Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart
Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart (36) during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2022, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

SGG Picks of the Day, Feb. 4

Nathan Hursh

Lamelo Ball over 35.5 Pts+Reb+Ast (-111 FD)
If I’m Lamelo Ball, I’m flat-out furious that I wasn’t selected for the All-Star Game. And for that, I would want to ball out to show the league what a mistake they made. Tonight against the Cavs, that is what I expect. In his last game against Boston, Lamelo arguably had his best game as a pro scoring a career-high 38 points while adding nine dimes and six boards. Tonight, he only needs a combination of 36 of those stats for the over. In his last ten games, he’s averaging 22.4 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 7.9 assists. I personally may sprinkle on a higher Pts+Reb+Ast alternate total but for the sake of this pick, we can stick to the over 35.5.

Marcus Smart over 1.5 threes (+102 FD)
To be quite honest, I have no clue why the odds are so juicy on this bet. Since the start of the new year, Smart is shooting just over 40 percent from three. In those 11 games, he has cashed in at least two threes in nine of them. There is not much else to say. The Pistons don’t play defense. Smart will get ample opportunities to have open looks. He just needs to hit the shots. Lately, he has been. Tonight, he will.

Joel Embiid over 48.5 Pts+Reb+Ast (-104 FD)
On the surface, 48.5 is an extremely large total for points, rebounds, and assists. For Joel Embiid though, it isn’t. The big man has been channeling his inner Wilt Chamberlain as of late. Over his past 10 games, Embiid is averaging 35.9 points, 11.8 rebounds, and 4.6 assists. Those numbers easily clear the threshold of the 49 Pts+Reb+Ast needed. Tonight, Embiid and the Sixers take on Luka and the Mavericks on ESPN. This will be a fun game with fun stars who want to show out. Embiid will hold up his end of the bargain. 

Bonus Same Game Parlay:
Jayson Tatum 30+ points (+172)
Jayson Tatum 8+ rebounds (-132)

Total: (+311 FD)

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