We've got a busy friday in the NBA with 13 games on the schedule and Portland Trail Blazers guard C.J. McCollum could be in for a big night against a team he loves to light up.
Monique Vág brings you the best betting notes, props and predictions from around the league to help you win your wagers on the hardcourt.
The Raptors are 3.5-point favorites as they travel to Orlando to take on the Magic. Defensively the Raptors rank in the top ten in opponent points per game, and they have been one of the best teams at defending opposing point guards holding them to 19.2 points a game on a very low 39.3 percent shooting.
In their two prior meetings this season, the Raptors held Fournier to 7-of-15 shooting from the floor. With his total set really high going up against a good defense, bet Under his points total of 19.5.
THE CITY THAT NEVER SCORES
Over their most recent three games, the 76ers have held opponents to just 92.7 ppg. Today they travel to New York as 7-point favorites to take on a Knicks squad that has lost four straight games and scored fewer than 105 points in each of those contests. While the 76ers aren't lighting up the scoreboard, they are playing well defensively and will be able to limit the Knicks offense. Bet Under the Knicks team total of 102.5.
Utah is 7.5-point road favorites as they travel to Memphis. The Grizzlies hope to snap a five-game losing streak against a Jazz team who have been dominant at home but have struggled on the road. Utah has won only three of their most recent fourteen games away from home.
The Grizzlies give up a very high 25.6 assists per game, including 8.9 apg to opposing point guards. Utah PG Mike Conley enters today averaging 4.7 assists per game and lately his role in the offense has been as more of a facilitator rather than a shooter. Bet Over his low assist total of 4.5.
The Mavericks have scored 135 or more points in three of their last four games. Today the Mavs travel to Phoenix to take on a Suns team averaging 117.3 ppg on their home court and coming off a game where they put up 132 points in a loss to the Wizards.
The Over has hit in six of the Mavs last seven road games, and eight of the previous nine versus a Western Conference opponent. For the Suns, the Over has hit in eight of their last ten games, and six of seven at home. With both teams shooting the ball well lately, expect offensive fireworks and bet Over the game total of 231.5.
HIS FAVORITE OPPONENT
The Trail Blazers are 7-point favorites at home as the Bulls come into town. The Bulls have struggled on the road this season winning only three of nine games and have not had much success versus the Blazers losing six straight games in the head-to-head. Portland have been a much better team offensively at home, averaging 6 more points per contest at Moda Center.
In his career, C.J. McCollum has played very well against the Bulls, averaging 21.3 ppg on 48 percent shooting. Expect another good shooting night out of McCollum and bet Over his points total of 19.5.
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