Here’s how to best navigate Thursday’s NBA action via DraftKings Sportsbook.
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McCollum didn’t eclipse this number in his final three games as a member of the Trail Blazers. But this is the start of a new journey for the guard — plus, let’s not ignore he was averaging 20.5 points per game for Portland. Whenever star-type players are in this sort of situation, they seem to experience a combination of excitement and a need to show they were worth the deal. Perhaps even prove they weren’t part of the problem with their old team?
But, this momentous day for McCollum looks like it will be a challenge on the surface because of who the Pelicans are playing Thursday — the Heat. Miami has one of the best defensive ratings in the NBA and moves at one of the slowest paces. However, if you take a look on the DFS side of things, the Heat are the ninth-worst team against opposing shooting guards. A big reason for that: Miami has given up the fourth-more points per game to the position.
So, we just talked about a team that’s given up the fourth-most points per game to the shooting guard position. Guess who’s right there with Miami at the bottom of the pile? You guessed it: Detroit. But instead of going with the over on Bane’s point total (17.5), I like his 3-pointers made prop for Thursday’s action.
Bane has nailed three-plus 3-pointers in 29 of 52 games played this season. While some of those instances occurred when some of his teammates were sidelined, he’s gotten up five or more 3-pointers in each of his last six games. Bane, a 40.8% shooter from beyond the arc, is only shooting a measly 32.6% during said six-game stretch. Over the last two games, he’s 1-for-11 from deep. He’s due. Plus, not only is he facing a team that gives up quite a bit of points to shooting guards, but the Pistons are also among the 10 worst teams in 3-pointers made per game by opposing shooting guards.
Editor’s Note: Raptors PG Fred VanVleet (groin) has been ruled out for tonight’s game vs. the Rockets.
The only concern about the Raptors in this matchup: the potential for Pascal Siakam and Fred VanVleet to sit out since it’s the second leg of a back-to-back. VanVleet disappointed from a fantasy standpoint on Wednesday, but he and Siakam have been rolling. And now they have a chance to pick on Houston.
The Rockets are home underdogs yet again on Thursday — a label they’ve been handed 21 times this season. Houston has only covered in six of those 21 games. The Raptors, who’ve covered the fourth-most of any team this season, are 4-1 ATS as road favorites.
Now, when the Rockets have a rest advantage, they are 5-5 ATS. Not a good number, but better than some of their other splits. That said, the Raptors are 7-4 ATS when they have a rest disadvantage. More importantly, when playing on the second leg of a back-to-back, Toronto is 8-2 ATS.
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