A return home for the Nets means saying goodbye, for now, to Kyrie Irving as they return from a 2-2 road trip. Brooklyn is still trying to find its way after losing Kevin Durant and the inconsistent appearances for Irving. The books are expecting a big night for James Harden, but the Nets might also be down some depth in Nicolas Claxton, missing his eighth straight game. The Lakers hit town winners of just two of their last five games, but they get a positive boost with the probable return of Anthony Davis to the lineup. This will be the first time in 17 games Los Angeles will have its trio of LeBron James, Russell Westbrook and Davis.
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Lakers -2.5 (-110, DraftKings)
This is a play on circumstance more than anything else. The Lakers are under a full possession on the road, and that is a steal with the return of Davis and the absence of both Durant and Irving. Davis was upgraded to probable earlier in the day and should see a healthy number of minutes, at least to make a decent-sized impact on the game. Westbrook has had strong moments, including a near-triple-double against the Heat, and James will thrive with Davis returning to add some spacing to the floor. The Nets are down to Harden and Patty Mills to slow down a healthy Lakers backcourt that is aggressive and can shoot the 3. Do not make this too confusing — one team is back to a big three, while the other team is down to just one. Being at home does not change the inevitable for the Nets. Head over to OddsShopper and see the Lakers under 3 points, which is the best bet on the board in this game.
James Harden Under 28.5 Points (-115, PointsBet)
It was a rough night for Harden, at least according to the free projections from Awesemo. OddsShopper loves going under this number, which also correlates with the Nets losing this game. Awesemo’s projection is just 23 points for Harden, and OddsShopper has a 75% chance of this bet hitting. It is the highest-ranked bet by expected win rate in this game. The expected ROI (xROI) is at 41%, which is also one of the best across the entire league. Without his two other All-Stars, and a more complete Lakers team, it is easier to see Harden struggling from the floor. The data is screaming to fade him.
Russell Westbrook Under 17.5 Points (-104, FanDuel)
This is another play straight off the free projections on OddsShopper. Westbrook is projected to finish with 15.6 points, as the bet carries a 61% chance of going under. It requires laying a little juice on the bet at FanDuel and has a 21% xROI on the play. The number itself is somewhat sharp, but with Davis back, expect a little dip in Westbrook’s points. His assists continue to rise and should benefit from Davis’ return, but fewer points makes sense. He is also one poor shooting night away from finishing with 8 points.
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LeBron James Under 29.5 Points (-115, FanDuel)
Notice the trend? The anticipated return of a volume scorer at a key position for the Lakers should reduce both James’ and Westbrook’s point production. OddsShopper has James finishing with 27 points, so plenty of ammo to do damage, but it is below the total. OddsShopper sees a 61% chance of this bet staying under and a 15% xROI. James comes off games with 33 and 29 points, so he is not destroying this number without Davis on the floor. James should have a solid game, but the scoring will take a slight hit, as there should be an equal bump in assists and rebounds.
Avery Bradley 3+ 3’s (+370, FanDuel)
The Long Distance Launch focuses on a player whose scoring output could benefit with the return of Davis. As the Lakers adjust their rotation, Avery Bradley should still get a healthy number of deep looks. He is coming off a huge 4-9 night from 3, but more importantly, he was the lone player who could knock down a deep shot. The Lakers may not have a choice but to go back to Bradley again from 3, and Davis is not taking away any of those shots. Bradley can also benefit from the added spacing of another shooter and post presence on the floor. Expect at least five attempts from 3 tonight for Bradley, which is enough volume to play this bet.
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