Kyrie Irving OVER 3.5 threes (-118)
The Nets have lost ground in the Eastern Conference standings over the last couple of weeks. The big reason is because of the loss of Kevin Durant. They still hold the four seed in the standings, and when they get back Durant, they should get back where they were.
They get the Lakers, who are coming off a tough overtime loss to the Celtics. There was a big controversy at the end of regulation, where the ref missed an obvious foul on LeBron James that could set them up to win.
With several Lakers out in this game, including James, this could be all Nets, and Irving continues to be their best scorer. Los Angeles has been vulnerable from deep, allowing the seventh most threes to points guards this year.
This young Thunder team is on a nice run. They are 8-3 in their last 11 games, with wins against the Nets, Nuggets, 76ers, and Cavaliers. They’re climbing up in the standings and are just a half of a game out of the final playoff spot and would love to capture another big win going against the world champions.
One spot where they do not match up is in the post. Jalen Williams and Aleksej Pokusevski each allow over 60% within five feet and the most points per game to power forwards.
Draymond has gone over this total in four of the last five against better defensive matchups.
The Kings are the best story in the NBA this year. With the longest playoff drought of the four major sports, they should end that as they are currently the three-seed. They’re not going to lock down their opponent with defense, but with the best-scoring offense, they don’t need to.
They have a few playmakers, but Fox is leading the way as the team’s top scorer. They’ll face the Timberwolves for the second time in 48 hours. In the last game, Fox had a slow start but surged later in a close game to lead the team with 29 points and six assists.
Fox should take advantage of the shaky perimeter defense again that is 15th in Efficient Field Goal Percentage allowed and the fifth-most points to point guards and seven-worse assist percentage in the league.