The trade deadline is occupying all NBA headlines at the moment, but there’s still plenty for punters to look out for on the court.
Paul George Shortens Again
For the third week on the bounce, Paul George has shortened as the favourite in the Defensive Player of the Year award.
He was on the third line of betting at $4.50 a month ago. However, as the Thunder continue to dominate while owning the third-best defensive rating in the NBA, George is now the $2.50 favourite.
Anthony Davis remains in the hunt at $4.33, but it’s Rudy Gobert that deserves the next look. Snubbed from the All-Star game, the Frenchman is still a chance at taking the DPOY award away from George.
Warriors & Cousins
Oh oh, the Warriors look better than most expected with DeMarcus Cousins in the lineup. The feeling was Cousins may take a few months to find his feet. He barely needed a few games.
If we needed any evidence that Cousins will fully recover from his Achilles injury, this dunk on poor Kyle Kuzma should do the trick.
Ashes to ashes
Dust to dust
He has been dunked into the Earth's crust
By the power vested in me by The Comment Senate, I hearby bury Kyle Kuzma and condemn him to the Aron Baynes Memorial Graveyard.
Sorry man 🙁 pic.twitter.com/XyWx0ePrBL
— Rob Perez (@WorldWideWob) February 3, 2019
Winners of 12 from their last 13 and six of seven with Boogie on the court, the Warriors are looking scary good as $1.55 favourites for the NBA championship.
Bucks: NBA’s Best
Plenty of people expected good things out of the Bucks this season. Nobody tipped them to have the best record in the NBA as the calendar is flicked over to February, though. With a 38-13 record on the back of an MVP-calibre season from Giannis Antetokounmpo, the Bucks have announced themselves as challengers in the East.
"This team is really dangerous, especially when we move the ball and move our bodies. We are going to get a lot of open shots." pic.twitter.com/hbgmh4aA1t
— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) February 3, 2019
However, our traders aren’t all that interested in Milwaukee was Eastern Conference champions.
La La Land Heating Up
It’s not all going to plan in Los Angeles for LeBron James.
He didn’t play, but the locker room hosted a heated debate amongst Lakers veterans and their coach following the 115-101 loss to the Warriors. Perhaps it’s the uncertainty around potential trades for Anthony Davis?
As uncertainty surrounds Lakers into deadline week, several veterans — including Michael Beasley — had an emotionally-charged verbal exchange with head coach Luke Walton postgame tonight, league sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @WatchStadium. It stopped short of turning physical.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 3, 2019
Nobody – other than James – knows whether they are coming or going. Every game could be their last in purple and gold. For punters, it’s best to avoid the Lakers until after the deadline.
NBA Against The Spread Trends
The Raptors might be one of the best teams in the NBA and favourites to win the East, but getting behind them on a game-by-game basis is a big no-no for punters. They now have the league’s worst record against the spread, failing to cover any of their three games last week.
The Mavericks, on the other hand, have covered seven in a row. It may be worth treading carefully though. With Tim Hardaway Jr expected to take on a considerable role in the team when he arrives from New York, the Mavericks could drop a few as they figure things out.
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