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I love Fridays. While ya'll are out there enjoying the nightlife and sipping $11 drinks, I'm indulging in a 10-game NBA slate and taking Trae Young under 28.5 points, only to watch him score 46 by halftime.
Let's get to Friday's player props.
Beal has attempted at least 24 shots from the floor and at least eight 3-pointers in each of his last eight outings. How's that for volume?
He's a strong play no matter how you slice it, but with the Wizards-Hawks game total set at 247 and Atlanta allowing the eighth-most points in the league to shooting guards, this should be fun to root for.
This is an absurd number for a player who's combined for more than 31 points, rebounds, and assists just once in his last five games, with the lone over coming against the defense-optional Timberwolves. The Heat have been solid against point guards, allowing bottom-five marks in points, assists, and 3-point makes per contest to the position. Though it's only a one-game sample, Holiday posted only 14 points, four dimes, and two boards against Miami in the prior meeting this season.
I don't often love Fultz - there are far better options on the Magic - but I can get behind this number for Friday's game against the Timberwolves, who allow the most points in the league to point guards. Fultz should see plenty of D'Angelo Russell, who's posted a dreadful 114.6 defensive rating this season. Though he hasn't exploded on the stat sheet during the team's recent offensive surge, Fultz should break out tonight.
I'll play the matchup game here too with Paul, who should be guarded by RJ Barrett on most possessions. Although the Knicks rookie has been solid offensively, he leaves a lot to be desired at the other end with a 114 defensive rating. Paul's taken at least 12 shots from the floor in eight of his last 11 and has a chance to shatter this number.
Saric has been getting some extra playing time with Kelly Oubre out of the lineup, and if you're giving me this low of a number against the Trail Blazers, I'll take it. Portland has allowed the most points in the NBA to power forwards, making this a pretty automatic bet.
Lopez is set for a tough night against a Lakers defense that allows the sixth-fewest points, the fourth-fewest rebounds, and the second-fewest assists per game to centers. And given the way L.A. stretches Anthony Davis out to the perimeter on offense, I think you'll see Lopez grab fewer rebounds than usual. In the prior meeting against the Lakers, Lopez scored roughly half his points from the free-throw line and didn't connect on any of his four attempts from beyond the arc.
Alex Kolodziej is a betting writer for theScore. He's a graduate of Eastern Illinois who has been involved in the sports betting industry for 12 years. He can quote every line from "Rounders" and appreciates franchises that regularly wear alternate jerseys. Find him on Twitter @AJKolodziej.