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NBA props expert John Hyslop is back with his second top player prop pick for Friday night's NBA action.

NBA Player Prop Picks for Friday: Going for Max Assists

The first thing many people are going to say is, "Are you crazy?" Short answer, yes. At the end of the day, we're all a little messed up. Especially us gamblers. But that's not the point. In this game we play, we have to have a short memory. We have to forget about what happened the other night and focus on the here and now. We can't do anything about the travesty that happened to Tyrese Maxey the last time he played. All we can do is bet that it won't happen again.

Tyrese Maxey Over 4.5 Assists (+114)

Lines available at FanDuel at time of publishing.

FanDuel beat out DraftKings by a nose on this one in terms of price. I'll always take 4.5 at +114 over the 4.5 at +110 DraftKings offers. Obviously, this is playable at both spots since we're not talking about a gigantic difference here. As usual, we are still waiting on BetMGM to post, but they go so deep we can allow the tardiness. At the end of the day, they will have a ton of props, so they are always worth a look later in the day.

I saw a bumper sticker that said, "Tough times never last, but tough people do." That could only mean one thing, so I pulled over and immediately opened FanDuel and bet Tyrese Maxey over 4.5 assists. I got lucky to see that bumper sticker, and I know it. But the important part is that I saw it, and now we're all going to get paid.

Last game against the Boston Celtics, Maxey had a tough night in the assist column. He was dishing out dimes, and guys were just missing shots. I felt terrible for him. The kid had eight potential assists and only ended with one actual assist. It took his teammates until the fourth quarter to finally help him out by scoring off one of his dimes. Disgusting.

I doubt that happens tonight, though. Not against the Atlanta Hawks. Maxey actually looks like a point guard now, which comes at a great time because no team in the NBA allows more assists per game to the point guard than Atlanta. We're talking 10 per game. We only need five people! So I think he gets it easily.

* If you want to YOLO this one, FanDuel has Maxey 6+ assists for +220. You're pretty much James Bond if you hit that.

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John has spent the past 20+ years betting sports on a daily basis and is considered by many to be a walking sports betting encyclopedia. From obscure player props to sides and totals, if there is an angle, John will find it. His work has appeared on Rotogrinders and he has been a regular on sports talk radio stations across the country. Based in the US, John operates a blog & podcast, Sports Bets Beers, which covers betting angles in the NFL, NBA, MLB, & NHL.


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