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With eight games on the NBA schedule for Wednesday night, keep an eye out for the role players when the matches tip-off!
When the Milwaukee Bucks and Chicago Bulls face off, Grayson Allen will look to take advantage of his opponents' three-point defense. Likewise, D'Angelo Russell and his Minnesota Timberwolves will look to punish the shorthanded New Orleans Pelicans from three. And in the paint, DeAndre Ayton leads his Phoenix Suns against the Washington Wizards on the boards!
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One of the Milwaukee Bucks' designated sharpshooters, Grayson Allen will need to be on point in his next match. At Caesars Sportsbook, Allen is a +108 to clear 1.5 three-pointers made when he faces the Chicago Bulls.
On the season, Allen is averaging 10.2 points, 3.6 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 1.7 threes per game on 45.7% from the field and 40.2% from three. Over his last six games, Allen has struggled with his shooting. He's converted on just four three-pointers on 26.7% from three through that six-game span.
While Allen hasn't been on a good run of form, the Bulls are a matchup that should benefit his game. Chicago allow 13.7 threes per game (28th in the NBA) on 38.0% shooting (29th in the NBA). Allen will have every opportunity to get back on track.
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The Minnesota Timberwolves have been struggling this season, but D'Angelo Russell has been one of their more consistent offensive options. At DraftKings Sportsbook, Russell is a +105 to clear 2.5 threes against the New Orleans Pelicans.
On the season, Russell is averaging 16.5 points, 6.6 assists, 3.3 rebounds, and 2.3 threes per game on 46.0% from the field and 35.7% from three-point range. He's been solid over his last two games as well, hitting three threes per game on 40.0% efficiency from deep - against two solid defensive teams in the Celtics and the Heat.
Russell's shooting has been up and down this season, but he has cleared 2.5 threes in 15 of his 32 games. Against an injury-addled team that allows 12.6 threes per game (18th in the NBA), Russell should be able to maintain his current form.
With the Phoenix Suns missing Devin Booker due to injury, DeAndre Ayton has stepped up his production. At FanDuel Sportsbook, Ayton is a +100 to clear 9.5 rebounds when he faces the Washington Wizards.
On the season, Ayton has averaged 17.8 points, 9.7 rebounds, and 1.9 assists per game on 62.2% from the field. He's taken on a bigger role in his last few games though, averaging 22.8 points, 11.3 rebounds, and 1.0 blocks on 63.9% from the field.
The Washington Wizards are a solid rebounding team, but they also allow teams to collect 43.8 rebounds per game (19th in the NBA). Matched up against Porzingis, Kuzma, and Gafford, Ayton should come out the victor on the glass.
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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