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Best Underdog NBA Picks for Friday, November 17

Matthew Brown
Written by Matthew Brown
November 17, 2023
Best Underdog NBA Picks for Friday, November 17

As we move into Thanksgiving week, keep saying “thanks” and bet the over for superstars Giannis Antetokounmpo and Domantas Sabonis against positive matchups. However, it might be time to bet the under when guards head into Boston.

Expect Scottie Barnes to struggle in tonight’s matchup of Eastern Conference foes. Check out our best Underdog NBA picks for Friday, November 17.

F Giannis Antetokounmpo (MIL) OVER 46.5 PTS+REB+AST

With Charlotte allowing a 4th-worst 122 PPG, young big men Nick Richards and Mark Williams are in for a long night against the Greak Freak. Over his last three games, Giannis has blown past this over in each affair, including his 54-point night against Indiana last week.

Facing this Charlotte defense with seemingly no answers to stopping the opponents’ number one option, Antetokounmpo should have another MVP-like performance.

F Deni Avdija (WAS) OVER 1.5 BLK+STL (1.25x)

Our Underdog boosted bet of the night is Deni Avdija to secure 2 or more blocks and steals. Deni has hit this mark five times in 11 games played this season as the Wizards continue to struggle with their newly formed starting five.

The good news for Avdija comes in the form of trust. Deni is averaging the most minutes, FGA, 3PT%, and stocks thus far while becoming a consistent contributor to this struggling squad.

G Scottie Barnes (TOR) UNDER 26.5 PTS+REB

With Boston allowing just 106 points per game to opponents, the Raptors could be in for a long night. Scottie Barnes couldn’t find success against this team on Nov. 11th, scoring just 10 points in a massive loss to the C’s.

With Jrue Holiday and Derrick White making up for one of the best defensive backcourts in the league, expect Barnes to struggle once again in the most difficult matchup for any opposing guard in the NBA.

G De’Anthony Melton (PHI) OVER 21.5 PTS+REB+AST

One rising star in the league that doesn’t get enough love is De’Anthony Melton. A career bench player until parts of last season, Melton is averaging the most MPG, PPG, and APG in his career.

The 6ers combo guard alongside Maxey has hit this mark in two straight games, while finding his confidence on the offensive end, hitting 11/12 free throws and 9/12 three pointers in his previous two affairs.

F Domantas Sabonis (SAC) OVER 18.5 PTS

Domantas Sabonis rounds out of Friday Underdog slate with an over you cannot pass up on. The Spurs allow a league-worst 124.1 PPG and with Sabonis hitting this over in three of the last four games as the Kings start to get back on track, expect tonight to be no different as San Antonio struggles defending at the rim.

While Domantas is a nice triple-double candidate as well (15 over the past two seasons), bet one of the best big men in the game to get the better of Wemby and company.

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