NEW 'Pick n' Roll' NBA Game with $50K Jackpot

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To help you out, here are the eight questions for Wednesday's NBA games along with my breakdown and picks.

#1 MOST POINTS BY A PLAYER

Bradley Beal, Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Zion Williamson, James Harden or Kyrie Irving

With Kevin Durant returning and Harden sidelined, I am out on Irving. Beal has missed quite some time and if he does suit up and play well, there is a chance he could be rusty or monitored. The best bet for me is Williamson who is coming off 34 points against the Hawks. If he has no minute restrictions, expect another 25-30 point game. If he will have restrictions or Brandon Ingram returns, back Tatum or Brown.

My Pick: Zion Williamson

#2 MOST REBOUNDS BY A PLAYER

Karl-Anthony Towns, Domantas Sabonis, Russell Westbrook, Julius Randle, Steven Adams or DeAndre Jordan

This is an interesting bunch, but the first four stand out among this group. I prefer Westbrook who has been on a tear grabbing 11 or more rebounds in 10 of the last 11 games. There is no fading him right now, but Sabonis who just received a game off, plus Towns and Randle, who have been phenomenal on the boards this season are all appealing. This is a tough one, but one of those four players will lead this group.

My Pick: Russell Westbrook

#3 CELTICS POINTS VS. KNICKS

0-100, 101-109, 110-112, 113-118, 119-124 or 125+

The Celtics have struggled to score as of late and the Knicks provide a good opportunity for another low-scoring effort. I will say the Celtics keep this competitive, but the Knicks defense keep the Celtics bench in check. Boston has scored 75 points in the loss to New York earlier this season, while the Knicks scored 105. I will go with 101-109 points for Boston as they eclipse the 100-point mark this time.

My Pick: 101-109

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#4 WIZARDS ASSISTS VS. MAGIC

0-19, 20-22, 23-24, 25-26, 27-28, or 29+

The Wizards are averaging the second-fewest assists per game over the last three at 19.3, but the Magic present a good opportunity to earn more. Orlando allows the seventh-most assists per game on the season (25.7) and the fourth-most over the last three games (29.0). I will bet the Wizards get more than 20 and Westbrook is responsible for at least 10 of those.

My Pick: 25-26

#5 NETS 3-POINTERS VS. PELICANS

0-9, 10-12, 13-14, 15-16, 17-18 or 19+

The Pelicans are allowing around 33 three-pointers over the last three and five games to opponents, making for a quality matchup in favor of the Nets. Brooklyn is making 12.8 three-pointers over the last five games, but with the return of Kevin Durant, you can expect a few more triples to rain down. The Pelicans also played last night, so fatigue could be a factor for the defense.

My Pick: 15-16 Made 3s

#6 TOTAL POINTS IN PELICANS VS. NETS

0-218, 219-228, 229-237, 238-246, 247-252, or 253+

Like I stated previously, the Pelicans could be fatigued headed into this matchup and with the return of Durant for the Nets, there should be plenty of offense. The Over/Under is 232.0 and I think that is a pretty sharp number for the type of game we will see. The Pelicans allow 114.7 points per game in the second of nine back-to-backs this season. I will back a 120-114 type of game.

My Pick: 229-237

#7 WIZARDS VS. MAGIC: WINNER AND MARGIN OF VICTORY

Wizards or Magic? 1-2, 3, 4, 5-6, 7-8, 9-10, 11+

With Bradley Beal hopeful to return, I will take the Wizards to get the victory over the Magic. The spread is -3.5 in favor of Washington and if Beal is in, this line will grow a few points. The Magic lost the last two games by 10 and 46 points, so I will take a stab on a double-digit win for Washington.

My Pick: Wizards Win by 11+ Points

#8 KNICKS VS. CELTICS: WINNER AND MARGIN OF VICTORY

Knicks or Celtics? 1-2, 3, 4, 5-6, 7-8, 9-10, 11+

The Celtics have been playing some ugly basketball lately and outside of the starting five, Boston seems to be in trouble. The Knicks have grinded their way way to victories all season and I think they can get another one here. Boston is -3 on the spread here, but I will back the Knicks to get the win by three.

My Pick: Knicks Win by 3 Points

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