Welcome to ‘Lock of the Day’, where I’ll be representing The Athletes Hub with the latest trends in sports betting. Be sure to check in daily for which bets are considered locks:
Jaren Jackson Jr: OVER 23.5 Points + Rebounds vs Sacramento Kings
Jaren Jackson Jr has a positive matchup scheduled against the Sacramento Kings, who currently rank 26th in defensive efficiency, yet place at the fastest pace in the NBA. The risk is foul trouble, as Jackson has compiled three or more fouls in three of the last four contests. In the last ten games, however, he has averaged close to 20 points per contest. Sacramento has COVID-19 concerns, making them thin through their lineup and coaching staff on Friday night.
Damian Lillard: OVER 24.5 Points vs Charlotte Hornets
The Portland Trail Blazers have become desperate when it comes to volume scoring with the continued absence of CJ McCollum (lungs). Lillard is averaging a career-low 22 points per game, reaching the 24.5 mark on just nine occasions in his last 23 contests. However, a matchup against the Charlotte Hornets makes for a great bounce-back opportunity. The Hornets are last in defensive efficiency and allow a league-high 116.4 points per game. Both teams play above the league-average in pace, which means extra possessions. It won’t be pretty, but Lillard should eclipse the 24.5 mark on Friday night.
Hunter Henry: OVER 25.5 Receiving Yards vs Indianapolis Colts
In a Saturday night matchup against the Indianapolis Colts, I believe the 25.5 mark is too low to ignore for Hunter Henry. The Colts have allowed 66.7 receiving yards per game to tight ends this season; the second-highest mark in the league. Henry has not reached the 25.5 mark in six of his last eight matchups, but once again, this could be a primed matchup for the 27-year old to reach over 40 receiving yards.
Najee Harris: UNDER 70.5 Rushing Yards vs Tennessee Titans
The Tennessee Titans have been phenomenal against the run this season, holding opponents to 90.9 yards per game; the second-best mark in the league. In their last three games, the Titans have limited opponents to 65.3 rushing yards per game; the best in the league by nearly ten yards. Tennessee hasn’t allowed an opposing running back to reach 71 rushing yards since Week 5 against James Robinson and the Jacksonville Jaguars. Entering Week 15, the Steelers are 28th in the league in rushing with Harris hitting the 70.5 mark just once during the last four games.