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Los Angeles Lakers guard Russell Westbrook (0) drives to the basket while guarded by Charlotte Hornets forward P.J. Washington (25) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Friday, Jan. 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Jacob Kupferman)

PICKS OF THE DAY FEBRUARY 25

Nathan Hursh

James Harden o9.5 Assists (-124 FD)
As most of us are well aware, James Harden will be making his highly anticipated debut for the Philadelphia 76ers tonight. I think Harden will be dishing the rock heavily in this game. On the season, Harden is averaging 10.2 assists per game. Over his final five games with the Nets, when he wasn’t trying hard, Harden still racked up at least 10 dimes in each game. Last season, when he was traded to Brooklyn, Harden made it a point to get his teammates involved upon his arrival. In Harden’s first 12 games as a Net, he recorded at least 10 assists in 11 of them. With the Sixers, I expect Harden to do the same. In my opinion, 10 assists is a lock. If you are feeling frisky, taking his 12+ assists at +210 wouldn’t be a bad bet either. 

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76ers -2.5 (-110 FD)
Continuing the Sixers trend, I expect them to win rather easily tonight. On paper, they are miles ahead of Minnesota. Joel Embiid loves to pick on Karl-Anthony Towns. Harden, as mentioned earlier, will keep the rock moving. The honeymoon phase of this trade will get off to a nice start with the Sixers winning on the road. 

Russell Westbrook o32.5 Pts+Reb+Ast (-115 FD)
This may seem crazy. Westbrook has been awful all season. That said, he is still averaging 18.3 points, 7.8 rebounds, and 7.5 assists on the season. Add those totals up and you get just over 31. Westbrook has heated up after the All-Star break for the past few years now. Tonight, he will begin that trend again with a solid outing against the crosstown rival. 

Bonus Same Game Parlay
Jimmy Butler 20+ points (-140)
Jimmy Butler 6+ assists (-130)
Duncan Robinson 3+ threes (-158)

Total Parlay: +379 (FD)

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