Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum
Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum (3) passes the ball as Miami Heat forward P.J. Tucker (17) and guard Kyle Guy (5) defend during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022, in Miami. The Heat won 104-92. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

SGG PICKS OF THE DAY, JAN. 21

Nathan Hursh

Thunder at Hornets over 223.5 (FD -112)
I’m just going to keep riding this bet until it fails me. Last week, when the Hornets played the Magic, the over 223.5 barely hit (224 total points were scored), but it hit, nonetheless. I sound like a broken record here, but Charlotte scores a ton of points while also giving up a ton of points. Oklahoma City does not score much but I like the chances of Charlotte allowing and scoring enough points to cover the over.

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Joel Embiid over 10.5 rebounds (FD +100)
After scoring 50 points in his last game against the Magic, Embiid has to be feeling great about himself heading into tonight’s game against the Clippers. Tonight, he needs 11 rebounds to hit this over. He’s reached that amount in three of his last four games. On the season, he is averaging just under 11 rebounds per game. As far as team stats go, the Clippers are 25th in basketball in rebounds per game. Embiid is hot in all facets of his game right now. Against a team that doesn’t particularly rebound well, one of the NBA’s elite board gatherers will be able to eat tonight.

CJ McCollum over 2.5 threes (FD +104)
McCollum has looked solid in his two games back since returning from injury. In his first game back, McCollum hit a respectable two threes. In his second game, he piled in four. Tonight, against the Celtics, we need him to make three threes. One thing I always look at for recently returning injured players is their minutes played. McCollum seems to have picked up right where he left off playing 28 and 33 minutes respectively. Before his injury, McCollum averaged a tick over three made threes per game. Tonight, with plus odds, taking him to hit three seems safe in my opinion.

Bonus Same Game Parlay
Giannis 25+ points (-390)
Giannis 8+ rebounds (-900)
Giannis 4+ assists (-590)
Khris Middleton 2+ threes (-280)
Demar DeRozen 25+ points (-184)
Bucks -5.5 (-240)

Total Parlay: +419 (FD)

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