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NBA EXTRAVAGANZA

December 25, 2022

The NBA quintuple-header is upon us and here is a cheat code for props:

  • PR = Points + Rebounds
  • PRA = Pts + Reb + Assists

Now let’s get to it.

76ers (-2) @ Knicks (12 p.m. ET)

  • SAFE PLAY: Under 215.5 (-110). Six of the last eight meetings between these East Coast foes have saluted The ‘U.’
  • BIG ‘n’ BOLD: 3-Leg SGP (+600). Julius Randle ⬇️ 33.5 PR (-115), James Harden ⬆️ 36.5 PRA (-115), Joel Embiid ⬆️ 30.5 Pts (-115): Randle hasn’t hit this number in three straight vs. Philly; Harden went off (29-10-16) in his last game at MSG; Embiid is the biggest, baddest man on the hardwood.

Lakers (+7.5) @ Mavericks (2:30 p.m. ET)

  • SAFE PLAY: Mavs Team Total Over 114.5 (-250). The Lakers minus A.D. in the middle aren’t much better on ‘D’ than the Washington Generals.
  • BIG ‘n’ BOLD: 3-Leg SGP: (+700). Austin Reaves ⬇️ 10.5 points (-105), Luka Doncic ⬆️ 50.5 PRA (-120), Doncic 40+ Pts (+240). Reaves often struggles against Dallas, and Luka went ballistic against L.A. in the last meeting (31-13-15).

Bucks (+5) @ Celtics (5 p.m. ET)

  • SAFE PLAY: Brook Lopez 6+ Reb (-135). Lopez has been such a beast 💪 around the boards, he’s the +150 favorite for Defensive Player of the Year.
  • BIG ‘n’ BOLD: Jayson Tatum to score 40+ points (+400). We love Tatum’s 3-point stroke and the simplicity of this 40/400 offering.

Grizzlies (-6.5) @ Warriors (8 p.m. ET)

  • SAFE PLAY: Over 231 (-110). Golden State has a bottom-5 defense 🥴 but a propensity to score with or without Steph Curry.
  • BIG ‘n’ BOLD: Kevon Looney 12+ Rebounds (+375). The Warriors’ unsung hero happily does the dirty work.

Suns (+3) @ Nuggets (10:30 p.m. ET)

  • SAFE PLAY: Nuggets ML (-160). Denver is so strong at home (11-3), we’ll cast aside concerns over Phoenix rising 🔥 – i.e. Devin Booker’s return from a groin injury.
  • BIG ‘n’ BOLD: Jamal Murray 25+ Pts (+240) Phoenix has struggled lately against SGs, allowing averages of 25-7-6 over the last seven games.