Although an integral part of the record breaking Golden State Warriors offence, Andrew Bogut’s role is certainly not defined by scoring. His passing and screen setting are what he contributes more than anything to the Dubs machine. Going up against arguably the best front court defence in the league in the Jazz, Bogut will likely have a hard time getting even the most meagre 6.0 line.
Al Horford has been a consistent performer all season long for the Hawks, flashing his new found range with increasing confidence. While this has helped space out Atlanta’s offence, it has come at a price, with his free throw attempts at career low levels. On the road this season Horford is shooting 5% worse from the field and averaging 2.4ppg less than at home. The matchup with the Utah Jazz is the second last of a tough five game road trip, and we expect Horford to struggle with the length of Rudy Gobert and Derrick Favors. Our projection has big…
Can you say run it back? After coming in for us in his previous game we’re backing Zach LaVine to repeat the feat. LaVine has averaged 20.7ppg in his last 10 games and has cemented his starting spot. He has been significantly better on the road than at home and should have no trouble with the Hornets backcourt of Kemba Walker and Courtney Lee.
The Wolves completely gave up on the season at the trade deadline by buying out Kevin Martin and Andre Miller. The main benefactors of this have been Minnesota’s young studs, the top of that list being Zach LaVine. Everyone knows his about his dunking exploits, but LaVine has made a significant leap in his second season. When given the opportunity to start, as he is now, he has averaged 19.1ppg while shooting a great .443 from three. He has been given as many minutes as he can handle in the last 5 games and against the horrible Brooklyn backcourt should…
An old Player Line Pro favourite is back today with Jae Crowder over 15.0. It has been a breakout year to say the least for Crowder under President Brad Stevens with career highs across the board. In addition to that he has made us a HEAP of money. When projected over he has a record of 14-1, a casual 93.3% win rate. He is once again projected over and its not surprising given the shambolic state of the Knicks defence.
Returning two games ago after a long layoff with a finger injury Eric Gordon looked like he didn’t miss a beat with 31 in his first game back. We do not expect that to happen here. San Antonio, owners of the leagues stingiest defence, have guys all over who will run Gordon off the three point line and into the waiting help of Tim Duncan, possibly the best defensive big man ever. We like this under, and the chances of the game being wrapped up by three quarter time.
The Greek Freak has played well since the all star break however has historically struggled against the Pacers. His line is as high as its been all season at 17 and we are predicting an under here. He has eclipsed 17 points on only 36% of his games this year, and when our modelling has projected the Freak under his record is a very strong 10-5.
After recovering from a brutal leg injury in his first game last season Randle has shown no long lasting effects and is poised to be a building block for the next generation of Lakers. Sadly with Byron Scott as his coach and Kobe on his farewell tour, opportunities have been inconsistent. That being said he has improved as the season has worn on and is averaging almost 30 minutes a game in the last 10. Our model has him going over this line and he has a record of 20-5 when projected over.