftime in a game at Rupp Arena earlier this season. The Quakers may be just 4-9 SU on the road, but the squad is a very solid 7-5 ATS in lined games away from Philadelphia this season.

"We always talk about some days the ball is going in the basket, and some days it's not," said Penn coach Jerome Allen floor. "But if you're consistent in your defensive effort, you always give yourself a chance to win."

In the teams’ earlier meeting, Harvard left the Palestra with a one-point overtime win. But the officiating in that game was so poor that league officials were forced to comment on it the following day.

Plus, it’s not like the Crimson are in rare form. Harvard is coming off a disappointing 70-69 loss at Yale that saw the team favored by six points. Overall, the Crimson are just 2-4 ATS in their past six as favorites.

Pick: Penn

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Posted by awright22
3 years ago

2-1 tonight! BONG!
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Posted by Zylonist
3 years ago

3 team teaser hits with ease.... Magic Lost Miami Pending GLTA
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Posted by ronnie101
3 years ago

any thoughts on Dallas 2nd half Dirk has 3 fouls
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Posted by swens30
3 years ago

unreal Niagara the #1 census, 100% expert picked them and they lose.....ridiculous.... What about the heat ML? I think that is a safe play considering san antonio just got smoked 2 games ago by cleveland with no Jamison.....thoughts?
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Posted by meraby
3 years ago

phx -3 2h
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Posted by jabbadon
3 years ago

siena -4.5 fh
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Posted by swat111
3 years ago

Hey Jabbadon Do you ever bet Proline or Point spread?
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Posted by jabbadon
3 years ago

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Posted by Zylonist
3 years ago

I agree King, I like the Heat even better now that he is playing HA!!! GLTA
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Posted by BostonFan
3 years ago

Tony Parker to start. Spurs -2 for me. Heat are gonna have to prove they can beat the NBA elite, esp on the road.
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Posted by BostonFan
3 years ago

Whoever Neg clicked me is kicking themself right now with their shitty Heat bet.
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Posted by jabbadon
3 years ago

portland u -3.5 fh
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Posted by awright22
3 years ago

PHOENIX -2.5
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Posted by awright22
3 years ago

DALLAS -9
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Posted by meraby
3 years ago

phi-3.5 2h orl -5 2h
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Posted by jabbadon
3 years ago

valparaiso -1.5 fh
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Posted by awright22
3 years ago

NEW ORLEANS +5.5
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Posted by yankees1913
3 years ago

Well I dont do this alot, but he is a parlay paying over 10:1 - fullgame bets - Mavericks (-450) (NBA) Spurs under 195½ (-110) (NBA) Morehead St (-150) (NCAA Men) Pepperdine (-200) (NCAA Men) Indiana State under 131 (-110) (NCAA Men)
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Posted by jabbadon
3 years ago

tenn tech 4.5 fh
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Posted by jabbadon
3 years ago

niagara -2.5 fh
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Posted by sheeklouch
3 years ago

Alright covers friends and family. Here we go. The NBA picks for the night. If you play each of these game's individually, i can almost guarantee that you will see profit tonight. If you parlay some of them, I still like your chances. Six picks. OKC @ ATL UND 191, CHI @ ORL UND 190, MIA @ SA UND 195, PHOENIX SUNS -2, LAKERS -12 (sorry Loshawn, your the man but I gotta run with the purp and yellow tonight, no Wallace+no Muhammad+revenge=Lakers by double digits IMO, gl luck though tonight), HEAT +2. Those are the plays for the evening. Looks promising. Good luck to the pick 'n' roll family.
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Posted by meraby
3 years ago

lets do it
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Posted by sheeklouch
3 years ago

under not looking spectacular in thunder hawks game, still a chance it slows down in the second half.
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Posted by Picktrodomus
3 years ago

I'm on the ATL OVER 191 GL
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Posted by sheeklouch
3 years ago

well looks like your going to win picktro. next time post it before midway through the 3rd quarter. GL on the rest of your picks!
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Posted by sheeklouch
3 years ago

"Alright covers friends and family. Here we go. The NBA picks for the night. If you play each of these game's individually, i can almost guarantee that you will see profit tonight. If you parlay some of them, I still like your chances. Six picks...."