Seven NBA games on Monday including the Trail Blazers against Julius Randle’s Knicks, but with CJ McCollum out The Wolf’s focus is on Damian Lillard looking for his third consecutive 30+ point game. Here are Monday’s NBA tips.
The Frenchman has returned from a back injury at the perfect time for Orlando, with the Magic in desperate need of some scoring and Evan Fournier hasn’t let them down in his two games back.
Fournier was on a minutes limit in his return against the Timberwolves, ending up playing 28 minutes but it didn’t affect him too much as he managed 21 shot attempts, finishing with 24 points. His minutes jumped up last game to 35, and although his field goal attempts were down to 14 he was much more efficient against the Pacers with 26 points.
Although the Hornets aren’t a bad defensive team this season, it’s clear that Fournier’s job is to get buckets for Orlando as they genuinely lack pure scorers, so although he may not have 20+ The Wolf thinks he’s certainly a good thing to clear his line of 15.5.
The Trail Blazers have been horribly inconsistent this season, but they do find themselves with a positive record at 8-6. Both CJ McCollum and Jusuf Nurkic will be missing for an extended period of time with injury, with McCollum a huge loss for Portland, while the Bosnian hasn’t really fired a shot so far this season which means extra minutes for Enes Kanter.
Portland face the New York Knicks who won three in a row before falling short against the Kings, but this appears a tough match-up when they travel to Portland.
New York’s offensive weapons have been Julius Randle and RJ Barrett, averaging 20+ in the last four games for the Knicks – their next best is Mitchell Robinson at 11 a game. Defensively, the Trail Blazers have had plenty of trouble defending scoring guards, but they won’t have this issue against New York.
Portland’s two defensive players are Robert Covington and Derek Jones Jnr, playing the exact positions that Randle and Barrett play. As a result, Covington and Jones Jnr won’t need to defend out of position, and this makes the defensive match-up perfect for Portland – a team that’s had constant defensive battles over the last 18 months.
No CJ means Damian Lillard goes big. He had 35 against the Spurs last game, and 36 points in 42 minutes against the Hawks when CJ went down. He’s had 30+ in eight of his 14 games this season, including 35+ in three of his last four games. Expect Dame to be determined to get the Blazers a much needed win.
Evan Fournier Over 15.5 Points, Damian Lillard 30+ Points, Collin Sexton 20+ Points, Bucks Win = $5.76
NBA Same Game Multi Tips
Raptors Win / Malcolm Brogdon 20+ Points / Domantas Sabonis 4+ Assists = $4.20
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander 20+ Points / Kawhi Leonard Under 6.5 Rebounds / Paul George 4+ Assists = $4.50
Kemba Walker Under 19.5 Points / Collin Sexton 20+ Points / Andre Drummond 12+ Rebounds = $4.00
Evan Fournier Over 15.5 Points / LaMelo Ball Over 5.5 Rebounds / LaMelo Ball 4+ Assists = $4.00
Bucks Win / Giannis Antetokounmpo Under 29.5 Points / Giannis Antetokounmpo Under 11.5 Rebounds / Khris Middleton 4+ Assists = $4.50
Trail Blazers Win / Damian Lillard 30+ Points / Julius Randle Over 11.5 Rebounds = $5.00