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With eight exciting games across the NBA's Friday night schedule, keep an eye on some of the NBA's most established stars for some interesting props!
When the Washington Wizards and the Portland Trail Blazers face-off, Bradley Beal's production on the glass will be the topic of conversation. Chris Paul has also been in strong rebounding form for a guard, so he'll need to maintain that if the Phoenix Suns want to earn victory over the Boston Celtics. And when the Houston Rockets take on the Toronto Raptors, Pascal Siakam is sure to put up a good performance after his recent All-Star snub.
Let's check out the bets!
Bradley Beal isn't known for his rebounding, but it'll be needed if the Wizards hope to control the glass. At Caesars Sportsbook, Beal is a +116 to fall short of 3.5 rebounds when he takes on the Portland Trail Blazers.
On the season, Beal is averaging 22.0 points, 5.2 assists, and 3.5 rebounds on 51.2% from the field and 36.2% from the three-point range. Over his last six games before returning from injury, Beal has averaged 18.5 points, 5.3 assists, and 3.7 rebounds on 45.6% from the field and 47.6% from three. Over that span of time, he's cleared 3.5 in just two of his six games.
I don't see Beal clearing 3.5 rebounds in this matchup. He's not been a strong rebounder this season, and the Portland Trail Blazers are holding teams to just 41.3 boards per game (3rd in the NBA). Expect him to fall short of 3.5, as the size and athleticism of both the Trail Blazers and Wizards in the paint should keep him out.
Chris Paul's Phoenix Suns haven't been very consistent through this season, so he's had to make up for it by contributing in areas he's not usually known for. At PointsBet, Paul is a +115 to clear 4.5 rebounds when he takes on the Boston Celtics.
On the season, Paul is averaging 14.1 points, 8.5 assists, and 4.3 rebounds on 44.5% from the field and 40.4% from three-point range. Over the course of his last six games since returning from injury though, Paul has averaged 18.5 points, 9.2 assists, and 5.0 rebounds on 51.3% from the field and 42.4% from three-point range. He's cleared 4.5 rebounds in four of his last six games.
The Celtics are a strong rebounding team, but they're not one of the most prolific teams on the offensive glass. With less competition on the defensive boards and an overall smaller lineup facing him, Paul should maintain his solid rebounding numbers.
On the season, Siakam is averaging 24.9 points, 8.0 rebounds, and 6.2 assists on 47.0% from the field and 31.4% from the three-point range. However, over his last five games on the road his production has been a bit more modest, averaging just 22.2 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 4.0 assists on 41.5% from the field and 25.0% from three. Over that run, he's cleared 5.5 assists just once.
I expect Siakam to clear 5.5 assists despite his recent form. Coming off of an egregious All-Star snub, the All-NBA-ranked Siakam is sure to bounce back with an impressive showing. Having cleared 5.5 assists in 27 of his 44 games this season, the lowly Rockets don't project to be able to stop him.
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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