The NBA season is back tonight, and we go straight in early on this time with a pick in order to try and take advantage of some poor lines early on.
ATL v SAC – D Cousins Over 26.5 points @ 1.85 (888Sport) – 2.5 points
DaMarcus ‘Boogie’ Cousins will be looking forward to take on the Atlanta Hawks as he has led the team to 3 straight victories over Toronto, Detroit and Brooklyn in their last 3 games. Cousins will be looking forward to a match up against some undersized forwards in Millsap, Horford & Scott. The players who have played in the position against the Hawks have seen some big scoring Young (16 points), Johnson (19 points), Favors (23 points) and Anderson (17 points). The Hawks have come off a poor loss last night losing 88-90 to the Nets, and that should also dent their confidence coming into this one.
Cousins has finally found his fitness and is averaging 31.3 points per game over the last 4 games since recovering from injury, and has been largely instrumental in his teams success.Cousins continues also to dominate the ball inside and managed to get to the line 11 times on average for the season while knocking down 8 of them. If you just take his 16 points form the field and his 8 points form the line; thats already 24 you have from him, not considering his dangerous threat from the field.
I always like Cousins to lead the offence, and George Karl has set up a lot of the play of the team through him, so you have to like him to get over 26 points in this game.
ORL v MIN – A Wiggins Over 20.5 points @ 1.85 (888Sport) – 2.5 points
Andrew Wiggins looks to be finally having a break out year as he has now become the most dangerous scorer in this Wolves team along with Towns in their starting lineup. The success that he has had this season is seen in the fact that whenever he averages over 20 points per game, the Wolves tend to land up on the winning side.
What helps Wiggins is his shot which is improving and now reached some level of consistently around 19-20 ft form the basket. He also has the ability to drive well through the lane and lands up getting free throws netting 5 from 7 attempts on average. His 3-point shooting still needs a lot of work, netting 1 out of every 3 taken. He has increased his average to 22.5 points per game through 8 games played this season as a lot of the offence is now created for him. He has now netted 21 points in each of the last 3 games against strong defensive teams in Miami, Memphis and Indiana; which showcases his improving ability.
Wiggins had 22 points in this match up last season, and with the starting 5 boasting only him and Towns as scorers, you can expect him to get a lot of opportunities created for him especially since Ricky Rubio has come back from his injury. Also to note that Fournier, Watson and Oladipo will be missing this game through injury, which gives a slightlyy weaker defender in Hezonja or Napier to guard him to take advantage of.
PHI v IND – P George Over 25.5 points @ 1.85 (888Sport) – 2.5 points
Paul George is the best player on the Indiana lineup, and over the last 5 games he is showing the NBA that he truly back to his peak form. While PG-13 has not been as explosive in his attempts while going to the rim, he has shown the improvement in his 3-point shot, where he is now knocking down 3 shots from 6 made on average; to boost his shooting average.
We already knew Paul George could score in buckets, and he is already showing that signs by averaging 28 points over his last 5 games. George faced defenders like LeBron James, Tayshaun Prince, Tobais Harris, Jay Crowder and Tony Snell/McDermott over that period of time; and has been able to play well against all of them during those past 5 games. As the primary offensive weapon in this team, his team mates are always looking for him, as a result he attempts a team high 18 shots per game, knocking down around 9. He also takes around 8 free throws per game, knocking down 7 of them; which shows you how he can get those 25 points tonight.
The 76ers are off to a poor 0-11 start, and their defenders in Grant and Holmes have failed to put on a stop to players at the small forward position. They conceded to 17 to Fournier18 points to McDermott, 14 to DeRozan, 12 to Morrow, 10 to Anderson, 20 to Chandler Parsons and 31 to LeBron James. Out of all you can count James, Parsons and to a certain extent DeRozan as good players.
If they were able to get off well, I don’t expect anything less than 26 points for George tonight, especially since George Hill is missing, where he will have to take on the extra scoring burden.
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