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The Los Angeles Lakers miraculously handed the Boston Celtics their third home loss of the season as 15.5-point underdogs without LeBron James and Anthony Davis, while Tyrese Maxey dropped a career-high 51 points hours after being named a first-time All-Star as the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Utah Jazz.
Here are our favorite NBA player prop picks for Friday.
Duren offers tons of upside as a scorer and rebounder, which is why this combo market is an enticing play. He averages 14.0 points and 11.8 rebounds for the season and 15.1 points and 11.9 rebounds in January, putting him in a great spot to get over even just by playing at his usual level.
Duren scored 42 points and collected 48 rebounds (an average of 28.7 combined) over his last three games and went over this total in 15 of his last 20 games. The Los Angeles Clippers are decent on the boards and with their interior defense but aren’t amazing at either, which gives Duren a fighting chance.
Booker kept the pedal to the metal even after Bradley Beal returned to the lineup and continues to lead the Phoenix Suns in scoring and shot attempts. He averaged 30 points per game during January and beat this line in six of 11 games, most notably scoring 62 against the Indiana Pacers.
The Atlanta Hawks are one of the worst defensive teams in the league (27th in points allowed per 100 possessions) and will find it hard to match everything that Phoenix has to offer on offense. Trae Young can score with the best of them, so there’s a chance Booker is even further incentivized to score if he’s pushed by Atlanta’s star PG.
This is a great time to fade the hot hand. Kuminga has been awesome recently, averaging 25.1 points and recording six overs in his last seven games, but the Memphis Grizzlies have also refound their defensive identity and finished January allowing the fourth-fewest points per 100 possessions of any team.
Kuminga does the majority of his damage inside the three-point line, which means he’ll have to contend with reigning Defensive Player of the Year Jaren Jackson Jr. among others. That combined with both teams ranking in the bottom-half in average pace should lead to Kuminga’s hot streak taking a hit on Friday.
Sabonis just produced one of the best months in modern basketball history, averaging 20.8 points, 14.5 rebounds, and 9.0 assists on 66.5% shooting. He averaged 21.5 rebounds over his last two games and beat this line in four of eight as he now prepared to visit his old stomping grounds.
The Indiana Pacers are 23rd in rebound rate and have not taken any noticeable steps forward since Pascal Siakam arrived. They were also outrebounded 60-44 by a short-handed New York Knicks team last night and are now on the second night of a back-to-back.
The Joker has not played since Monday and is questionable with a back issue. However, he went over this line in four of six and had an ultra-efficient January, scoring 26.6 points per game on 66.5/46.2/80.8 shooting splits.
Awaiting the Denver Nuggets on Friday is the Portland Trail Blazers, who are 24th in defensive rating in 2024. Nobody can really defend Jokic, but Deandre Ayton is firmly on the list of players who cannot and shows little passion or desire to make it difficult for his matchups on most nights. If he plays, expect him to announce his return with a bang.
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