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With six games on the schedule for Thursday night, there are some great player props to focus on when the games tip-off!
When the Thunder and the Hornets face off, LaMelo Ball will look to create opportunities for his teammates against a similarly pacey Thunder team. When the Memphis Grizzlies face off against the Toronto Raptors, Jaren Jackson Jr. will look to take advantage of his opponent's poor three-point defense. And when the LA Clippers and the Boston Celtics match up, Kawhi Leonard's playmaking will be under the microscope.
Let's check out the bets!
Charlotte Hornets point guard LaMelo Ball's playmaking will be under scrutiny in his next game. At Caesars Sportsbook, Ball is a +104 to clear 7.5 assists when he faces the Oklahoma City Thunder!
On the season, Ball is averaging 23.5 points, 7.5 assists, and 5.5 rebounds, on 41.7% shooting from the field and 36.6% from three-point range. His playmaking has been excellent through his last five games as well, as he's averaged 23.8 points, 8.6 assists, and 8.2 rebounds despite the Hornets going 2-3 over that span.
Ball projects to clear his season average on assists against the Thunder. Oklahoma City own the league's fifth-highest pace, while also allowing their opponents 90.7 field goal attempts per game (29th in the NBA). This game should be up-and-down, a style that suits Ball and the Hornets perfectly.
Big man Jaren Jackson Jr. is one of the league's most versatile frontcourt players, which should serve him in his next game. At DraftKings Sportsbook, Jackson Jr. is a +145 to clear 1.5 threes when he takes on the Toronto Raptors.
On the season, Jackson Jr. is averaging 15.9 points, 6.1 rebounds, and 1.5 threes on 49.2% from the field and 34.7% from three-point range. He hasn't been great as of late, averaging just 13.0 points and 1.0 threes per game on 44.0% from the field and 26.3% from three-point range. However, that could all change in a beneficial matchup against the Raptors.
The Toronto Raptors haven't been particularly effective at stopping teams from scoring, allowing opponents to shoot 48.9% from the field (29th in the NBA) and 35.9% from three (16th in the NBA). Given the Raptors' switch-heavy style of defense, Jackson Jr. will have his fair share of opportunities from deep.
Kawhi Leonard has played sparingly this season, but when he has stepped on the court he's shown a special presence befitting of his quality. At PointsBet, Leonard is a +110 to clear 3.5 when he faces the Boston Celtics.
On the season, Leonard has averaged 16.2 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 3.8 assists on 46.0% from the field and 25.5% from three-point range. Even though he's appeared in just 14 games this season, Leonard has shown to be a willing and capable playmaker for the Clippers.
Through 14 appearances for the Clippers this season, Leonard has cleared 3.5 assists in eight games. The Celtics are a team of solid defenders who limit ball movement and force isolation play to the tune of 22.1 assists allowed per game (1st in the NBA). Given Leonard's skillset on offense, he should create plenty of opportunities for his teammates.
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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