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Expert handicapper Dan Canova gives us his picks for Friday's NBA action

PICK OF THE DAY: (2u) Suns +7.5 @ -105

Phoenix Suns @ Toronto Raptors, 7:30 PM:

  •  The Toronto Raptors have an 0-8 against the spread record in night games against the Phoenix Suns since the 2015-16 NBA season. Stat courtesy of Statschecker.

The reason we’re backing the Suns

The Phoenix Suns will look to maintain their winning ways when they visit the Toronto Raptors on Friday night. It will be the Suns’ first game since the All-Star break.

In their last outing on Wednesday night, the Suns hosted the Golden State Warriors and came away victorious. Devin Booker finished with 27 points, eight assists, five rebounds and two steals for Phoenix in a 112-106 win. Kelly Oubre Jr. added 15 points and six boards.

The Suns will have their work cut out when they travel to Toronto. Phoenix has lost six of its last eight matchups, and the Raptors have won 15 of their last 16 games, which included a franchise record 15-game winning streak.

The Raptors won both games against the Suns last season, and they have won four in a row total.

Not saying the Suns win this, but Phoenix plus the 7.5 points is the pick here.

(1u) Knicks +5.5 @ -110

Indiana Pacers @ New York Knicks, 7:30 PM:

  •  Since the 2011-12 NBA season, the Indiana Pacers have a 2-9 against the spread record at Madison Square Garden after a win. Stat courtesy of Statschecker.

The reason we’re backing the Knicks

The New York Knicks will look to put an end to a two-game losing streak when they host the Indiana Pacers on Friday night. In their last game before the All-Star break against the Washington Wizards, Julius Randle led the Knicks with 21 points and 13 rebounds, but Bradley Beal had a game-high 30 points for Washington in a 114-96 victory.

When the Knicks and Pacers squared off back on Dec. 7, it was Randle who missed a free throw with less than one second left in the game, and the Pacers escaped with a 104-103 win over New York.

I think the Knicks will once again be competitive in this matchup, and I’m loving the 5.5 points in their favor. Roll with New York here.

(1u) Nuggets +1 @ -105

Denver Nuggets @ Oklahoma City Thunder, 8:00 PM:

  •  The Oklahoma City Thunder have a 5-12 against the spread record against the Denver Nuggets since the 2015-16 NBA season. Stat courtesy of Statschecker.

The reason we’re backing the Nuggets

The Denver Nuggets were on a three-game winning streak before the Los Angeles Lakers put an end to it just before the All-Star break.

Jamal Murray finished with 32 points and 10 assists, and Nikola Jokic added 22 points, 11 boards, six assists and three steals for the Nuggets, but it wasn’t enough in a 120-116 losing effort to the Lakers.

Anthony Davis led Los Angeles with 33 points and 10 rebounds, and LeBron James put together a triple-double performance with 32 points, 14 assists and 12 rebounds in the win.

The Nuggets will have their hands full when they travel to Oklahoma City on Friday night, but Denver will be ready to play, and the Nuggets should ultimately bounce back.

Take the Nuggets plus the 1 point here.

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