Check out a quick breakdown of every game on Friday’s NBA slate. We’ll take a look at the Vegas lines and totals, recent trends, and a few players you can be targeting for tonight’s games. Good luck!

Miami Heat @ Cleveland Cavaliers

Over/Under: 197

Line: Cavs -6.5

The Cavs dropped their opener, and then came on strong against the Grizz on Wednesday. This is not a team looking to dominate the regular season, but to get through it healthy en route to the Finals. Again. But two things have stood out to me so far: 1. it seems clear to me that LeBron is doing what he thinks the Cavs need to win, which may not include scoring a ton every night, making his price tag a bit of a gamble. Upside for days, but maybe a little more risk than we’re used to. And, 2. Love has been good. 17-10 through two games, if LeBron’s not scoring and Kyrie’s not around, all of a sudden this feels a lot more like Minnesota.

For the Heat, Heat fans, fantasy basketball fans, and Chris Bosh fans, the most positive development of the season so far is that the power forward in Miami seems to have picked up right where he left off. He developed into a very reliable fantasy option once James left town, and the 21-10 he posted on Wednesday certainly didn’t change that any.

Targets
  • Chris Bosh ($7,400)
  • Kevin Love ($7,300)
  • Dwayne Wade ($6,800)
  • Goran Dragic ($6,300)

Oklahoma City Thunder @ Orlando Magic

Over/Under: 208.5

Line: OKC -8.5

The big question when you’re looking at a Thunder game this season is going to be Westbrook or Durant? They are both going to be good every night, but they are expensive – and it wouldn’t be surprising if more often than not, only one of them lives up to the price tag. Last time out, it was Westbrook against a tough Spurs frontcourt. The Magic, on the other hand? They have good big men, but not the type who can do anything to impact Durant getting his looks whenever he wants them. These are not the only two useful players on the roster, however – one interesting note was Ibaka getting ten more minutes of PT than Kanter (15 boards in just 24 minutes) in game 1, but again, that could have been matchup dependent, needing Ibaka’s athleticism and defense. In a game against a team without a dominant scoring big man, you could see those numbers flip-flop.

The Magic are… well, they’re probably going to lose this game. They just don’t have the scoring. If you’re going to rely on one of their players, it has to be because you think they have a chance to produce in a second category. Elfrid Payton paid dividends on that front in their loss to the Wizards on Wednesday, chipping in with ten boards and eight assists. The rebounding at that level isn’t sustainable, but having the skills to produce in more than one category is definitely going to increase the usefulness of the second year guard.

 Targets
  • Russell Westbrook ($10,100)
  • Kevin Durant ($9,400)
  • Elfris Payton ($6,800)
  • Enes Kanter ($6,200)

Utah Jazz @ Philadelphia 76ers

Over/Under: 188.5

Line: Utah -7

One of the rare matchups where the Jazz are going to find themselves favored by a touchdown or more, we all know why. The Sixers aren’t very good. But that being said, based on the eye test and the smallest of sample sizes, it does seem like they are improved. Jahlil Okafor seems like the real deal, posting a 26-7 against the Celtics Wednesday. And wait for it, that means I like Gobert in this game. Gobert had only six points and twelve boards, but he played 37 minutes. If Okafor is out there, they will need his defense, so he will get the same level of run, but Okafor did nothing to demonstrate an ability to defend, giving Gobert easy double-double upside.

Other than Okafor, another guy emerged in the first game with the potential to score for this team – Canaan. Or, at least HE thinks he has the potential. The dude jacked up ten threes against Boston on Wednesday. TEN. After 22 games in Philly last year averaging just over 12 a night, he could be in line for a slight bump this year, which could make him a value early on.

Targets
  • Rudy Gobert ($7,200)
  • Gordon Hayward ($6,900)
  • Jahlil Okafor ($6,000)
  • Isaiah Canaan ($4,800)

Chicago Bulls @ Detroit Pistons

Over/Under: 199.5

Line: Bulls -2.5

The Bulls are 2-0, and I have taken away one major point from those two games: this is Jimmy Butler’s team. If Rose can get on board with that, and stay healthy, you’re talking about one of the best two-player combos this side of OKC, with solid defense, shooting and rebounding rounding out the rest of the team. That’s a recipe for success.

