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The NBA's Tuesday schedule is limited, but there are definitely some interesting props to keep an eye on through these six games - especially in the playmaking department.
When the New York Knicks and Orlando Magic face off, Paolo Banchero's ability to create will be just as crucial as his scoring. Usually, a defensive force, Dejounte Murray's playmaking will take precedence when his Atlanta Hawks take on an increasingly healthy New Orleans Pelicans team. And when the Phoenix Suns play the Brooklyn Nets, Mikal Bridges' newfound production will be put to the test once again.
Let's check out the bets!
Paolo Banchero continues his Rookie of the Year-leading campaign as his Orlando Magic look to climb the standings. At FanDuel Sportsbook, Banchero is a +102 to clear 3.5 assists when he takes on the New York Knicks.
On the season, Banchero is averaging 20.3 points, 6.6 rebounds, and 3.7 assists on 42.0% from the field and 29.7% from three-point range. Over his last five games, where the Magic have gone 3-2, Banchero has averaged 16.8 points, 8.6 rebounds, and 3.6 assists on 31.1% from the field and 14.3% from deep.
Banchero has struggled with his scoring efficiency in recent games, but he's been consistent in his other efforts. Against a tough defensive team like the Knicks, he'll have no choice but to engage his playmaking ability.
Versatile guard Dejounte Murray looks to push the Atlanta Hawks up the table with his solid all-around play. At PointsBet, Murray is a +110 to clear 5.5 points when he faces the New Orleans Pelicans.
On the season, Murray is averaging 21.2 points, 6.2 assists, and 5.4 rebounds on 46.2% from the field and 36.6% from three-point range. He's gone through highs and lows over his last five games, posting averages of 23.4 points, 8.2 assists, and 5.8 rebounds on 46.7% from the field and 41.2% from three-point range.
Murray has cleared 5.5 assists in his last five games, and in 28 of his 49 appearances this season. The Pelicans play a pressure-heavy defense that looks to force turnovers, but between Young and Murray the Hawks should have enough playmaking to overcome them. Expect Murray's passing to remain strong in this matchup.
With Devin Booker unavailable, Mikal Bridges has taken on a bigger and more productive role for the Phoenix Suns. At BetRivers, Bridges is a +123 to clear 3.5 assists when he takes on the Brooklyn Nets.
On the season, Bridges is averaging 17.2 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 3.6 assists on 46.4% from the field and 38.8% from three-point range. Over his last five games, Bridges has averaged 25.2 points, 4.6 assists, and 2.6 rebounds on 51.1% from the field and 32.0% from three-point range.
Over his last five games Bridges has cleared 3.5 assists three times, while also clearing 3.5 assists in 24 of his 55 appearances this season. The Nets are undermanned at the moment and their defense has been porous, to say the least. Bridges should thrive in his increased role.
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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