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With just four games on the schedule for Thursday evening, we're keeping an eye on a specific few contributors!
When the Denver Nuggets and Orlando Magic face-off, Markelle Fultz's playmaking and Wendell Carter Jr.'s ability on the glass will be under the microscope. And when the Milwaukee Bucks play the Los Angeles Lakers, Giannis Antetokounmpo's distribution and Brook Lopez's shooting will be linked to their team's success.
Let's check out the bets!
Markelle Fultz continues to try and build on his bounce back from his early career injury, now plying his trade with the Magic. At Caesars Sportsbook, Fultz is a +116 to falls short of 5.5 assists when he takes on the Denver Nuggets.
On the season, Fultz is averaging 12.7 points, 5.5 assists, and 3.7 rebounds on 51.1% from the field and 30.2% from three-point range. Over his last five games, Fultz has averaged 16.4 points, 5.2 assists, and 2.8 rebounds on 56.7% from the field.
Over his last five games, Fultz has cleared 5.5 assists in just two matches, versus clearing it 16 times through his 34 games this year. The Nuggets are good at controlling pace, so don't expect Fultz's offense and playmaking to get rolling with consistency in this matchup.
On the season, Carter Jr. is averaging 15.1 points, 8.7 rebounds, and 2.6 assists on 52.0% from the field and 34.4% from three-point range. He's been slightly less productive over his last five games, averaging 13.0 points, 9.0 rebounds, and 2.2 assists on 48.0% from the field and 21.1% from deep.
Over his last five games, Carter Jr. has cleared 8.5 rebounds three times. On the season he's cleared 8.5 rebounds in 20 of his 35 appearances. The Nuggets are a solid rebounding team, but Carter Jr. should have plenty of opportunities on the glass.
A true stretch big man, Milwaukee Bucks center Robin Lopez's three-point shooting has always been crucial to his game. At PointsBet, Lopez is a +130 to clear 1.5 three-pointers made when he faces the Los Angeles Lakers.
On the season, Lopez is averaging 14.3 points, 6.4 rebounds, 2.4 blocks, and 1.8 threes on 50.1% from the field and 36.9% from three-point range. Over his last five games, Lopez has averaged just 13.0 points, 7.8 rebounds, 2.0 blocks, and 0.4 threes on 50.0% from the field and 11.8% from deep.
While Lopez has struggled from three-point range over his last few games, he has cleared 1.5 threes in 29 of his 53 games so far this season. The last time he played the Lakers, Lopez hit three three-point field goals on five attempts. He should have similar opportunities against a shorthanded Lakers team.
Giannis Antetokounmpo looks to continue his stellar season as the Bucks continue to compete for the top in the East. At Caesars Sportsbook, Antetokounmpo is a -108 to clear 5.5 assists when he faces the Los Angeles Lakers.
On the season, Antetokounmpo is averaging 32.2 points, 12.4 rebounds, and 5.3 assists on 54.1% from the field and 26.7% from the three-point range. Over his last five games, Antetokounmpo has averaged 39.4 points, 15.6 rebounds, and 5.6 assists on 63.1% from the field and 33.3% from deep.
Over his last five games, Antetokounmpo has cleared 5.5 assists just twice, and on the season he's done it in 15 of his 43 games this season. Given the Lakers' pace of play, Antetokounmpo should feast in transition, which will only help his playmaking.
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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