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Looking for NBA player props on Friday? We’ve got you covered.
Thursday belonged to the stars. Damian Lillard put up 39 points in his Milwaukee Bucks debut, pouring in 14 over the final four minutes in a hard-fought win against the Philadelphia 76ers. Then, LeBron James dragged the Los Angeles Lakers over the finish line for their first win of the season against the Phoenix Suns despite 39 points from Kevin Durant.
Looking ahead to Friday’s matchups around the association, these are our favorite player props and betting picks.
Jokic snagged 13 boards in the season opener against the Lakers and is a strong pick to do damage on the glass against the Memphis Grizzlies. The Denver Nuggets will be on the road, where they had a losing record last season, but the Grizzlies only shot 41.8% in their opener and are without Ja Morant, which should lead to lots of rebounding opportunities.
The Grizz are also without their enforcer, Steven Adams, and will have Xavier Tillman and Jaren Jackson Jr. battling the Joker inside. Tillman is too small and unskilled to match Jokic, while Jackson Jr. is a terrible rebounder for his size and position. Jokic averaged 14.7 boards in three matchups with Memphis last year and should go over his total.
Randle was horrible shooting the ball in the New York Knicks’ 2023-24 debut (5-22) but still went 3-8 from long range. The Atlanta Hawks like to play a very fast tempo that can leave them exposed on the defensive side, especially when opposing teams are able to get out in transition.
Randle made at least three threes in three of four games against the Hawks last year, including a 6-12 performance from beyond the arc in December 2022. Atlanta defended the three well in the opener, but that was against a poor Charlotte Hornets team.
Um, a team meeting after the first game of the season? This version of the Chicago Bulls probably won’t last past the trade deadline, especially if they continue to lose by 20 points, just like they did against the OKC Thunder on Wednesday.
LaVine has the highest projected points total of all Bulls players despite only managing 16 on 4-16 shooting on Wednesday. DeMar DeRozan usually takes the most shots on the team, and we believe that to be a recipe for LaVine unders—especially with the tough defense the Toronto Raptors impose on their opponents.
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Wemby looked hesitant in his NBA debut in numerous aspects (shooting the ball notwithstanding) but still put up 15 points and five rebounds in only 23 minutes. He was not a heavy target in offensive actions and his teammates did not do a great job looking for him, but that should change on Friday.
Assuming he avoids the foul trouble that left him sitting on the bench for more than 50% of the game, he should be a larger part of the offense. His late-game eruption was the only reason the San Antonio Spurs were able to draw within contact of the Dallas Mavericks, and he’ll also naturally be in a position to grab more rebounds the longer he’s on the court. The Rockets also shot only 32-79 (40.5%) in their first game and are filled with bad jump-shooting players.
Fox only managed 18 on 6-18 shooting on Wednesday but this is a strong play to light up the scoreboard. His speed and shot-making ability helped him average 27.4 points per game in the playoffs against the Golden State Warriors last year, and that was before 38-year-old Chris Paul was added to the lineup.
Fox also has an off-court relationship with Steph Curry after signing to his sneaker line and will have added motivation to go at his new colleague. Both teams play at breakneck paces, and points should be plentiful.
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