Handicapping the NBA: Friday Picks

Handicapping the NBA: Friday Picks

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Alex Barutha

Karl-Anthony Towns UNDER 39.5 points+rebounds+assists (-113) at MIA – FanDuel (1:14 PM CT)

Over the past 10 games, Towns has averaged 37.9 P+R+A. I think he'll go under his 39.5 prop, as Bam Adebayo is one of the best big man defenders in the league. He can both defend in the post and chase Towns out at the three-point line. Over Towns' past three matchups against Adebayo, he's averaged 20.0 points, 9.3 rebounds and 4.3 assists (33.6 P+R+A).

LaMelo Ball OVER 31.5 points+rebounds+assists (-104) vs ORL – FanDuel (2:37 PM CT)

Ball is coming off a hold-your-nose gross 1-for-10 shooting performance during Thursday's blowout loss to the Bulls. I think he'll have a bounceback opportunity against the struggling Magic, as I'm not expecting Cole Anthony to play anything resembling defense on Ball. The rookie has averaged 30.5 P+R+A as a starter, so 31.5 seems like a realistic number to clear.

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Alex Barutha
Alex is RotoWire's NBA Assistant Editor. He writes articles about daily fantasy, year-long fantasy and sports betting. You can hear him on the RotoWire NBA Podcast, Sirius XM, DraftKings Live and other platforms. Vince Carter and Alex both first dunked during their respective sophomore years of high school.
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