The Pistons will put that defense and rebounding to the test. A team that has mainly played the role of punching bag over the past couple of seasons, they are off to a 2-0 start with wins over the Hawks and the Jazz, two solid clubs with good big men. And the Pistons won because those teams couldn’t handle their size. They basically start two power forwards and a center, and those guys are doing enough things well to keep other squads off-balance, all while constantly creating mismatches on their end of the floor.

Targets
  • Andre Drummond ($8,100)
  • Jimmy Butler ($7,600)
  • Derrick Rose ($6,400)
  • Irsan Ilyasova ($5,400)

Toronto Raptors @ Boston Celtics

Over/Under: 203

Line: Celtics -2.5

The Celtics got a nice win under their belt in their first game, and are going to be looking to carry that momentum forward into a game with a rival expected to finish in front of them this time. The Celts run deep, with a lot of talent on the perimeter, and a few new bigs. But after one game, the sense you get is that they might as well not even have a center. With Sullinger, Lee, and Johnson, they are going to be playing small-ball with a couple of 4’s out there all the time. But if you saw their game against the Sixers, you now either think that Jahlil Okafor is destined for the hall, or you think that the Celtics cannot defend an actual low-post threat. My guess is for the latter.

This game has about as high of a line as you’re going to see between two Eastern Conference teams, as they both like to push the ball and make plays, which is going to mean plenty of chances for the perimeter players. The problem on the Boston side of the ball is not knowing which ones, except for Isaiah Thomas, who clearly is going to get minutes and looks as much as any starter. On the Raptors side of the ball, that means some looks for Carroll and DeRozan, but the Celts have defenders to match up somewhat better with DeRozan. If you’re worried about the elbow injury on Carroll’s player card right now, it happened in the first quarter of a game in which he played 41 minutes.

Targets
  • Jonas Valanciunas ($6,200)
  • Isaiah Thomas ($6,700)
  • DeMarre Carroll ($5,500)
  • Amir Johnson ($4,700)

Charlotte Hornets @ Atlanta Hawks

Over/Under: 196.5

Line: Hawks -5.5

After a great regular season last year and a disappointing end in the playoffs, the Hawks definitely wanted to start this season off on the right foot. They did not. I would not want to be a Hornets fan right now, because I can picture this Atlanta squad getting fired up in front of the home crowd and putting on a nice show. I don’t see them approaching this total tonight, because I can’t imagine the Hornets are going to hold up their end of the bargain. The Hawks might be in the mid-90’s, but I am expecting a double-digit win, which doesn’t leave a lot of room for Hornets to produce.

Targets
  • Paul Millsap ($7,700)
  • Jeff Teague ($6,700)
  • Nicolas Batum ($6,500)
  • Kyle Korver ($4,800)

Washington Wizards @ Milwaukee Bucks

Over/Under: 196.5

Line: Wizards -2

The Bucks didn’t show much of anything in their first action of the season, getting rolled by the Knicks at home, with Greg Monroe showing up at their best performer. Khris Middleton didn’t produce the way he did down the stretch last year, and Antetokounmpo and Jabari Parker both had to miss the game. Parker remains out now, but Antetokounmpo will be back in the lineup tonight, and his absense was not injury-related, but based on the one-game suspension he earned last year. Maybe his presence will help.

For the Wizards, you are just hoping for big games out of Wall and Beal, both legitimate considerations every single night. Wall can do everything Kyrie can do, and the fact that he’s on a worse team is likely only a good thing. Beal has one of the sweetest strokes I’ve seen since Jesus Shuttlesworth, and after his 24-point performance on Wednesday, if he doesn’t slow down, this price is going nowhere but up.

