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When the NBA's Friday night schedule kicks off, there are some interesting props to keep an eye on between some key players.
When the Chicago Bulls and the Philadelphia 76ers tip-off, keep an eye out on scoring ace DeMar DeRozan. For the New York Knicks and Toronto Raptors, OG Anunoby's rebounding ability will be tested. And when the Detroit Pistons and San Antonio Spurs match up, Jakob Poeltl's rebounding and playmaking will be the focus.
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While the Chicago Bulls haven't been excellent this season, DeMar DeRozan has been excellent when leading his team against some of the best in the Eastern Conference. At bet365, DeRozan is a -110 to clear 25.5 points against the Philadelphia 76ers.
On the season, DeRozan is averaging 26.6 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 4.9 assists on 50.5% from the field and 28.1% from three-point range. Over DeRozan's last five games, he's averaged 30.2 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 4.0 assists on 48.7% from the field and 20.0% from three. However, he's cleared 25.5 just twice in those five games.
The Sixers are a good defensive team, but DeRozan's versatility should work in his favor. With his ability to get to the rim or shoot from mid-range, he should find success on the scoring end against Philly's traditional lineups.
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The Toronto Raptors are on a down run of form through their recent games, and OG Anunoby's performance must step up if they hope to find victory. At FanDuel Sportsbook, Anunoby is a +102 to clear 5.5 rebounds when he takes on the New York Knicks.
On the season, Anunoby is averaging 18.5 points, 5.9 rebounds, and 2.1 assists on 46.6% from the field and 34.8% from three-point range. Despite the fact that the Raptors are 1-2 over their last three games, Anunoby has averaged 15.7 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 2.3 assists on 39.6% from the field and 29.2% from three-point range.
Anunoby has cleared 5.5 rebounds in 18 of his 34 appearances for the Toronto Raptors this season. It won't be an easy time for Anunoby to clear 5.5, but at 37.1 minutes per game he'll have every opportunity to hit the over.
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When the San Antonio Spurs tip-off, all eyes will be on improved center Jakob Poeltl. At PointsBet Sportsbook, Poeltl is a -105 to clear 12.5 rebounds and assists combined when he takes on the Detroit Pistons.
On the season, Poeltl is averaging 11.9 points, 9.3 rebounds, 2.9 assists, and 1.1 blocks on 64.0% from the field. Through his last five games though, Poeltl is averaging 10.0 points, 10.4 rebounds, 2.6 assists, and 1.0 blocks on 57.6% from the field. When he takes on the Pistons he'll be facing a tough challenge, but his recent form is encouraging.
Against good rebounding teams in the Knicks and Nets, Poeltl has been able to collect 31 rebounds in three of his last five games. He's not going to be dropping dimes all over the place, but he'll have more than enough to clear 12.5 between his assists and rebounds.
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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