NBA Player Props to Add Value to Friday's Betting Ticket

Matthew Jordan

Friday, April 3, 2015 4:33 PM UTC

Friday, Apr. 3, 2015 4:33 PM UTC

Could Oklahoma City star and MVP candidate Russell Westbrook put up another triple-double Friday in a big game at Memphis? The Grizzlies are one of the NBA's best defensive teams. Here are some player prop recommendations from Friday's matchups.

Thunder vs. Grizzlies Props:
Westbrook 'Over/Under' 47.5 Points + Rebounds + Assists

Enes Kanter O/U 16.5 Points Or 10 Rebounds

Marc Gasol O/U 24.5 Points + Rebounds

Zach Randolph O/U 16.5 Points Or 10 Rebounds

This game is pretty important for both as Oklahoma City's lead for the final playoff spot in the Western  Conference is down to just 1.5 games over New Orleans, and the Pelicans have a very winnable matchup in Sacramento on Friday. The Grizzlies are a half game behind Houston for the Southwest Division lead and the No. 2 seed in the West. The key injury here is to Randolph, the Grizzlies' double-double machine at power forward. He suffered a minor elbow injury in the Grizzlies' 14-point win over the Kings on Monday and was considered questionable, but word came down Friday early afternoon that Randolph would play. If it was a game that meant nothing I'm sure he wouldn't. Westbrook had his NBA-high 10th triple-double in Wednesday's shootout loss to Dallas with 31 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists. There are two ways of the thinking on him for this game. The first is that Memphis is good enough on defense to pack the paint and make someone other than Westbrook beat them. The other is that Westbrook  may shoot 40 times because there's really  no one else to score, at least from the perimeter. Westbrook is averaging 19.0 points, 7.5 rebounds and 7.0 assists in two games vs. the Grizzlies. Kanter is playing fabulous, averaging 20.0 points and 12.4 rebounds over his past five. He hasn't faced the Grizzlies since joining the Thunder. Gasol has averaged 10.3 points and 8.7 rebounds vs. the Thunder this season and Randolph 17.7 points and 12.0 rebounds. They won't have to worry about Serge Ibaka this time around and Kanter isn't a great defender.

NBA Free Picks: 'Under' on Westbrook and Kanter rebounds. 'Over' on Kanter points, Gasol and both for Randolph (the injury is to his non-shooting elbow).

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Pelicans vs. Kings Props:
Anthony Davis 'Over/Under' 35.5 Points + Rebounds

Tyreke Evans O/U 18 Points

DeMarcus Cousins O/U 40.5 Points + Rebounds

As noted above, New Orleans could get within a half game of Oklahoma City for the  No. 8 seed with a win and Thunder loss, and NBA odds makers do project both. The Pelicans then play at Portland on Saturday with chance to potentially tie the Thunder. The Pelicans have won three straight and Davis has averaged 24.0 points and 8.3 rebounds in that stretch. In three games vs. the Kings, he averages 22.0 points and 9.0 rebounds. Evans is averaging 15.7 points during the winning streak and 21.7 this season against the Kings. Cousins, a former Kentucky star like Davis, had one of the best games of his career in a 102-88 loss at New Orleans on March 27 with 39 points and 20 rebounds. As good as Davis is, Cousins might be better in the paint because he has more bulk. Cousins just doesn't have the range Davis does. On the season, Cousins averages 28.3 points and 16.3 rebounds vs. the Pelicans.

NBA Free Picks: 'Under' on Davis, 'over' on Evans and Cousins. I think Cousins gets fired up facing Davis (perhaps a little UK jealousy?) and Cousins will get more shot attempts than usual with Rudy Gay out.

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Bucks vs. Celtics Props:
Giannis Antetokounmpo 'Over/Under' 23 Points + Rebounds

Michael Carter-Williams O/U 13 Points

Evan Turner O/U 20.5 Points + Rebounds

Avery Bradley O/U 13 Points

This doesn't mean a ton for Milwaukee, as it seems almost locked into the No. 6 seed in the East. It means everything for Boston as it is tied with Miami for the No. 8 seed but loses the tiebreaker for now. The C's got shocking news earlier Friday when it was learned forward Jared Sullinger would play. He was expected to miss the rest of the season with a metatarsal stress fracture. He will certainly be limited for a while but that's a boost to Boston's playoff hopes. I eat crow when necessary, and Antetokounmpo bit me on Wednesday against Chicago as I had him 'over' 20.5 points + rebounds and he finished with 11 points and seven rebounds. He only played 28  minutes, though, and I can't figure out why. Otherwise he blasts past that mark. MCW was the best player on the floor in that Bulls upset with 21 points and 10 rebounds. He's averaging only 13.3 points with the Bucks. Turner has become a mini-Westbrook with two triple-double in the past six games. The C's don't really count on Bradley to score that often as he's a plus-plus defender, but Bradley did have a 30-point game against Charlotte on Monday. The Celtics and Bucks have played once, a 96-93 Milwaukee home won in Feb. 7. Bradley had 10 points and Turner seven points and seven rebounds. The "Greek Freak" had 14 points and 11 rebounds, while MCW was still with Philly then.

NBA Free Picks: 'Over' on Antetokounmpo and Turner, 'under' on MCW and Bradley for your NBA picks.

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