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.
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. PG-13 is looking on track for the the getting the most improved player or comeback player of the year award.
George is averaging 26 points per game over the season, and 30 points over the last 5 games. George has been tearing it apart all season, and not necessarily his explosiveness to the pain has been back, but he has been lighting it up from 3-point territory. He has been taking around 7-8 shots per game, knocking down 4 of them. While from the field he has been attempting 21 shots per game, netting 11 of them. He also gets around 6 points from the charity stripe.
In his last 5 games he has faced good defenders like Snell/McDermott, Antetokounmpo, Jared Dudley, LeBron James, Tayshaun Prince, Tobais Harris, Jay Crowder, Kobe Bryant among others and has managed to knock around 27+ points points against most of them. Tonight he goes up against a combination of Redick, Stephenson, Pierce and Crawford who have been generally been poor on the defensive end and are mainly focussed on offence.
Opponents of Clippers at that position have jumped on with tons of buckets like Gordon (16 points), Harklesss (15 points), Wiggins (21 points), Hayward (33 points), Gallinari (20 points), DeRozan and Caroll (21 points) showcasing the struggles that they have had on the defensive end.
Paul George is the premier scorer on this team and they have often relied on him to do the bulk of the scoring, especially with his new found love for the 3-point line. I expect PG-13 to knock down 27+ tonight against a struggling Clippers defence.