Luka Doncic has been amazing this year and is clearly the future of the NBA.
Against the Sixers however he will face probably the best defensive matchup in the league in Ben Simmons with Joel Embiid at the basket to make life harder.
Porzingis is questionable and without his spacing, there will be less room to operate and we expect an under here.
KCP shined in the bubble playoffs emerging as a top-level role player helping the Lakers to the championship.
This season his scoring and usage have dropped to their lowest rates since his rookie season, and against a good Utah defence he should struggle.
In Milwaukee, Brook Lopez has been a hit and miss contributor over the past few seasons. This has been particularly bad this season with career low field goal and free throw attempts.
The Wolves are not a good defensive team, but Towns has the capacity to stretch out to Lopez on the perimeter, taking away the biggest part of his game – the three ball.
BobCov has been an inconsistent player throughout his career, but this season he has taken that to the extreme.
He has struggled with his shot all season and is shooting career lows with 37% from the field and 8.3 shots per 36.
Phoenix are a sneaky good defensive team with the 7th ranked D and the second slowest pace in the league – we project Covington to struggle.
While DeAndre Jordans minutes went up with Jarrett Allen leaving in the Harden trade, his usage has stayed relatively low.
Despite the Lakers missing Anthony Davis, they still have former defensive player of the year Marc Gasol who is a master at taking the space away from athletic bigs.
Bam Adebayo has taken a leap each year of his NBA career, proving to be a star in the Heat’s run to the Finals last season.
He has put up some big scoring games this season but the majority have been against poor defences. While the Warriors aren’t a great defensive team, Draymond Green is one of the best defenders of all-time and his versatility will give Bam problems.
Al Horford has been terrific this year with the young Thunder team, turning back the clock and being the focal point of their offence with SGA injured.
In the five games SGA has missed, Horford has averaged 20.8ppg and going up against Enes Kanter and a heavily depleted Portland frontcourt should be no issue. Load up.