PICK N' ROLL: Jayson Tatum, Celtics vs Hornets

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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

Jaylen Brown, Nikola Vucevic, Julius Randle, Jayson Tatum, C.J. McCollum or Damian Lillard

This could be the toughest question of the entire predictor slate as all six ofn these players have a good chance to lead the league in scoring tonight. I am going to roll with Jayson Tatum as Jaylen Brown put up a monster night against the Thunder Tuesday night. Tatum will likely step up and lead the Celtics in scoring, allowing Brown to slightly recover from his large workload the night before.

My Pick: Jayson Tatum

#2 MOST REBOUNDS BY A PLAYER

Clint Capela, Joel Embiid, Nikola Vucevic, Robert Williams, Enes Kanter or Jonas Valanciunas

This one is easy for me. Anytime you can get Clint Capela, take him. Kanter and Valanciunas play each other, as do Capela and Embiid, so a play on Vucevic or Williams is probably smart. However, I cannot pass up on the league's leading rebounder.

My Pick: Clint Capela

#3 76ERS POINTS VS. HAWKS

0-103, 104-108, 109-111, 112-117, 118-123, 124-131, 132+

The 76ers welcomed Ben Simmons and Tobias Harris back and scored 121 points on the Thunder. The Hawks surely should not allow the 76ers to score that high, but a 112-117 finish or less for Philly seems reasonable. The 76ers have averaged less than 110 points per game in the last five and 10-game splits. I think this one will be close, so I say they score just enough to surpass 110 points.

My Pick: 112-117 Points for the 76ers

#4 BULLS TOTAL POINTS VS. KNICKS

0-100, 101-105, 106-113, 114-118, 119-123, 124-128, 129+

Chicago is averaging 106 points per game in the last 10 and without Zach LaVine, I am prepared to go Under 100 points here for the Bulls. Both teams can play at slow paces and lack effective three-point shooting with consistency leaving me to love the chances this game finishes Under in general.

My Pick: 0-100 Points for the Bulls

#5 TOTAL 3-POINTERS IN HORNETS VS. CELTICS

0-19, 20-21, 22-24, 25-26, 27-28, 29-33, 34+

This game has all the makings of a three-point shooting contest. In the loss just two games ago, Boston made 14 three-pointers against Charlotte and the Hornets knocked down 21 themselves. This game should have similar fireworks and with Kemba Walker and Jayson Tatum coming back from rest, expect similar numbers from deep.

My Pick: 29-33 Total 3-Pointers

#6 TRAILBLAZERS TOTAL ASSISTS VS. GRIZZLIES

0-15, 16-17, 18-19, 20-22, 23-24, 25-26, 27+

In the four games back with Lillard, the Blazers average 24.0 assists per game compared to 22.9 in the previous 10. The Grizzlies allow over 26 assists per game in the previous five and in the two meetings last week, Memphis and Portland combined for 258 and 233 total points, plus Portland has 28 and 21 assists. I will take the median here and roll with 25-26 over 23-24.

My Pick: 25-26 Total Assists

#7 HAWKS VS 76ERS: WINNER AND MARGIN OF VICTORY

Hawks or 76ers? 1-2, 3, 4, 5-6, 7-8, 9-10, 11+

The 76ers are getting back to being healthy, while the Hawks are without Trae Young and Kevin Huerter for the time being. As great as Atlanta's role players have been, Philly should be too much to handle, starting with its big three of Simmons, Harris and Embiid.

My Pick: 76ers win by 11+

#8 HORNETS VS CELTICS: WINNER AND MARGIN OF VICTORY

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

The Celtics were smashed by the Hornets 125-104 on Sunday and a little revenge is in order for Boston. I don't think this is quite the blowout the previous meeting was, but I do think Walker has another stellar game and Tatum comes to play, off some much-needed rest. I will take a role reversal and take the Celtics by double-digits.

My Pick: Celtics win by 11+