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NBA expert handicapper Dan Canova is back with his picks for Friday's NBA action

PICK OF THE DAY: (2u) Heat +1.5 @ -110

Miami Heat @ New Orleans Pelicans, 8:00 PM:

  •  Since the 2012-13 NBA season, the Miami Heat have a 11-4 against the spread record against the New Orleans Pelicans. (Stats courtesy of Statschecker)__.

The reason we’re backing the Heat

The Miami Heat will head into New Orleans to take on the Pelicans riding a four-game winning streak on Friday night.

In their last game against the Orlando Magic on Wednesday, Duncan Robinson finished with 27 points, which included nine threes, and the Heat hit a franchise-record 22 three-pointers in an impressive 116-113 win.

Goran Dragic added 25 points with eight three-pointers to go along with nine assists.

The Heat are second in the entire NBA in three-point percentage, averaging 38.5% per game.

Back on Nov. 16, the Heat came away with a 109-94 victory over the Pelicans in Miami and now they will try to do the same in New Orleans.

Miami getting 1.5 points in this game is the pick here. Roll with the Heat.

(1u) Magic -2 @ -110

Orlando Magic @ Minnesota Timberwolves, 8:00 PM:

  •  The Orlando Magic have an 8-3 against the spread record against the Minnesota Timberwolves since the 2014-15 NBA season.

The reason we’re backing the Magic

The Magic will look to put an end to a three-game losing streak on Friday night when they travel to Minnesota to take on the Timberwolves.

In their last matchup against Miami, Nikola Vucevic had 22 points, 16 rebounds and seven assists and Terrence Ross added 35 points off the bench in a losing effort.

Back on Feb. 28 in Orlando, the Magic came away with a win over the Timberwolves.

Ross had 33 points and Aaron Gordon contributed 17 points, 11 rebounds and 12 assists for his first-career triple-double in a 136-125 victory.

Look for the Magic to duplicate this performance when they square off with the Timberwolves for a second time.

Roll with Orlando minus the 2 points in this matchup.

(1u) Bucks -1 @ -110

Milwaukee Bucks @ Los Angeles Lakers 10:30 PM:

  •  Since the 2016-17 NBA season, the Milwaukee Bucks have a 5-2 against the spread record in night games against the Los Angeles Lakers.

The reason we’re backing the Bucks

Could this be a potential NBA Finals preview? It is certainly possible.

The Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Lakers squared off already this year back on Dec. 19 and it was the Bucks who came away with the win on their home court.

Giannis Antetokounmpo finished with 34 points, 11 rebounds, seven assists and one block and Khris Middleton contributed 15 points, six rebounds and two assists for the Bucks in a 111-104 win.

Anthony Davis finished with 36 points, 10 rebounds and five assists with three blocks for the Lakers and LeBron James had a triple-double performance, with 21 points, 12 boards and 11 assists.

The Lakers are looking for revenge, but it’s the Bucks who will once again come out alive with a win.

Los Angeles are winners of nine of its last 10 and Milwaukee has won seven of eight games.

It’s a battle of heavyweights and I’m rolling with the road Bucks here.

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