The NCAA Tournament is in full swing, but don’t forget about the NBA! There are 12 NBA games on tap for Friday, including a marquee matchup between the Bulls and Suns. The Suns have been the clear top team in basketball this season, while the Bulls own the fifth-best record in the East. They have fallen a bit behind in the standings of late, but they could put themselves back on the map with a big road win against the Suns. Let’s dive into some NBA betting tips tonight and how to find the best NBA picks and parlays for March 18.
Same Game NBA Picks and Parlay: Bulls vs. Suns
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Now, if you miss one of the odds highlighted in the article because it changed, do not worry. The lines do not always stay the same as they are updated every two minutes. There will be examples of when you can still wager based on the Awesemo projections. It is also easy to sort the props by what style you want to bet them, meaning that you can choose the highest ROI or the highest expected win rate.
Generally, the best approach is a mix of the highest ROI and expected win rate, and this process should take under 30 seconds to filter what you are looking for. The highlighted wagers in the article can also be bet individually, so if the parlay misses by one leg, it is not a total loss.
Alex Caruso Over 2.5 Rebounds and Over 2.5 Assists
Caruso is still getting reacclimated to the Bulls’ rotation. He missed 22 straight games with an injury and has averaged just 27.3 minutes since returning to the lineup. His numbers over that time frame have been pedestrian – 2.3 assists and 1.7 rebounds per game – but he should continue to earn more playing time moving forward.
With a few additional minutes, Caruso has the potential to fly past these numbers. He has averaged 3.6 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game as a member of the Bulls and has done so in just 27.6 minutes per game. The Suns are a tough matchup, but this is an awesome time to buy-low on Caruso.
Devin Booker Over 5.5 Assists
Booker’s assist prop continues to be set criminally low with Chris Paul out of the lineup. He has increased his assist rate by +7.6% in eight games without his star teammate, resulting in an average of 7.6 assists per game. He had just four assists in his last outing, but that was a comfortable victory over a weak Rockets squad. He handed out at least seven assists in each of his previous five contests, and he should be able to do it again playing the Bulls.
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Nikola Vucevic Under 18.5 Points
Vucevic is an excellent player, but he has served as the Bulls’ clear No. 3 option with the team at full strength. That makes sense – DeMar DeRozan and Zach LaVine are two of the most efficient high-volume scorers in the league – which limits Vucevic’s upside on a nightly basis. He has posted a usage rate of just 21.7% while sharing the court with both players this season, resulting in an average of 17.0 points per 36 minutes.
Vucevic will also face a tough test against the Suns and Deandre Ayton. The Suns rank second in the league in defensive efficiency, and Ayton is one of the best defensive centers in basketball.
Cameron Payne Over 15.5 Points
Like Booker’s assist prop, Payne’s scoring prop is simply too low with Paul sidelined. He has posted the second-high usage rate in games without Paul this season, trailing only Booker’s mark of 30.3%. He has also played plenty of minutes in competitive contests.
The only reason his scoring prop is so low is due to the Suns’ recent blowouts. They have limited Payne’s playing time, which has obviously impacted his scoring. He should return to his usual workload if Friday’s game is more competitive, and Payne scored at least 17 points in four of his first six games without Paul.
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