HOME COURT ADVANTAGE
The Los Angeles Lakers are 5.5-point road favorites as they take on a Miami Heat team who are 11-0 (9-2 ATS) at home this season. The Lakers will be without Kyle Kuzma, but have Rajon Rondo, Avery Bradley and Anthony Davis all probable for Friday's matchup.
Miami has used quick starts to build that perfect 11-0 record at home, averaging the highest first half points per game on their home court at 62.4. They are shooting the ball over 50 percent from the floor and just over 41 percent from beyond the arc at AmericanAirlines Arena. Expect Miami's first half success to continue and bet Over their first half team total of 53.5.
NO MAGIC TOUCH
The Orlando Magic have really struggled shooting the ball lately, averaging the second lowest field goal percentage of any team over their most recent three game stretch at 39.6 percent and only scoring 93.7 points per game. Today, they host a Rockets squad second in points per game averaging 120.2.
Although Orlando have been solid at home all year defensively, their offense has really struggled to keep up. Take Houston on the spread laying 6-points.
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MORE OF THE SAME
The Indiana Pacers have won nine of the last 10 head-to-head matchups versus the Hawks, including six straight. Neither team has been particularly efficient early on in games with Indiana averaging 54.4 first half points per game, and Atlanta at just 52.5 on their home court. The last time these two teams met up at the end of November, the score at halftime was 54-43 in favor of the Hawks and both teams shot below 43 percent for the game. Expect similar numbers today and bet Under the first half game total of 114.5.
ORCHESTRATING THE OFFENSE
The New Orleans Pelicans hope to snap their 10-game losing streak as they travel to Philadelphia to take on the 76ers who are fresh off a road victory last night versus the Celtics.
The Pelicans have been one of the worst teams defending opposing point guards allowing 27.2 points on 48.4 percent shooting, 6.8 rebounds and 9.5 assists. For his career, Simmons averages one of the highest points per game versus the Pels averaging 18.3 points, 8.5 boards and 6.8 assists per game. Bet Over his points, rebounds, assists total of 30.5.