Kyrie Irving has been terrific in the new year, averaging 26.2ppg in the month of January and 31ppg over the last five games, highlighted by a 49 point explosion against New Orleans. Kevin Love has been ruled out of the game against Dallas already and the main benefactor of his absence will be Irving. With Love on the floor, Irving’s usage is 26.9 however when he is off that skyrockets to 34.1! As a result, Irving averages +7.1 points per 100 possessions without Love. Despite Dallas playing at one of the slowest paces in the league, Irving should still cover…
Despite the recent turmoil surrounding the Knicks, Carmelo Anthony, and Phil Jackson, the high-scoring forward has continued to put up big numbers. Over the past five games, Melo has averaged 27.8ppg in 36.8mpg. With Derrick Rose sidelined with an ankle injury, Anthony will see a lot more touches and shots. Looking at the on/off splits for Melo when Rose is off the floor, Anthony usage rate goes from 27.3 to 35.5, and he averages +8.3 points and +7.3 shots per 100 possessions. This should be an easy cover.