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With 10 matchups across the NBA on Friday night, expect some exciting performances from some in-form contributors!
When the Sacramento Kings face off against the Detroit Pistons, Isaiah Stewart will be looking to marry his tough interior play with his newfound outside shooting. Joel Embiid's playmaking will be under the microscope, despite his incredible scoring form when the Philadelphia 76ers play the Golden State Warriors. And while the Toronto Raptors are slumping, reigning Rookie of the Year Scottie Barnes will look to maintain his stellar play against the Brooklyn Nets.
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The Detroit Pistons may be far from a strong team in the Eastern Conference, but individuals like Isaiah Stewart have been productive regardless. At DraftKings, Stewart is a -110 to clear 20.5 points, rebounds, and assists combined when he takes on the Sacramento Kings.
On the season, Stewart is averaging 12.0 points, 8.7 rebounds, and 1.2 assists per game on 47.4% shooting from the field and 37.5% from three-point range. Over his last three games though, Stewart is averaging 13.3 points, 7.7 rebounds, and 0.3 assists on 55.6% shooting from the field and 43.8% shooting from three.
Stewart's newfound three-point shooting has been excellent for his offensive production, and the fact that the Kings lack a significant rim protector works in his favor. While playmaking won't be in his wheelhouse, expect Stewart to clear 20.5 on points and rebounds alone.
More known for his scoring and rim-protecting threat, Embiid's playmaking will be under the microscope when he takes on the Golden State Warriors. At FanDuel, Embiid is a +112 to clear 3.5 assists when he leads his Philadelphia 76ers against the Warriors.
On the season, Embiid is averaging 33.3 points, 9.7 rebounds, and 4.7 assists on 53.8% shooting from the field and 32.3% from three-point range. He's been more focused on his scoring, averaging 40.7 points, 10.3 rebounds, and 3.3 assists on 65.7% shooting from the field and 62.5% shooting from three.
The Warriors' defense is organized, but not always successful. Given their likely focus on getting the ball out of Embiid's hands, expect the Sixers All-Star to rediscover his playmaking form. Having cleared 3.5 assists in 11 of his 19 appearances, it projects to be a fruitful wager.
Reigning NBA Rookie of the Year Scottie Barnes hasn't improved as Raptors fans had hoped this season. At PointsBet, Barnes is a +120 to clear 4.5 assists when he takes on the Brooklyn Nets.
On the season, Barnes is averaging 14.4 points, 7.0 rebounds, and 4.8 assists on 45.3% shooting from the field and 33.3% shooting from three-point range. He is however coming off of a game where he posted 27 points, 10 assists, and 7 rebounds on 62.5% shooting from the field and 66.7% shooting from three.
While Barnes isn't the league's most traditional point guard, he's taken on a heavy playmaking burden due to the struggles of Raptors All-Star Fred VanVleet. While he tends to get off to slow starts, Barnes has cleared 4.5 assists in 13 of his 25 appearances for the Raptors. Given the Nets' tough defense, expect Barnes' playmaking to star.
Christian Jope is a writer, social media strategist, and data analyst. A Queen’s University Alumni, Christian is an author and social media strategist with Raptors Cage, while also working closely with MLSE and Canada Basketball through community-driven events.
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