O'Sullivan's Friday NBA Picks: Cavalier vs Pacers, Nuggets vs Celtics, Marcus Smart and Jayson Tatum prop bets

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O'Sullivan's Friday NBA Picks: Cavalier vs Pacers, Nuggets vs Celtics, Marcus Smart and Jayson Tatum prop bets

Cleveland Cavaliers at Indiana Pacers, 7 pm Eastern, Denver Nuggets at Boston Celtics, 7:30 pm.

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Seattle O’Sullivan 2021-2022 NBA Season so far: 145-170-5, -$395.37

(Standing Caveat: The universe is chaotic. Life is unpredictable. Things happen. Like injuries. And COVID protocols. In following Seattle O’Sullivan’s betting advice, be advised that you should always monitor your bets during the day to make certain unforeseen things have not occurred which might change your wagering opinion. Thank you.)

Cleveland Cavaliers at Indiana Pacers, 7 pm Eastern

The Pick: Cleveland -7.5 (-110), bet $22 to win $20; Cleveland -315, bet $23.44 to win $7.50

Indiana just picked up a young rising star in Tyrese Halliburton from Sacramento, but they gave up two-time All-Star Domantas Sabonis to get him, and it’s generally acknowledged in an effort to blow it up and rebuild. In this effort, the Pacers also traded Caris LeVert to Cleveland, a team that’s not trying to blow it up. The Cavaliers are ahead of schedule, in fact - they think they can make noise this season. So tonight’s a game between two teams with two different missions. Cleveland is 33-19-3 against the spread this season (16-10-2 on the road), because they’re playing hard every night. They’ve won three in a row, while Indiana has lost four in a row. Those trends continue tonight.

Denver Nuggets at Boston Celtics, 7:30 pm Eastern

The Pick: Boston -5.5 (-108), bet $25 to win $21.75; Boston -220, bet $25 to win $10.50

The Celtics have won six in a row, and return home tonight where they’re 18-10. They’re 8-1 as a favorite in their last ten games. Denver kicks off a back-to-back in Boston before going to Toronto tomorrow. The Nuggets are 13-16 against the spread on the road. I think Boston is putting it together at the right time, with a renewed focus that wasn’t there when the season kicked off. Celtic guard Marcus Smart has picked up his intangible leadership of the team, averaging 5.4 assists per game and allowing Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown to concentrate on scoring. I think they’re eager to keep the momentum going.

Player Props: Marcus Smart over 5.5 assists +106, bet $10 to win $10.60; parlay Marcus Smart over 5.5 assists w/Jayson Tatum 25+ points +174, bet $7.50 to win $13.08

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