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With the NBA kicking off its week on a Tuesday, we've got our eyes on some exciting player props on this 13-game schedule.
When the Minnesota Timberwolves face the Brooklyn Nets, Karl-Anthony Towns' three-point shooting is critical to his team's chances at victory. When the Toronto Raptors face the Charlotte Hornets for the second game in a row, Jakob Poeltl's passing ability will be the focus. And when the Atlanta Hawks face the Chicago Bulls, DeMar DeRozan's playmaking will be crucial to his team's fight for the NBA Play-In position.
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Minnesota Timberwolves big man Karl-Anthony Towns hasn't been able to play for much of the 2022-23 season, but he's been motivated since returning from injury. Towns will have plenty of opportunities on an aggressive shooting run in his matchup with the Nets. At FanDuel Sportsbook, Towns is a +132 to hit three or more three-pointers when he faces the Brooklyn Nets.
In just 26 games played, Towns has averaged 20.3 points, 7.9 rebounds, and 4.8 assists on 49.1% from the field and 35.4% from three-point range. In his five games since returning from injury, Towns has averaged 18.4 points, 6.8 rebounds, 2.8 assists, and 2.8 threes per game on 43.1% from the field and 46.7% from three-point range. Tuesday night will be his first and only game against the Nets this season.
Against a traditional lineup in the Brooklyn Nets, Towns' aggressiveness shooting the ball, combined with Brooklyn's sub-par three-point defense, makes clearing 2.5 threes a real possibility for Towns. He's cleared 2.5 threes twice through his last five matches, hitting 14 threes in five games. Towns has also hit three or more threes in eight of his 26 games this season.
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While it was Fred VanVleet who posted the Raptors' assist record in their last game against the Hornets, Jakbo Poeltl's passing will be under the spotlight. At Caesars Sportsbook, Poeltl is a +114 to dish three assists or more when he faces the Charlotte Hornets. With all the focus on the Raptors' wing players, Poeltl will have plenty of opportunity to showcase his passing ability.
Jakob Poeltl isn't a prolific playmaker, but he has averaged 12.8 points, 9.2 rebounds, and 2.8 assists per game on 63.3% from the field through 68 games this season. Poeltl's passing could have been better through recent games, averaging 9.6 points, 10.4 rebounds, and 1.6 assists on 61.1% from the field through his last five. In two games against the Hornets this season, Poeltl has averaged 15.0 points, 9.0 rebounds, and 2.5 assists on 60.0% from the field.
Through 68 games, Poeltl has cleared 2.5 assists in 34 of his 68 this season. Poeltl has collected three or more assists just once through his last five games. Against a Hornets team that allows 26.0 assists per game (21st in the NBA), Poeltl can engage his passing as Charlotte's defense focuses on their guards.
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As the Chicago Bulls fight for a place in the Play-In Tournament, DeMar DeRozan has shown off his quality as a first-option and a veteran. At PointsBet, DeRozan is a +100 to clear 5.5 assists when he faces the Atlanta Hawks. With a good performance record against Atlanta this season, expect another great night from DeRozan.
On the season, DeRozan is averaging 24.9 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 5.1 assists on 50.8% from the field and 33.1% from the three-point range. Through his last five, DeRozan has posted averages of 22.8 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 6.6 assists on 50.6% from the field and 33.3% from the three-point range. In three games against the Hawks this season, DeRozan has averaged 29.3 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 6.3 assists on 50.8% from the field and 33.3% from three.
Through his last five games, DeRozan has cleared 5.5 assists three times. On the season, DeRozan has collected six or more assists in 30 of his 71 games. With the Bulls aiming to push up the standings before the Play-In Tournament, DeRozan will have another great game against a Hawks team that has yet to provide any resistance against him on defense.
Christian Jope is a writer, social media strategist, and data analyst. A Queen’s University Alumni, Christian is an author and social media strategist with Raptors Cage, while also working closely with MLSE and Canada Basketball through community-driven events.
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