It’s Wednesday, and we’ve got a loaded nine-game slate on tap in the NBA, including a pair of nationally televised games which should certainly be worth watching. With some back-to-backs and injuries scattered throughout the slate, there should be some lines worth exploiting here. Let’s survey DraftKings Sportsbook for some player props, totals and sides to take on this slate. You can follow me on Twitter (@KennyDucey) for any late adds.
Here’s what jumps out to me on DraftKings Sportsbook.
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Both of these teams are heading in the wrong direction, so naturally we have a pick ‘em. I’d make the Pacers around a three-point favorite at a neutral site, so in an empty Barclays Center (it was never not empty) I don’t see too much of a reason why the Pacers should be the dog here.
The Nets are allowing the most points in the paint per game over the last six, and their defense has really crumbled. This should be just what the doctor ordered for a slumping Pacers offense, which has struggled of late but certainly has the shooters, and distributors, to be lethal in combination with Domantas Sabonis. The post proficiency should be on full display with Sabonis, who has already has a great matchup and now gets to face a tired defense on top of a bad one. The Nets’ slide continues here.
With the moneyline incredibly bettable here, I’m not going to mess around with a spread ripe for a backdoor cover. The Mavericks are clearly the better team in this matchup, now finally healthy and improving by the game with Kristaps Porzingis back in the fold. The Hawks, meanwhile, are holding Bogdan Bogdanovic (knee), De’Andre Hunter (knee), Kris Dunn (ankle) and Rajon Rondo (back) out for this one and have won just once in their past four games on top of the injury issues.
Dallas took care of business against the Hawks last Wednesday, dominating the second half and overcoming a 50%-shooting night from the Hawks. Without John Collins, that game would have been a 20-point win for the Mavericks, so I think there’s reason to believe Dallas can win easily once again. In the three games since that win, the Mavs have been a top-10 defense in the paint, allowing just 44 points on average. That has a lot to do with Dwight Powell re-entering the rotation, and he should be looked to once again to lock down Collins and Clint Capela.
I’m firing up the Bulls here, who collide with what should be a very tired Pelicans side after a tough one on Tuesday night against the Rockets. While I was on them yesterday, I’m fading New Orleans playing just its third back-to-back, in favor of the Bulls who have essentially been either winning or losing by one possession for the better part of two weeks. They’re a better team than their record would show, ranking ninth in defensive efficiency over the past 10 games, and I’m not rating the Pelicans’ win so much against a weak Rockets defense missing its anchor in Christian Wood. New Orleans should be in for a rude awakening with this defensive unit.
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