There are nine exciting games on the schedule and it's worth keeping your eye on some of the NBA's most dynamic guards!
When the Charlotte Hornets play the Houston Rockets, expect LaMelo Ball to maintain his all-around production. Luka Doncic returns to play when his Dallas Mavericks take on the Atlanta Hawks, and his playmaking will be under the microscope. And when the Indiana Pacers and Oklahoma City Thunder face off, keep an eye on sharpshooter Buddy Hield and how he'll fill in with his key backcourt partner out.
Let's check out the bets!
LaMelo Ball may not be leading the most successful team in the NBA, but he's shown off his all-around offensive ability this season. At DraftKings Sportsbook, Ball is a +105 to clear 6.5 rebounds when he takes on the Houston Rockets.
On the season, Ball is averaging 24.0 points, 8.4 assists, and 5.4 assists on 41.5% from the field and 37.4% from the three-point range. He's been on an impressive scoring run as of late, as he's averaging 29.3 points, 7.3 assists, and 5.3 rebounds on 43.5% from the field and 33.3% from three-point range.
Against the Houston Rockets, Ball should have plenty of opportunities to fill the stat sheet. He's cleared 6.5 rebounds in eight of his 21 games this season, and the up-and-down pace of this game should only help Ball's attempts to clear.
Luka Doncic was out for the Dallas Mavericks' last game, but he is expected to return when his Dallas Mavericks are back in action. At PointsBet, Doncic is a +105 to clear 9.5 assists when he takes on the Atlanta Hawks.
On the season, Doncic is averaging 33.8 points, 9.0 rebounds, and 8.8 assists on 49.8% from the field and 35.1% from the three-point range. While Doncic missed his last game, he's averaged 30.0 points, 10.0 rebounds, and 8.6 assists over his last five games.
Doncic should be refreshed after coming back to play. Doncic may have averaged just 8.7 assists over his last five games, but he cleared 9.5 in three of those four matches. Given the traditional nature of the Hawks' defense, expect Doncic's playmaking to be in full effect.
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With Tyrese Haliburton out due to injury, the production of sharpshooter Buddy Hield will be under the microscope. At bet365, Hield is a +115 to fall short of 3.5 assists when he takes on the Oklahoma City Thunder.
On the season, Hield is averaging 18.0 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 2.7 assists on 45.0% from the field and 42.6% from three-point range. Over his last five games though, Hield has averaged 18.6 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 2.6 assists on 39.2% from the field and 40.4% from three-point range.
Hield is not what you'd call a playmaker, so having the Pacers sharpshooter fall short of 3.5 dimes against the Thunder projects to be a good wager. Perhaps his value is skewed after clearing 3.5 in two of his last five games, but he's only done so in 13 of his 45 appearances this season. Expect the under from Hield.
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