The Beard is playing a different role with Brooklyn which has him leading the league in assists this season – and The Wolf’s backing another big assist game when the Nets face the Clippers.
It all begins early Monday morning with the Celtics and Pelicans tipping off at 7am shown live on Kayo, so set the alarm clock and expect a monster assist game from Jayson Tatum.
James Harden’s points output has been inconsistent since arriving in Brooklyn, but not his assist numbers.
The Beard has spoken openly to the media about his role with the Nets and being more of a distributor with Kyrie and KD around him, and although Durant won’t play against the Clippers, Harden should still clear his assist numbers.
Last time the Nets played the Clippers three weeks back, Harden recorded a triple-double with 23 points, 12 rebounds and 14 assists.
Since joining the Nets, Harden has produced some monster assist games averaging 11.7 from his 17 games with Brooklyn and clearing the 10.5 assist line in 14 of those 17 games, including the last four.
With Kyrie looking to bounce back offensively after a quiet game against the Lakers, expect Harden to get him involved this game against the Clippers and for a big assist tally.
Jayson Tatum is another that has been erratic on the offensive end recently, but his assist numbers have spiked considerably of late in comparison to the beginning of the season.
In the playoffs last season Tatum demonstrated an all-round offensive game posting big assist and rebound numbers, but to start the season we didn’t see it. In his first 14 games of the 20/21 season Tatum averaged just 3.6 assists – quite a low number considering a usage of 31.
But his last ten games have been a much different story, with Tatum averaging 6.3 assists and clearing his assist line of 4.5 in 7 of his last 10 games including his last three.
Expecting to start as a Small Forward on Monday against the Pelicans, Tatum has a great opportunity to tally up big assist numbers with New Orleans conceding assists to Small Forwards 23% above average over the last month – the second easiest in the NBA for that position. The easiest team in the NBA is the Nuggets who Tatum faced just five days ago – he produced 8 assists in a win for the Celtics.
Tatum should easily clear the 4.5 line – the value is at 6+ at $2.30, 8+ at $5 and 10+ at $15, recording double-digit assists twice already this season.
James Harden Over 10.5 Assists, Jayson Tatum Over 4.5 Assists, Nikola Jokic 25+ Points, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander 15+ Points = $5.53
NBA Same Game Multi Tips
Kemba Walker 15+ Points / Jayson Tatum Over 4.5 Assists / Zion Williamson Over 3.5 Assists = $4.33
Under 211.5 Points / Evan Fournier 15+ Points / Nikola Vucevic Over 12.5 Rebounds = $4.75
Joel Embiid 30+ Points / Ben Simmons 15+ Points / Tobias Harris Over 2.5 Assists = $5.00
Thunder Win / Shai Gilgeous-Alexander 20+ Points / Jarrett Allen 15+ Points = $5.00
Ricky Rubio Over 8.5 Points / Nerlens Noel Over 6.5 Points / Julius Randle 10+ Rebounds = $4.33
Nikola Jokic Over 25.5 Points / John Collins 15+ Points / Trae Young 10+ Assists = $4.33
Kyrie Irving 25+ Points / Patrick Beverley Over 8.5 Points / James Harden Over 10.5 Assists = $5.25
Khris Middleton Under 21.5 Points / Giannis Antetokounmpo 12+ Rebounds / Khris Middleton Over 5.5 Assists = $6.75