Looking to grab on some early lines today to continue the decent run on the NBA picks we are having now.
UTA Jazz v BOS Celtics – Hayward Over 18.5 points @ 1.90 (MarathonBet) – 2.5 points
Utah Jazz have been pretty decent at home with a better home record as compared to a road record; and will rely on that home form against the Boston Celtics.
In particular, the Jazz have relied on Gordon Hayward to produce the scoring for them in order to deliver the killer punch. He has specifically been in god form over his last 5 games, averaging 21 points per game. At home, he has a particularly good average of 19.5 points per game. What has helped Gordon particularly this season has been his run on getting to the free throw line for an average 5 free throws per game in his recent outings along with 2 3-balls per game. He has also scored some good points against teams with weaker defenses and losing records like New York (33ppg), Brooklyn (24ppg), Denver (25ppg), Lakers (31ppg), Milwaukee (24ppg, Indiana (27ppg) for a few.
Hayward has particularly average 21 points per game based on the wins for Utah; and with them at home against a poor Boston team who played a long game last night; I expect him to come to the party for the Jazz.
OKC Thunder v MIN T’Wolves – R Westbrook Over 22 points @ 1.75 (888Sport) – 2.5 points
Russell Westbrook has been in great form recently averaging 22 points per game over the last 5 games, and 25 per game over the season. Westbrook’s scoring has dipped a bit, while he has focussed on delivering his assist numbers.
Westbrook has loved playing against Minnesota, as he hit 34 points in the last game they played. While last year he was out due to injury, he averaged around 27 ppg against them the previous season. Westbrook’s game has typically about driving through the lanes and scoring inside knocking down around 16 points inside with around 5 free throws coming almost every single game. The key factor for him is on how well he knocks down his 3-ball.
The Minnesota Timberwolves give up around 65% of their scoring inside the paint, and this is a great opportunity for Westbrook to take advantage off. Particularly after last night’s loss to the Cavaliers, the Thunder on their home floor will want to jump off to an early start, and with their offense situated on Westbrook and Durant; I expect Westbrook to shine especially since they have the night off tomorrow, to rest up before the Knicks.
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