The Wolf’s best bet and $5.50 multi saluted on Thursday, and with six NBA games on Friday there’s plenty of chances to fill-up heading into the weekend.
Philadelphia’s Ben Simmons has been putting together some big offensive games of late and I think he gets a nice look at Luka and the Mavs. Here are The Wolf’s Friday NBA tips.
After the Pelicans beat the Bucks the last time they played on January 30th, this nationally televised game where Zion and Giannis go head-to-head looms as a bit of a redemption game for Milwaukee.
In New Orleans’ win last time they played they made a total of 21 triples, with Eric Bledsoe and Lonzo Ball knocking down seven each. Although Lonzo is still shooting the ball reasonably well he’s yet to replicate this effort, while Eric Bledsoe averages only 1.7 triples per game since.
A key factor in Friday’s clash is New Orleans playing off no rest. The Pelicans are 1-3 this season in back-to-backs and will play their fifth game off no rest in the last four weeks.
Their first game off no rest was after the big win against the Bucks – they lost to Houston by 14 points. Their next game off no rest was a 9-point win over the Grizzlies on their home floor but it was a battle, trailing entering the final quarter. They would then lose to the Bulls by 13 points in their next game off no rest, and then in their most recent back-to-back, they lost to Portland by 2 points on their home floor.
This game is in Milwaukee and the Bucks are back after a rare 5-game losing streak, winning their last three games by an average of 18 points – all in double-digits.
Despite the Pelicans shooting the lights out last time, the Bucks still nearly pinched it only going down by five points with Giannis finishing with 38 points. Expect another big game from the Greek Freak leading Milwaukee to a big win over a tired New Orleans.
Ben Simmons was selected as an All Star for the third time, and after a slow start to the season the Australian has picked up his offensive output of late.
Dropping 42 points against perhaps the best defensive team in the NBA in the Jazz, Simmons has posted 20+ points in three of his last five games including 28 points in their loss to Toronto from only 11 field goal attempts.
Perhaps he’s gone under the radar of late, but Simmons averages 19 points per game from his last 14 games – and even if you remove the 42-point performance he’s still averaging 17.3 per game.
He gets a real nice look against Dallas in this – over the last month, the Mavericks are the second easiest team for point guards to score against, 11% above average.
They’re also the fourth most difficult team for centres to score against, and since pouring 50 on the Bulls Joel Embiid did struggle a bit against the Raptors (the sixth most difficult team for centres) going 9/33 from the field in the last two games.
If the Mavericks can do a defensive job on Joel Embiid, expect Simmons to push the tempo and attack Luka in the open court with the Australian a big chance to continue posting some nice offensive numbers.
Bucks (-8.5) / Ben Simmons 15+ Points / Paul George 20+ Points / Nuggets Win / Nets Win = $4.76
NBA Same Game Multi Tips
Ben Simmons Over 16.5 Points / Luka Doncic 30+ Points / Joel Embiid 10+ Rebounds = $4.00
Julius Randle 20+ Points / Buddy Hield Under 17.5 Points / Harrison Barnes Under 14.5 Points = $4.75
Nets (-7.5) / James Harden 25+ Points / Nikola Vucevic Under 13.5 Rebounds = $4.33
Paul George 25+ Points / Kawhi Leonard 25+ Points / Nicolas Batum Under 7.5 Points = $5.50
Nuggets Win / Nikola Jokic 8+ Assists / Russell Westbrook 10+ Assists = $4.20
Bucks (-8.5) / Giannis Antetokounmpo 30+ Points / Zion Williamson 25+ Points / Lonzo Ball 10+ Points = $5.50