NBA Daily Tip Sheet – Best Bets for Friday, November 18

Check out our best bets, predictions and odds for NBA matchups on Friday, November 18. 

NBA Best Bets for Friday, November 18

Note: Odds and lines mentioned are accurate as of 9:00 AM ET on Nov. 18. For the most up-to-date odds and lines, please see widgets with operators listed.

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Phoenix Suns -2 vs. UTA

While the Jazz have been a major surprise this season, they come into this one losers of three in a row, both straight up and against the spread.

During that span, Lauri Markkanen and Jordan Clarkson have been held in check. Keep in mind that one of those losses came against the Knicks, which owns one of the worst defensive ratings in the league at 112.9.

The Suns, meanwhile, own the third-best DRTG at 108.9. Oh, yeah, and they have Devin Booker, who has been very good this season. What's more, the Suns are 6-1 ATS in their last seven games against a team with a SU winning record, and they're 4-0 ATS in their last four in Salt Lake City.

That seems pretty good.

Celtics vs. Pelicans Over 228.5 Points

So, the thought process behind this one is simple: the Celtics are really good on offense.

Seriously, though, the Celtics lead the league with a 119.2 offensive rating largely due to their duo of Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown (you may have heard of them). Tatum had a rough go of it in his last outing against the Hawks, but a player of his caliber should bounce back in a big way.

As of this writing, Malcolm Brogdon is probable with right hamstring tightness, and Marcus Smart is questionable with right ankle inflammation. However, Derrick White filled in admirably on Wednesday and kept the offense going with 16 points and 10 assists.

On the Pelicans' side, you have another top-tier offense (sixth in ORTG) thanks to Zion Williamson, Brandon Ingram, and CJ McCollum. Naturally, Williamson is questionable with a right foot contusion, but McCollum has picked up the slack, and Trey Murphy III has really turned heads in his stead.

By the way, the over is 6-2-1 in Boston's last nine games, and the over is 6-1 in the Pelicans' last seven home games against a team with a winning road record.

Jalen Suggs (ORL) Over 13.5 Points vs. CHI

You're probably thinking Orlando Magic props ain't it, but hold on just a second.

Paolo Banchero is listed as out once again with a left ankle sprain. And in the four games the rookie sensation has missed, Suggs has averaged 13.3 points, including a 23-point outburst against the Timberwolves on Wednesday.

Doesn't sound too crazy, right?

Good luck with your bets!

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