Best Bets: BasketballNews' picks and fantasy advice for 3/18/22

Best Bets: BasketballNews' picks and fantasy advice for 3/18/22

Every day, gives you NBA betting analysis before tip-off. Make sure you subscribe to our daily podcast “Nothing But Bets” on Apple PodcastsSpotify or wherever you listen to podcasts. This season, “Nothing But Bets” is up thousands of dollars on PrizePicks.

Without further ado, let’s dive into our favorite NBA betting plays for Friday's slate.

Toronto Raptors (-9) vs. Los Angeles Lakers

The Lakers are not fun to watch right now, especially from a betting perspective. LeBron James is fun, but what else gets you excited on the Lakers’ roster right now? On Friday night in Toronto, I don’t expect this matchup to be close. The Raptors’ well-balanced attack will overwhelm the Lakers, which ends in another embarrassing double-digit loss on the road. Hammer Toronto to cover the 9-point spread.

Pick: Raptors -9

PrizePicks Power Play: LeBron James over 28.5 points, Fred VanVleet over 19.5 points, Russell Westbrook over 15.5 points, Pascal Siakam over 4.5 assists

Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Denver Nuggets (-2.5)

Nikola Jokic is dominating the NBA right now. It’s hard to envision the Nuggets’ success slowing down anytime soon, especially on Friday in Cleveland. Evan Mobley will be a tough test for Jokic, but in the end we’re siding with the potential two-time MVP winner. Denver picks up an impressive win on the way to covering the small 2.5-point spread.

Pick: Nuggets -2.5

PrizePicks Power Play: Nikola Jokic over 24.5 points, Darius Garland over 23.5 points, Evan Mobley over 15.5 points, Will Barton over 13.5 points

Phoenix Suns (-5.5) vs. Chicago Bulls

Who’s ready for a fun battle between Devin Booker and DeMar DeRozan? This is the game I’m most looking forward to on Friday night, because both of these teams can get hot at a moment’s notice. However, in this game, we’re rolling with the home team in Phoenix. Expect Booker to go off, but also for the Suns’ well-oiled machine to keep them engaged versus Chicago. Hammer Phoenix with emphasis as a best bet of the night for “Nothing But Bets” NBA slate.

Pick: Suns -5.5

PrizePicks Power Play: DeMar DeRozan over 27.5 points, Devin Booker over 26.5 points, Nikola Vucevic over 10.5 rebounds, Cameron Payne over 7.5 assists

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