The first two games have been a mixed bag for Mudiay. 11 points against New Orleans followed up by 21 against probably the worst defensive backcourt in the league in Portland. While efficiency has never been his calling card Mudiay has been shooting an atrocious effective field goal % of .357. Against the Raptors Mudiay will have to navigate the pressure of Kyle Lowry and Cory Joseph, both plus defenders. Add to that the fact that we might be looking at a blowout in Toronto, we like the under here.
Through three games Willie Cauley-Stein has really struggled and against the Hawks we predict that trend will continue. There hasn’t been a heap of opportunities for WCS, logging over 10 minutes only once and that was garbage time in a blowout. With a terrible usage and low per 36 scoring rate we don’t like the chances of WCS reaching this meagre total.
With Jeff Teague’s departure the Hawks handed over the reigns to Dennis Schroder the lightning fast young German. This should be a breakout year for him – and the Hawks have shown their faith in him by recently signing Schroder to a $70 million extension. Last season Schroder led the league in usage off the bench with an astronomical 28.8, higher than John Wall, Chris Paul and Kyle Lowry. He also averaged 19.5ppg per 36 minutes so with a steady diet of starters minutes and against the poor Wizards backcourt defence he should cover this with ease.