Targets
  • John Wall ($9,100)
  • Greg Monroe ($7,700)
  • Bradley Beal ($6,100)
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo ($6,000)

Brooklyn Nets @ San Antonio Spurs

Over/Under: 203.5

Line: Spurs -14

Is it too early for Pop to start resting starters? The 32-8 Kawhi posted, when you consider that he new running mate up front is Aldridge, is a little unfair, don’t you think? Are the Spurs just always going to be good? They might need some support at the guard spot, but this isn’t the team to exploit that weakness, if it even exists. I mean, I might like Jack if he were playing (he’s listed as questionable). But you can’t in your right mind start a Nets wingman with Kawhi roaming around and the Aldridge/Duncan combo is way too much for Brook Lopez to handle – he might have already given up.

Targets
  • Kawhi Leonard ($7,700)
  • LaMarcus Aldridge ($7,400)
  • Jarrett Jack ($6,000)
  • Danny Green ($4,800)

Minnesota Timberwolves @ Denver Nuggets

Over/Under: 210.5

Line: Denver -4

The Timberwolves beat the Lakers first time out, but what you have to remember about the Lakers is that they are incapable of playing defense. The Nuggets, on the other hand, beat the Rockets, who… also don’t play defense. But in all seriousness, the win was much more impressive for Denver, so how did they do it? They got very solid performances out of Mudiay, Gallinari, and Faried. Gallinari and Faried both almost recorded double-doubles on rebounds, and if you combine that with Gallinari’s three three-pointers made, you are looking at a nice little stat line for the price. Mudiay looked poised running the offense and controlling the tempo in this one – it almost made you think you should have been seeing more of Beverly out there for his defense. And if the game was closer, you likely would have.

Andrew Wiggins showed up on the injury report since their first game with back spasms, but it didn’t impact his PT at all Wednesday night, so you’d think he should be getting his full complement of time in this one as well. But for a player who was supposed to be the go-to scorer for his team this season, his 9 points on 2-for-10 shooting is not at all what you expected, and the injury could be at least partially to blame. You might want to shy away from him until you see at least one big-time performance out of the young swingman.

Targets
  • Ricky Rubio ($7,000)
  • Emmanuel Mudiay ($6,700)
  • Kenneth Faried ($6,600)
  • Danillo Gallinari ($6,200)

Golden State Warriors @ Houston Rockets

Over/Under: 215

Line: Golden State -1.5

The best game of the night, this is the one everyone wants to be watching. This line is predicting both teams to go over 105, which I think might be conservative. The Warriors put up 111 in their opener, and the Rockets are going to be looking for some redemption after putting up only 85 in a loss to the Nuggets on Wednesday. Something tells me they might have been looking ahead to this one on Wednesday, because they should not have lost that game, and they definitely aren’t interested in falling to 0-2. And while they might have no choice on that at the end of the day, you know Harden is going to do his part to make sure they stay in this one. That being said, the Warriors have all my favorite plays here, from Steph to Klay to Draymond. In what should be a high-scoring game, I like all three of them to return some value on their price tags.

Targets
  • James Harden ($10,300)
  • Steph Curry ($9,900)
  • Draymond Green ($6,900)
  • Dwight Howard ($7,100)

Los Angeles Lakers @ Sacramento Kings

Over/Under: 209.5

Line: Kings -6.5

Kobe is going to shoot. Did I say that already? I might have. For the Kings, it looks like that privilege is going to go to DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay. In other words, no surprises. For Lakers fans, the best thing to come out of that game was definitely the 15-11 from Julius Randle, and fantasy owners should likely take notice as well. He’s not going to be enough to make this team good, but he will be one of their top options, which we have seen work out as the perfect recipe for fantasy success before.

Targets
  • DeMarcus Cousins ($10,200)
  • Rudy Gay ($7,500)
  • Kobe Bryant ($6,800)
  • Julius Randle ($5,200)

Portland Trailblazers @ Phoenix Suns

Over/Under: 207.5

Line: Suns -4.5

So, um, C.J McCollum? Six threes made on his way to 37 points – apparently Lillard is not going to have to do it alone. Stopping this backcourt is going to require some serious chops on the defensive end, and the Suns – simply put – are not up to the task. But if McCollum and Lillard are going to play together, they are clearly looking for nothing but offensive firepower, making all the guards in this game a good play.

Targets
  • Damian Lillard ($9,300)
  • Eric Bledsoe ($7,400)
  • C.J. McCollum ($6,400)
  • Markieff Morris ($6,200)