Friday night is yet another action-packed one in the Association, as a total of 18 teams will take the floor. There are a trio of contests between teams with winning records, and five squads on the second game of back-to-back sets. Oddsmakers are predicting a competitive ledger, as only two games carry a line higher than 7.5 points.
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Celtics G Jaylen Brown
The Celtics are 9-point favorites in Detroit tonight with the Pistons on a B2B set and Boston sporting the best net rating in basketball during an 11-4 stretch. So, the C’s should be able to get whatever they want against this young team, and they clearly want to feed Jaylen Brown so that he can earn a spot on the Eastern Conference All-Star team as an injury replacement. Brown is averaging 26 PPG and 6.2 RPG over his last five road games and averaged 27.7 PPG on 62% FG shooting over three meetings with Detroit last season. The Pistons are coughing up 115 PPG in B2B situations this year and yielding the second-most RPG (55.7) overall. Brown can top 24.5 points with a high usage rate as his teammates look to boost his stock, and he’s been boarding up, so consider his prop of 31.5 combined points and rebounds.
Nets G James Harden
Brooklyn hit rock bottom with a sixth straight loss at Sacramento on Wednesday and James Harden posted a season-low 4 points in the 112-101 loss. We fully expect The Beard to bounce back at Utah with the Jazz missing perennial Defensive Player of the Year candidate Rudy Gobert (calf). This game has a 230-point implied total and Donovan Mitchell is returning to help Utah keep pace in a shootout. Harden is averaging 10.6 APG on the road and his usage rate has jumped from 27.3% to 32.8% with Kevin Durant (MCL) out of the lineup this season. He’s averaging 32 PPG and 11.4 APG over his last three appearances after scoring fewer than 20 points, and has dropped 68 points over his last two trips to Utah. We love Harden to top 33.5 combined points and assists in a bounce-back effort.
What to watch for today
Cavaliers’ defense gets stiff test against Hornets: One of the primary keys to the Cavaliers’ success this season has been stout defense, with Cleveland allowing a co-NBA-low 102.5 points per contest. However, J.B. Bickerstaff’s squad should have a tough challenge on its hands in a visit to Spectrum Center on Friday night, as the host Hornets are putting up an NBA-high 114.3 points per game. Charlotte also put up 123 points in the first of two prior meetings with the Cavs this season and is 14-8 straight up on its home floor this season.
Celtics angle for fourth consecutive win, continued dominance: The Celtics have suddenly found their groove after plenty of ups and downs over the first two months-plus of the season, winning 10 of their last 14 games and notching seven double-digit victories along the way. Boston’s chances of keeping their strong stretch going would appear to be high Friday, as they visit the 12-37 Pistons, who could be without Cade Cunningham (hip) to boot. Detroit did trip up Cleveland two games ago and has eight of its wins on its Little Caesars Arena home floor, but they’ve also lost eight of the last 10.
Raps and Hawks clash after impressive victories: The Raptors have been on an encouraging surge over the last week-plus, winning five of their last six games to get to a season-best four games over .500. Toronto’s latest success, a 127-120 overtime win over the top-seeded Bulls on Thursday, was certainly noteworthy. However, the same applies to their Friday visitors, as the Hawks notched their eighth win in the last nine games by knocking off the Western Conference’s top squad in the Suns by nine points Thursday as well. Friday’s matchup should therefore be a particularly intriguing one, especially with both teams potentially a bit fatigued physically and mentally following their big successes 24 hours prior.
Nets aim to stop skid at six against similarly struggling Jazz: It is becoming incontrovertibly evident that Kevin Durant is the most indispensable component of the Nets’ Big Three. Brooklyn heads into a Friday night visit to the Jazz having lost six straight games, all which Durant has missed with his knee sprain and Brooklyn is 2-7 overall during his current absence. Steven Nash’s squad is 5-10 overall without KD this season, and given their 112-101 loss to the lowly Kings their last time out, their chances appear dim against a Jazz squad that just snapped an ugly 2-11 skid with a 108-104 win over the Nuggets on Wednesday.
Mavericks try to prevent third straight loss in visit from Sixers: The Mavericks have now lost back-to-back games for the first time since Dec. 23 and Christmas Day, meaning they’ll be on a quest to avoid their first three-game skid since early December on Friday night against the visiting 76ers. Dallas is 18-11 straight up since that brief slump, but the 76ers should present a stiff challenge. Philadelphia is 17-9 straight up on the road and just narrowly missed extending a winning streak to six games their last time out against the Wizards. The Mavs will have to face them without Kristaps Porzingis (knee) in the frontcourt.