Adam Ronis' NBA player prop picks for Friday, December 17: Holiday season

Bucks point guard Jrue Holiday
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Adam Ronis

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Hey there, my name is Adam Ronis and I'll be contributing to the NBA betting coverage here at Pickswise. I have been in the Fantasy Sports industry for more than a decade and have been providing betting picks over at Fantasy Alarm for the last two seasons. The NBA is a lot of fun and I'll be here to guide you with winning picks.

There are 8 games in the NBA Friday night. Five games have a line of 4 points or fewer. Three games have a total of at least 226 points. As always, stay up to date on the latest injury news since lines can change and COVID-19 is making a big impact. Bets may be added throughout the day if there are additional spots that arise, so be sure to check back later in the day. My record is 32-19 for the season. Here are my picks for tonight.

Norman Powell Over 19.5 points (-125 on DraftKings)

Powell has seen his scoring increase with C.J. McCollum out. He has scored at least 23 points in 4 of the last 5 games and played 44, 43, 39, 39 and 40 minutes. He has taken 24, 23, 11, 17 and 18 shots from the field. The Hornets are third in pace and last in defensive efficiency and Portland is 29th in defensive efficiency. The game total is 230 points.

Jrue Holiday Over 26.5 points+ assists (-113 on FanDuel)

Holiday will see more usage with Giannis Antetokounmpo out and Bobby Portis is out, too. Holiday gets a great matchup against the Pelicans, who rank 27th in defensive efficiency. Holiday has scored at least 20 points in 4 of the last 6 games and has at least 7 assists in 8 of the last 10 games. Holiday had 26 points and 14 assists on Wednesday against the Pacers. Holiday has gone over this total in 4 of the last 6 games.

Jaren Jackson Jr. Over 17.5 points (-106 on FanDuel)

The risk with Jackson is foul trouble. He had 4 fouls in the last game against Portland and was limited to 9 points in 24 minutes. In the prior 3 games, he had 22, 25 and 26 points. In the last 10 games, Jackson is averaging 19.8 points. The matchup is great and the Kings are extremely thin up front. The Kings are 26th in defensive efficiency and allow the most points in the paint per game (52.8 points). The Kings are tied for first in pace.

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