NBA Staff Picks For Friday, Dec. 17

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Dan Karpuc: LaMelo Ball & Damian Lillard To Combine For 6+ 3s (+170)

Tonight, these two point guards will square off and three-balls will be raining. Ball has made an average of 2.9 threes on 7.5 attempts per game while Lillard has averaged 3.0 made threes on 9.7 attempts per contest so far this year; that’s 5.9 made on 17.2 attempts combined. The Blazers have allowed opposing teams to shoot 38% from three (the worst mark in the NBA) while the Hornets have allowed opposing teams to shoot 37.2% from deep on the road (5th-worst in NBA). Both of these sharpshooters have the ability to go over this mark by themselves, so I love that DraftKings boosted these odds from +150 to +170.

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Brad Pinkerton: Grizzlies-Kings Under 224.5

This is a ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ value bet, according to BetQL, which projects a total of just 219 between the Grizzlies and Kings tonight. Memphis is 4-8 O/U on the road this season and the under has hit in each of the Grizzlies' last four road games. Meanwhile, the Kings are just 4-10 O/U at home, including a 2-5 O/U mark as the home 'dog, as they are +5 tonight.

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Lucy Burdge: Lakers +3 at Timberwolves

This is a ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ value bet, according to BetQL. The Lakers have covered the spread in three of their last five games and I think they’ll do it again tonight against the Timberwolves. Plus, they’re averaging 111.7 points scored per game and the Timberwolves are averaging 108, which I think is enough of a difference for the Lakers to cover the spread here.

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