Friday NBA Card Rundown - Top ATS Spots

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Troy Haliburton

Friday, December 8, 2017 5:24 PM UTC

Friday, Dec. 8, 2017 5:24 PM UTC

It is time for another slate of NBA games this Friday and SBR's expert capper has pulled three top plays that will bring profit to your wallet. Read on for valuable NBA Picks.

Kings vs Pelicans

DeMarcus Cousins is allowed to be the leader of the Pelicans while Anthony Davis is recovering from yet another injury that will have him sidelined for an extended period of time. Truthfully, Davis and Cousins play better when the other is off the court because of the fact that there is simply more space on the basketball court to operate. New Orleans has also greatly appreciated the addition of Rajon Rondo who plays the point guard and allows Jrue Holiday to play off the ball. Look for Rondo and Boogie Cousins both to have a high revenge factor going up against their former team.

The Kings are coming into this game with the league’s second worst offense, scoring only 93.1 points per game on just 42.7% from the field. Look for the Pelicans to get back on the winning track against the Kings, who beat New Orleans in two of their meetings last year. New Orleans will get the win, but I do not foresee them covering that 7.5 point spread. The Kings are a professional basketball team, and those players have pride. Whether or not they have enough talent to win in this league is debateable, but if they give maximum effort, they should be able to keep the margin of victory within single digits.

Free NBA Pick: Kings +7.5Best Line Offered: at Heritage

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Celtics vs Spurs

The Spurs are getting hot, having won eight of their last 10 games and are finally figuring out how to win by focusing on LaMarcus Aldridge as the go-to scorer. Aldridge is getting back to the player that he was in Portland by dominating defenders in the mid-range and even getting comfortable with a three point shot.

The Celtics have figured out a way to have a balanced attack by featuring more of rookie Jayson Tatum. Tatum is averaging 16. 2 points per game and 6.3 rebounds while shooting over 50% from the field and 50% from 3-point range. The thing that makes Tatum such a versatile threat offensively is his ability to take smaller defenders in the post and to be able to stretch the defense out with his sharpshooting skills. If it were not for Ben Simmons being in this year’s rookie class pool, Tatum would be in the discussion for Rookie of the Year.

The Spurs will have a tough time trying to defend Tatum as they have not had their all-world defender Kawhi Leonard lace up his sneakers in a regular season game yet, and it does not appear he will be ready to play on Monday night.

Look for the Spurs to continue their winning streak against the Celtics, as they have the required depth to stretch an already thin Celtics roster even thinner.

Free NBA Pick: Spurs -1Best Line Offered: at Heritage

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Warriors vs Pistons

Golden State is realizing that they will be just fine with Steph Curry out for the next two weeks with that sprained ankle because they have their other MVP Kevin Durant waiting in the wings. Durant scored a season high 35 points in the Warriors win over the Hornets on Wednesday. The Warriors are also looking to a player on a two-way contract in Quinn Cook to lead them at the starting point guard position while Curry is out.

For Detroit, the key to victory will be to figure out a way for their bench to continue dominating teams. The Pistons bench is lead by Ish Smith, who at times has played as well as the starter, Reggie Jackson. When the Pistons upset the Warriors back in October, their bench outscored Golden State’s 31-19 which was a huge catalyst as to why the Detroit won 115-107.

To combat the Detroit bench, the Warriors will need a big game from Nick Young who flourished with 15 points in the win over Charlotte on Wednesday. Young has the ability to stretch the floor in certain lineups for the Warriors and supplement some of the production missed by Steph Curry being out. Look for Durant to lead the Warriors to a big revenge win on ESPN tonight.

Free NBA Pick: Warriors -4.5Best Line Offered: at Heritage

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