We are already into the second half of the NBA season, but there are still plenty of betting opportunities. ESPN has a doubleheader Friday with the Clippers visiting the 76ers followed by the Mavericks hosting the Knicks. Our analysts — Doug Kezirian (19-10), Joe Fortenbaugh (9-8), Andre Snellings (32-21-1), Tyler Fulghum (22-19) and Anita Marks (5-3) — are here to give their best bets from Friday’s 11-game slate.
Odds courtesy of Caesars Sportsbook by William Hill unless noted otherwise.
Indiana Pacers at Utah Jazz (-9.5, 235)
Snellings: Upon first glance, this line looks really high. After all, the Jazz have the fourth-best defensive rating in the NBA built around perennial DPoY candidate Rudy Gobert. The Pacers do play quickly, with the sixth-fastest pace in the league, and the Jazz have the third best offensive rating. And both teams have been scoring of late, with the Pacers averaging 117.5 PPG in their last 10 games and the Jazz averaging 116.8 PPG in theirs. So, this line isn’t out of the realm of possibility.
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