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With the majesty of opening night out of the way, (most of) the rest of the NBA returns to action on Wednesday with a jam-packed schedule of games.
The Boston Celtics will take on the New York Knicks in the early nationally televised game before Victor Wembenyama makes his debut for the San Antonio Spurs against the Dallas Mavericks.
As teams, players, and fans around the country get ready to take in the first dose of action of the season, we’ve picked our favorite player props from the Wednesday matchups. Here are the players we’re looking to with our best bets.
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Wembanyama might be a freakish 7-foot-4 with a beautiful jumper, but over the summer and during the preseason, he repeatedly displayed a great feel for the game as a playmaker. He only recorded 2+ assists once in four preseason games but was playing limited minutes and will be on the court more on Wednesday.
The French rookie’s size and ability as a scorer will force defenders to overhelp or even cheat off their primary matchup, leaving passing lanes open. Wembenyama showed he could dish the rock numerous times and will be there to find the open guys, especially with a line this low.
He's also the favorite to win the NBA Rookie of the Year award, but the season has just started.
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Holiday made 2.4 threes per game with the Bucks last year and has 39.2%, 41.1%, and 38.4% from long range in the last three seasons. He’ll fit in perfectly with the Boston Celtics’ five-out, perimeter-centric system that prioritizes spacing and putting up triples (41.8 three-point attempts in 2022-23 - second).
Jayson Tatum and the other Celtics members should be inclined to get opportunities for Holiday and Kristaps Porzingis, the two newcomers. The New York Knicks held opponents to the eighth-lowest three-point shooting percentage a year ago but have too many players to cover to ensure they’re all smothered.
The Kings were first in points per game last season, while the Jazz were fifth. There are going to be lots of points scored here, and Fox—who averaged 25 points per game in 2022-23—should be Sacramento’s primary benefactor.
The reigning All-Star and Clutch Player of the Year was injured during his playoff series against the Golden State Warriors and should come out with a fire. The Kings aren’t overly concerned with defense and put a majority of their focus into outscoring opponents, and we fully expect there to be a shootout in Utah.
Who is there to stop Jackson from chucking a ton of threes in his season debut? Ja Morant is out due to suspension, Steven Adams will miss the year through injury, and it’s unlikely Marcus Smart will become a ball hog in his first appearance in front of his new Memphis fans.
Jackson Jr. took 4.5 threes per game and shot a 35.5% clip last year. He’s either the primary or second option (behind Desmond Bane) at all times without Morant and is in line to get a lot of shot opportunities.
Could Poole win the scoring title with his new team? He recently stated that his legacy is already cemented with the title he won in Golden State, and if his conversation with Deni Advija was any indication, he’s going to put up shots whether his teammates like it or not.
Poole is the ultimate green-light player who will take shots from anywhere, regardless of circumstance. The Indiana Pacers finished last year ranked 26th in three-point defense, and neither Tyrese Haliburton nor Buddy Hield will be that interested in hounding Poole on the perimeter.
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