More or Less NBA Fantasy Picks for Friday



Happy Friday, you MKFers! There’s nine games on the NBA slate featuring some up and coming superstars taking to the hardwood.

The Celtics battle the Atlanta Hawks in an Eastern Conference matchup; Zach Lavine and the Bulls welcome the 76ers into the Windy City!  Chicago has won two straight games; The Pelicans square off with the Suns in a tilt between two of the most exciting teams in the league. 

🏀 HAWKS @ CELTICS 

Trae Young MORE THAN 26.5 POINTS

The Celtics will have their handful with the Hawks superstar guard. Trae Young dropped 40 points in his last game against the Celtics and he tallied four three pointers. He’s averaging 26.5 points and has scored more than 26 or more points in 14 contests this season. Young’s season high for three balls this season is eight. 

Jaylen Brown LESS THAN 26.5 POINTS

Jaylen Brown hasn’t surpassed the 26.5 point benchmark in two of the last three games. He tallied 22 points in his last matchup against the Hawks and was 6 of 20 from the field. Brown hasn’t scored 26.5 points in 15 games this season. He is producing a career 15.1 points per game against the Hawks. 

🏀 BULLS @ 76ERS

Zach Lavine MORE 28.5 POINTS 

The Bulls guard has been awesome the past two games and has tallied at least 30 points in those contests. He has knocked down at least four three balls in as many games and that includes a tilt where he cashed 9 three-pointers. Lavine has dropped 45 and 46 points this year, so the 25-year-old star could go off against a Sixers team that is allowing 111.7 points per game. 

Joel Embiid MORE THAN 28.5 POINTS 

Joel Embiid has been playing at an MVP level this year and he’s averaging 29.7 buckets this season. He has dropped at least 30 points in his last three games and  is shooting 85.1% from the charity stripe. Embiid has recorded four three pointers and 27 free throws in his last three games. The Bulls allow the fifth most points in the league at 115.4 points per game.

🏀 SUNS @ PELICANS 

Devin Booker LESS THAN 5.5 ASSISTS

The Suns guard is averaging 4.4 helpers a game and has tallied less than 5.5 assists in fifteen matchups. Booker is producing a career 4.9 dimes against the Pelicans. He has been held to zero assists in two games this year and he’ll be more of a scorer against the Pelicans than a distributor. 

Zion Williamson MORE THAN 7.5 REBOUNDS

The Duke product is recording 6.8 boards a game and has been a monster on the glass.  He has grabbed more seven or more rebounds in 14 games this season and his season for boards is 14. The Pelicans are grabbing 54.7 rebounds a contest and that is third best in the NBA. This prime time matchup will bring out the best in Zion Williamson. 

*The contests listed in this article are subject to change at anytime leading up to tip-off of each respective game*


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Jordan Tomiyama

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