NBA Odds For Friday: Betting Lines For Nuggets at Celtics, Timberwolves at Bulls, More

Written By Staff on February 11, 2022
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We’re set for a relatively serene Friday night in terms of number of games, as there are only seven contests on tap. Then again, a breather might be in order after an extremely frenetic trade deadline week that finished with quite the flourish Thursday. Some of those new faces in new places could debut Friday night.

NBA odds for Friday, February 11

Here are the today’s pro basketball odds with pro basketball point spreads, moneylines and totals.

Player props for tonight

Nuggets C Nikola Jokic

When the Nuggets face a tough defensive team, Nikola Jokic tends to ramp up his scoring. This is especially true against teams with elite 3-point defenses that allow a high percentage of their points inside the arc. Boston fits that mold, as does Brooklyn and Dallas, teams that The Joker has respectively averaged 26.5 PPG and 31 PPG against over his last two meetings. He dropped 30 points and 43 points on combined 66% FG shooting over his last two trips to Boston and is averaging 26 PPG over 20 outings since the start of 2022. Jokic is getting good value with a scoring prop of 24.5 points and he should top 37.5 points and rebounds in a potential slugfest.

Spurs G Dejounte Murray

The Spurs were already Dejounte Murray’s team, and now he should take on an even bigger role with Derrick White shipped to Boston. Murray’s scoring rises from 18.7 PPG to 26.4 PPG and his usage rate jumps from 26% to 32% in five games without White this season. He’s averaging 22.5 PPG with a 28.6% usage rate over his last 14 appearances and tends to average more PPG (20.7) with a higher usage rate in non-conference games this season. Tonight he’ll face Trae Young and a Hawks team that coughs up the most APG (9.39) to opposing PGs and the 10th-most PPG (111.7) overall in home games. Murray’s best prop is to top 21.5 points, with slightly worse odds for him to top 31.5 points and assists.

What to watch for today

Hornets look to capitalize on favorable matchup to snap skid: The Hornets have fallen on some hard times they can’t quite seem to shake, as they enter Friday’s contest against the Pistons having lost six straight to fall back to .500 at 28-28. Charlotte has faced an unforgiving schedule during that stretch that’s included matchups against the Celtics, Cavaliers, Heat, Raptors and Bulls, so they get a major break on paper Friday. Detroit is just 12-43, including 8-19 at home, and already lost a 140-111 decision to the Hornets this season.

76ers host Thunder in potential Harden debut: There will be no shortage of attention on Wells Fargo Center on Friday night if Harden remains in play to make his 76ers debut. The perennial All-Star could potentially either slide into Seth Curry’s old shooting guard spot or swap backcourt roles with current point guard Tyrese Maxey, but in either scenario, Philadelphia clearly has gotten a major infusion of offense with The Beard’s arrival. The Thunder, Harden’s original team, are ironically the opponent on tap Friday night for Philly as it tries to leave a current 1-3 funk in the dust.

Nuggets visit fortified Celtics squad: The Nuggets, which have won seven of their last 10, will pay a visit to another team that took the opportunity to add some notable pieces at the trade deadline in the Celtics. Boston was able to bring Derrick White onboard from the Spurs while also welcoming back Daniel Theis into the fold. Both could be ready to suit up in Friday night’s interconference clash as Boston looks to extend a stellar stretch of play that’s seen Ime Udoka’s crew win eight of 10 — including six straight – and the last two by 68 combined points.

Bulls aim to inch closer to top of East: The Bulls have been far from their best lately, but they’ve managed to do enough to remain within striking distance of the top spot in the Eastern Conference they once held. Chicago enters Friday night’s action 1.5 games behind the pace-setting Heat, and a tough interconference matchup versus the Timberwolves gives Billy Donovan’s squad a chance to make up some ground on idle Miami. However, Minnesota arrives with some momentum after having won five of its last six.

Back on rise, Jazz on quest for fifth straight: The Jazz were recently mired in a similarly difficult stretch of play recent when they lost 11 of 13, but the pendulum has swung back the other way for Utah. Quinn Snyder’s squad has now won five straight, most recently handing the Warriors a 26-point defeat. On paper, Donovan Mitchell and company should have little trouble extending the winning streak Friday, considering the 13-43 Orlando Magic are in town and check in as 12.5-point underdogs, while Utah could get Rudy Gobert (calf) back from his eight-game absence.

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