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Our Basketball tipster is back with a handful of selections for this evening’s NBA games

Saturday evening could be a historic night in the NBA – as Lebron James is nine points away from becoming the first person to surpass the 40,000-career point mark in the competition.

However, there is a set of Friday night games first – as our Basketball expert has dived into the markets ready for this evening’s matchup.

He has selected a few picks ahead of tonight’s action, focusing on the likes of the Phliadelphia 76ers and the New Orleans Pelicans.

Here are the best bets for Friday’s NBA games.

PUNTING ON PHILLY

Despite their recent struggles, the 76ers are clear favorites to dismantle the Hornets this evening at the Wells Fargo Center.

Philadelphia have lost four of their last five games, with their only win coming against Cleveland last weekend.

However, they should be able to get the better of the Hornets – who have been poor for the majority of the season and are without star player LaMelo Ball.

The spread of 11.5 points looks to be a fair target for the 76ers, and they should be able to surpass that mark here.

Tyrese Maxey has been carrying the franchise on his shoulders as of late, delivering in games when he is needed the most.

The 2024 All-Star has surpassed 30+ points in three of his last six games, and he could thrive against a weak Hornets side this evening.

Take Philly to cover the spread here, along with Maxey to score 30 or more points.

TIP: Philadelphia 76ers -11.5 (-110, FanDuel)
TIP:  Tyrese Maxey 30+ Points (+175, FanDuel)

PICKING THE PELICANS

A quick-fire rematch lies in wait for New Orleans, as they will want to beat Indiana following their defeat to them on Wednesday night.

The Pelicans’ poor start in the first quarter is effectively the reason they lost that game, as they cut down a 16-point deficit to nine over the final three quarters.

Jonas Valanciunas’ lack of game time last time out may have been a costly mistake, so it would not be a surprise to see him get on the court more in this matchup.

New Orleans should get back to winning ways here, so the spread as five-point favourites looks to be the play.

TIP: New Orleans Pelicans -5 (-112, FanDuel)

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