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Best Bets: BasketballNews' picks and fantasy advice for 3/4/22

Best Bets: BasketballNews' picks and fantasy advice for 3/4/22

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

Without further ado, let’s go ahead and dive into the best bets for Friday’s slate.

Philadelphia 76ers (-7) vs. Cleveland Cavaliers

Since James Harden has joined forces with Joel Embiid, the Sixers have been unstoppable offensively. Although the Cavaliers present some challenges with their size, we’re forecasting Philadelphia to have no issues on Friday night. The Embiid-Harden duo, coupled with Tyrese Maxey’s development, makes Philadelphia a legitimate Finals contender. Hammer the Sixers to win outright and cover the spread.

Pick: Sixers -7

PrizePicks Power Play: Joel Embiid over 29.5 points, Darius Garland over 20.5 points, Jarrett Allen over 10.5 rebounds, James Harden over 10 assists

Chicago Bulls vs. Milwaukee Bucks (-4.5)

This is another fun battle on tap for Friday night’s NBA action. For this one, we’re leaning with the favorite largely due to fatigue factor. After a closely-contested loss last night to the Atlanta Hawks, Chicago is back in action against the defending champions. Hammer Milwaukee in this spot, because Giannis Antetokounmpo always rises to the occasion in big-time games. Ride the Giannis train to cash.

Pick: Bucks -4.5

PrizePicks Power Play: Giannis Antetokounmpo over 30.5 points, DeMar DeRozan over 28.5 points, Zach LaVine over 22.5 points, Khris Middleton over 20.5 points

New Orleans Pelicans vs. Utah Jazz (-4)

Since February, the Jazz have been one of the best teams in the NBA. Firing on all cylinders, Utah can go toe-to-toe with any team. In this one, it’s hard not to feel confident in the Jazz. Donovan Mitchell will do damage in the scoring department, but Rudy Gobert’s all-world defense will deter a lot of shots around the rim for New Orleans. Utah keeps the momentum going with another impressive road win.

Pick: Jazz -4

PrizePicks Power Play: Donovan Mitchell over 25.5 points, CJ McCollum over 22.5 points, Brandon Ingram over 20.5 points, Rudy Gobert over 12.5 rebounds

Phoenix Suns (-6.5) vs. New York Knicks

No superstar backcourt, no problem for the Suns in their last game against the tanking Portland Trail Blazers. This time around, a more formidable Knicks team awaits, but they are so inconsistent on a night-to-night basis. With Chris Paul (thumb) and Devin Booker (COVID-19 protocols) out, expect a heavier workload on Phoenix’s young trio of Mikal Bridges, Deandre Ayton and Cameron Johnson. The Suns seem to thrive when the chips are stacked against them this season, so we’re not shying away from the favorite.

Pick: Suns -6.5

PrizePicks Power Play: RJ Barrett over 23.5 points, Mikal Bridges over 15.5 points, Deandre Ayton over 10.5 rebounds, Julius Randle over 9.5 rebounds

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