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The NBA is putting on just three games on Tuesday night, but they'll all be showcasing some of the league's most exciting players!
When the Los Angeles Lakers take on the Cleveland Cavaliers, it'll be a meeting between two of the league's best scorers. Anthony Davis will be looking to dominate the shorthanded Cavaliers in the paint while Donovan Mitchell will be trying to overcome the Lakers' gritty perimeter defenders. And when the Detroit Pistons take on the Miami Heat, veteran Bojan Bogdanovic and rookie Jaden Ivey will be looked at to produce across the board to take down a hard-to-handle Miami Heat squad.
Let's check out the bets!
Despite the Lakers' struggles to open the season, you certainly can't say that Anthony Davis hasn't been putting in brilliant performances so far. At PointsBet, Davis is a -110 to clear 28.5 points when he faces the Cleveland Cavaliers.
On the season, Davis is averaging 28.6 points, 12.8 rebounds, and 2.6 assists on 59.0% from the field and 33.3% from three. However after missing a match against the Spurs, Davis bounced back to average 37.8 points, 13.0 rebounds, and 3.3 blocks on 65.2% from the field and 62.5% from three over his last four games.
Davis has a favorable matchup when he takes on the Cleveland Cavaliers. Between slight sophomore Evan Mobley and plodding veteran Robin Lopez, the Cavaliers don't project to have the personnel to slow Davis down. Expect another big scoring outburst from the Lakers' big man.
Donovan Mitchell has been going through a slump over recent games, but this matchup with the Los Angeles Lakers may just get him back on track. At FanDuel, Mitchell is a -108 to clear 27.5 points when he faces the Los Angeles Lakers.
In his first season with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Mitchell is averaging 28.4 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 4.9 assists on 48.8% from the field and 42.1% from three-point range. Unfortunately, he's been up and down through his last four games, averaging 20.8 points, 3.5 assists, and 2.5 rebounds on 44.4% from the field and 44.1% from the three-point range.
Playing at the league's second-highest pace (102.6), the Lakers are tailor-made for a comeback game for Mitchell. The more easy baskets he can get pushing in transition, the better he can get back on track offensively. With Jarrett Allen out, Mitchell needs to get back to his best scoring form.
Croatian sharpshooter Bojan Bogdanovic has been a bright spot for the lowly Detroit Pistons this season. At FanDuel, Bogdanovic is a -104 to clear 22.5 points and assists combined when he takes on the Miami Heat.
Let's make this clear, Bogdanovic is a certified scorer. On the season Bogdanovic is averaging 20.6 points, 3.7 rebounds, and 2.5 assists on 50.8% from the field and 41.9% from three-point range. Regardless of competition Bogdanovic tends to remain efficient, last averaging 20.3 points and 2.3 assists on 64.3% from the field over his last three games.
Objectively speaking Bogdanovic likes playing the Heat. In 26 career games, he's averaged 14.6 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 1.3 assists on 48.2% from the field and 42.1% from three. With injuries to key young players and the second-highest usage of his career (24.2%), expect Bogdanovic's influence to be all over the court against the Heat.
Jaden Ivey is a dynamic point guard who has done his fair share to impress the Detroit Pistons this season. At PointsBet, Ivey is a +100 to clear 8.5 assists and rebounds combined when he faces the Miami Heat.
On the season, Ivey is averaging 15.9 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 4.3 assists on 41.3% from the field and 31.0% from the three-point range. While he's been inconsistent in terms of his shooting efficiency, he always tries to contribute in others ways - evidenced by his ability to clear 8.5 assists and rebounds combined in 12 of his 21 appearances this season.
The Miami Heat employ one of the league's more aggressive defenses, so Ivey is sure to have a hard time scoring. With Cunningham out and lead guard duties falling to him, Ivey will be forced to contribute in all areas. His athleticism should be a difference-maker when trying to compete with the Heat.
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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