Handicappers have a very busy NBA schedule to peruse on Friday. We have analyzed the games and have you covered with some of the top player prop recommendations from the night's action.
Clippers vs. 76ers Props:
Chris Paul 'Over/Under' 30 Points + Assists
DeAndre Jordan O/U 26.5 Points + Rebounds
Blake Griffin O/U 22.5 Points
On Wednesday's props story, I covered similar wagers on Paul, Jordan and Griffin for the Clippers' game in New York against the putrid Knicks. My reasoning then for going 'under' on all three guys (which worked) was that Los Angeles probably was going to jump out to a huge lead and Coach Doc Rivers would yank his three stars early to save wear-and-tear. So what happened? The Clippers rolled 111-80. Paul played only 28 minutes and had 11 points and 16 assists. Jordan played 28 and had 14 points and 10 rebounds. Griffin played 27 and had only 14 points. The 76ers are better than the Knicks but not by much. We could be seeing something very similar here the way the Clippers are playing right now. Plus Rivers will want his guys fresh for Sunday's matchup at Boston, a game you know Rivers wants to win against his former franchise.
NBA Free Picks: 'Under' all.
Cavaliers vs. Nets Props:
LeBron James 'Over/Under' 25.5 Points
Kyrie Irving O/U 21 Points
Kevin Love O/U 25.5 Points + Rebounds
Could this be a bit of a letdown game for Cleveland? For one, it's the end of a three-game road trip and that's when teams tend to let up a bit. Secondly, the Cavs come off a very impressive 111-89 victory in Memphis on Wednesday in a potential NBA Finals preview. Might be hard to get as excited for a trip to Brooklyn, a team the Cavaliers are 3-0 against this season and just blew out 117-92 in Cleveland on March 18. James hasn't topped 22 points in three games vs. the Nets this season. Irving is averaging just 11.7 in those three. Love is averaging 11.8 points and 7.8 rebounds.
NBA Free Picks: 'Under' James and Irving but 'over' Love, who is coming off a great game in Memphis and might actually have some confidence for once this season.
Trail Blazers vs. Suns Props:
LaMarcus Aldridge 'Over/Under' 32 Points + Rebounds
Damian Lillard O/U 22 Points
Eric Bledsoe O/U 19 Points
Before deciding on your NBA Picks here understand that this is a must-win game for Phoenix, which enters the night three games behind Oklahoma City for the West's final playoff spot. The Suns might have to run the table -- 10 games left including this one -- to get in. They have won seven straight at home in this series. Bledsoe didn't practice on Thursday due to illness, but he also was bothered by that on Wednesday and played through it in a crushing 108-99 home loss to Sacramento. Bledsoe finished with 19 points. In two games against Portland this season, Bledsoe is averaging 25.0 points. The Suns might get back fellow starting guard Brandon Knight for this game. He has missed seven straight with an ankle injury but nearly played Wednesday. Portland is a below-.500 road team but did win 92-89 at Utah on Wednesday to end a five-game skid. Aldridge returned from missing a game with a finger injury and had 19 points and nine rebounds. Is he 100 percent? Lillard had 23 points. Aldridge has faced the Suns once this season and had 19 points and 13 rebounds. Lillard is averaging 17.5 points in two games vs. Phoenix.
NBA Free Picks: 'Over' on Lillard and Bledsoe, 'under' on Aldridge.
'Over/Under' 14.5 Points As Largest Lead In Warriors vs. Grizzlies
The game of the night in the NBA between the two best teams in the West. Even though Golden State has little to play for at this point, Coach Steve Kerr is expected to play all his starters. A win would be No. 59 for the Warriors, tying the franchise record. They also might want payback for a 105-98 loss in Memphis on Dec. 16, which ended the Warriors' team-record 16-game winning streak. The Grizzlies likely will be much better than they were Wednesday when Memphis was crushed 111-89 at home by Cleveland. Memphis is the only team in the NBA that Golden State hasn't beaten this season.
NBA Free Pick: 'Under' at even NBA odds money.