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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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