The 2022-23 season has officially begun, and I will be breaking down every regular season slate moving forward.
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This will be a great opportunity for the Hawks and Rockets to showcase their new players. Atlanta made a huge splash in the offseason, acquiring star guard Dejounte Murray to pair with Trae Young in the backcourt.
There are still plenty of questions about Murray and Young playing together, although they fit seamlessly throughout preseason. I’ll be keeping a close eye on reps both get as the primary ball-handler.
On Houston’s side, No. 3 pick Jabari Smith is the biggest addition to a fun offense. The Rockets ranked second in pace last year, and should get up and down plenty once again this season. I expect a high-scoring affair from these two sides tonight.
Key Injuries to Monitor
- Myles Turner (ankle) — OUT
- Zach LaVine (knee) — OUT
- Chris Boucher (hamstring) — Doubtful
New Orleans Pelicans
- Jaxson Hayes (elbow) — Questionable
- Dillon Brooks (thigh) — Doubtful
- Maxi Kleber (illness) — Probable
- Keegan Murray (Health and Safety Protocols) — OUT
- Kevin Huerter (ankle) — Available
Favorite Pick Against the Spread
Nuggets (-8) vs. Jazz
There’s no sugarcoating it, the Jazz are going to be a disaster. Danny Ainge did what he does best this offseason, trading away Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell for a huge haul of draft picks.
As a result, Utah will throw out a lineup featuring Collin Sexton, Lauri Markkanen and Jordan Clarkson as their best players. Denver, on the other hand, will have a completely healthy roster for the first time in over a year.
Jamaal Murray and Michael Porter Jr. are back, and with Nikola Jokic’s help they should dismantle this horrible Jazz team. A 20-point win is not out of the question for Denver.
Favorite Player Prop
Luka Doncic Over 45.5 Points, Rebounds & Assists
Luka picking up where he left off against Phoenix? Sounds about right.
This has turned into one of the more interesting rivalries in the league, as tempers surely remain high considering how their postseason series ended.
Doncic boasted a 36.8% usage rate last year, which ranked second among qualified players. I don’t expect a dip in Luka’s usage whatsoever this season, and that will start with a huge game against the Suns tonight.
Favorite Value Play
Trail Blazers PF Jerami Grant ($5,700) at Kings
$5,700 may be a slight reach when discussing values, but it felt necessary to highlight Grant here. This is a player coming off a season in which he averaged 19.2 points and 4.1 rebounds per game, also shooting the three relatively effectively.
I’m a big fan of Portland’s revamped roster, and Grant has a real chance to serve as the No. 2 option behind Damian Lillard. The Trail Blazers’ frontcourt is pretty thin, which means Grant will likely see extended minutes against a Kings team that is... poor defensively, to say the least.
Nuggets C Nikola Jokic ($10,300) at Jazz
It’s Nikola Jokic facing one of — if not THE — worst teams in the league. Need I say more?
At $10,300, it actually feels like you’re getting a mini discount on the Joker in his first game of the season. Don’t overthink this one.
No Zach LaVine tonight for the #Bulls.— Jeff Pratt (@ByJeffPratt) October 19, 2022
Ayo Dosunmu ($5.2K) and Coby White ($4.7K) become decent value options on @DraftKings.
DeMar DeRozan ($8.8K) will see a bump in usage, but proceed with some caution against a tough #Heat defense.
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