Aaand we’re back. After taking a pause for the All-Star Game, the NBA returns on Wednesday with a pair of primetime games. With not much to pick from, we’ll cover the entire slate 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.
Before the break, Russell Westbrook was hot...and the Grizzlies were not. Memphis shot a dismal 29.9% from three over its past eight games, the second-worst mark in the league, and was just 45% from the field overall. This would explain the Grizzlies’ 21st-ranked offense over the span, which checked in with a 108.2 efficiency rating. The shooting and scoring numbers are particularly interesting here, because both teams ranked in the top six in pace over the last eight heading into the break.
Washington’s offense should get plenty of opportunities to continue shining, and that’s where Westbrook comes in. Over his last 10 games, he averaged a triple-double with 21.6 points, 11.0 rebounds and 11.1 assists. After a nice six-day break, Westbrook’s injury troubles of the first half should be a distant memory, and after watching all his friends play in the All-Star Game without him for the first time in six seasons, I expect hunger and attitude to combine with freshness, making way for a big night.
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I’m going to join what seems like the consensus here and lay points with Dallas. The Mavs’ starting five is finally going to be fully healthy, and the lineup leads the league with a 131.2 Offensive Rating. This is a team which rides in with nine wins in 11 tries before the break, and covering in four of six prior to the layoff. Dallas ranked fifth with a +4.8 Net Rating over its winning run, and I expect it to pick right back up where it left off against a Spurs defense that has wilted in the face of good offensive play over the last month. This is a game where, if played two weeks ago, I’d be all over the Spurs. Dallas sitting at full strength will make a world of a difference. I think the Mavs’ will revert to their elite form we saw earlier in the season.
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