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Jayson Tatum’s 45 points and 13 rebounds weren’t enough as the Boston Celtics fell to the Charlotte Hornets, while Steph Curry’s 32-point outing helped the Golden State Warriors end a six-game losing streak with a win against the Houston Rockets.
Here are our favorite NBA player prop picks for Tuesday.
Poeltl isn’t the flashiest player in the league, but he’s consistent and excels in his role. He scored 11 or more points in five straight games and is 11-11 from the field in his last two games. He also doesn’t need to have any offensive sets called for him to be effective, which means that he has less variance than other players.
The Orlando Magic are one of the best defensive teams in the league, but in this case, that works to Poeltl’s advantage. He’ll be able to clean up missed shots with put-backs and lay-ins and could also get a few throw-aheads since the Magic don’t shoot the ball well. Orlando also doesn’t have a healthy center that is a legit rim protector.
Maxey is averaging 26.8 points per game and scored 25+ in five of his last seven games. He hasn’t shot the ball with the same efficiency over the last four games but has maintained his long-range prowess and shot 48.3% from beyond the arc during that stretch, burying six triples during his last game.
The Cleveland Cavaliers have gotten better on defense recently and play at a slower tempo, which are both concerns for Maxey. However, neither Darius Garland nor Donovan Mitchell are going to want to be in their defensive stance for 48 minutes against him, and his ability to become an instant offense in transition leads us to believe he can go over.
The Atlanta Hawks are only 22nd in three-point defense and are going against an Indiana Pacers team that has a multitude of offensive weapons and, at this stage, the best offensive rating in NBA history.
Mathurin can be erratic with his three-point shooting, but he made at least two triples in three of his last five games. Tyrese Haliburton, the league leader in assists, also managed just three assists in his last game and should be looking to share the ball early, which bodes well for Mathurin as a scorer.
Nurkic is about to play his first game against his former team, the Portland Trail Blazers. Deandre Ayton will be his primary defender, and while he’s been strong on the glass, he is a poor and oftentimes uninterested defender in the mid-post, which is where Nurkic likes to go to work as a passer.
The 7-footer averages 4.3 assists and hit 4+ in six of his last eight games. The Blazers also don’t have strong defensive matchups for either Kevin Durant or Devin Booker, whom Nurkic has been able to find in a variety of actions. If they’re making their shots as they have been, he should hit the over with relative ease.
Reaves has looked a lot better since going to the bench, whether that be because he has more freedom and control of the ball or because he’s finally recovered from playing with Team USA over the summer. Whatever the reason, he dished six assists in his last game and more than 4.5 in four of his last six (and at least four in all of them).
The Los Angeles Lakers are starting to knock down more shots, which has helped Reaves’ assists numbers. The Utah Jazz also rank 27th in defensive rating and ninth in pace of play, which means more possessions and less defense.
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