Free NBA Total Picks: A Pair Of Hidden Gems On Friday’s Card

Ross Benjamin

Friday, March 4, 2016 6:13 PM GMT

Our handicapper shares his top two NBA picks on Friday’s card. Go inside to give yourself a sizable advantage when betting these games. Join us inside to start winning big.

Portland Trailblazers vs. Toronto Raptors 7:05 PM ET
Portland is coming off a 116-93 loss at Boston on Wednesday. The Trailblazers have gone 13-4 over the total in their last seventeen, following a game in which they scored less than 100 points. Those contests averaged a combined 211.6 points scored per game. Despite that low scoring output in Boston, Portland is averaging 110.8 points scored per game over its previous ten contests. They’ve also converted on a stellar 39.6% of its three point attempts during their last five outings.

Toronto is averaging 107.1 points scored per game during its last eleven at home. During those contests, the Raptors have made an impressive 40.4% of their three point shots. Their defensive play during the last five games has left a lot to be desired, allowing opponents to shoot 48.4%, and permitting them to make 44.7% from three-point territory.

The NBA odds clearly provides with a best number for this wager.

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NBA Pick: Over 209.5
Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes

 

New York Knicks vs. Boston Celtics 7:35 PM ET
New York has seen each of their previous three games stay under the total, and there was only a combined average of 190.3 points scored per contest. As a matter of fact, the Knicks have scored 85 and 81 points respectively in their last two games while shooting a terrible 37.1%. They’ve gone 2-1 under the total versus Boston this season, and shot 37.8% or less during two of those three outings.

Boston has also gone under the total in their last three games. Those games averaged a combined 198.0 points scored per contest, and they stayed under the number by a cumulative 41.0 points. The Celtics are a high volume shooting team which averages a lofty 90 field goal attempts per game. As a result, they’ve been able to average 106.1 points scored per outing, despite shooting just 44.0%, and converting on only 33.3% of its three point attempts. You can certainly make a case that Boston’s scoring output is deceiving, and is predicated more by the fast pace in which they play, rather than efficiency. Speaking of deception, the Celtics are a much better defensive team than their given credit for. Boston has limited their TD Garden opponents this season to a paltry 42.6% shooting, and that includes just 31.0% from beyond the three point line.

Boston home games this season have averaged a combined 178 field goal attempts per contest. During their three meetings with New York thus far, those contests averaged just 171 per outing. Relative to the current total, I like this game to be a low scoring affair. One of my Friday NBA picks will concur with that prediction.

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NBA Pick: Under 210
Best Line Offered: at Bookmaker