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Duren Highlights NBA Who’s Hot, Who’s Not Bettor’s Report

Points have become a bit harder to come by in recent weeks. Fatigue, injuries, and a general increase in intensity have a lot to do with that. There have also been some whispers that the league – ever since that All-Star Game debacle – is making an effort through officiating means to limit scoring.

Whatever it is, we’re seeing less and less of those video game numbers that dotted the box scores in November and December. It makes it a little harder to find the truly red-hot players in the mix, but this NBA basketball update will attempt to single out a few.

Duren Highlights NBA Who’s Hot, Who’s Not Bettor’s Report
Grayson Allen #8 of the Phoenix Suns - Chris Coduto/Getty Images/AFP


1. Eastern Conference Who’s Hot

  • Darius Garland: A Who’s Not entry just one week ago, Garland has turned the tables with several big games. He’s scored 30-plus twice in his last four games and is 13-for-20 from the arc over the last two. The star guard also managed to dole out 11 assists in a huge win at New Orleans on Wednesday.
  • Dejounte Murray: As the Hawks await the return of Trae Young, Murray is doing his best to keep them somewhat competitive. Two of his three 40-point games this season have come in the last three contests – both on the road. He’s made 16 3-pointers in 33 chances in that three-game span. And in the one game in that stretch in which he didn’t score 40, Murray still found time to record a game-high 11 assists in a loss to the Pelicans.
  • Jalen Duren: Four players in NBA history have had at least 20 points, 20 rebounds, five assists, and an 88% mark from the floor in a single game. Wilt Chamberlain, Willis Reed, and Domantas Sabonis were the first three, and Duren became the fourth with a 24-point, 23-rebound effort vs Toronto on Wednesday. He leads the NBA with three 20/20 games this season and is a big reason why the Pistons are becoming a better choice for your NBA picks.


2. Western Conference Who’s Hot

  • Daniel Gafford: This guy does almost everything with a dunk, so it’s not like he’s burning up the nets from 24 feet out. But we have to give him his due for finding his spots underneath and getting to the rim with authority. Gafford carried a run of 33 straight made shots into Thursday’s visit to Oklahoma City, two shy of Wilt’s all-time record. Gafford unfortunately missed his first attempt to end the streak but still finished 8-for-11 in a 19-point, 15-rebound effort. He’s 41-for-44 from the floor over a six-game span.

  • Austin Reaves: Reaves was a bright spot in the Lakers’ loss at Sacramento on Wednesday with 28 points and a 7-for-12 showing from long range. He’s been a steady contributor for Los Angeles all season, but more so of late, averaging 19.7 PPG while shooting 56.1% from the arc over the last six games.

  • Grayson Allen: We know what this guy is. He’s a great shooter on a team with plenty of other weapons, which affords him loads of open looks. When he’s hitting like he is now, though, Allen deserves some praise. He’s made 4 of 5 3’s each of the last two games and went 16-for-26 in two games last week. The surge has his NBA-leading 3-point percentage up to 47.9 and it would take a pretty big slump for him not to win the category.


3. Eastern Conference Who’s Not

  • Cole Anthony: He had a solid game out of the break but has since struggled to find his stroke. Anthony is shooting 37.8% over the past 10 games and is just 3-for-23 from long distance over the past seven. Anthony had only six points vs Brooklyn on Wednesday in just his fourth game without a single 3-point attempt. Avoid him for now for your NBA bets.

  • Donte DiVincenzo: This is all relative, as DiVincenzo is enjoying a fantastic season with the Knicks and was likely due for a cooldown at some point. And this is just a tiny cooldown, something he’ll bounce back from in no time. The sharpshooting guard is hitting on 31% of his shots over the last four games, 12-for-39 from the arc.


  • Ochai Agbaji: He’s been given an opportunity to boost his resume by getting into the starting lineup for the Raptors, but Agbaji isn’t turning many heads on the offensive end. He’s 3-for-19 from the arc over the last eight games and is shooting just 35.7% overall as a Raptor.


4. Western Conference Who’s Not

  • James Harden: He was forced to sit out Thursday’s win in Chicago due to a shoulder issue. Maybe that’s what was causing him to miss so many shots lately. Harden is shooting 37.3% in his last six games. He had an 0-for-10 game to begin that stretch and is just 8-for-27 from long range over the last four.


  • Jonas Valanciunas: This big man has hit a little lull, going 5-for-16 from the floor over the last three games. While the lack of accuracy is one thing, the fact that he’s averaged just 17.0 minutes in those three contests is notable. Maybe he just needs to clear a little physical wall before finishing strong, but for now, he’s not the best NBA bet.


  • Royce O’Neale: While teammate Allen cooks, O’Neale has been off the mark. He’s 0-for-9 over the past two games, with all nine attempts coming from long range, and is just 1-for-18 over the last three.



Questions Of The Day


What should those doing some online betting look for with these players on Friday?

See what Duren can do against the Heat, who lack inside muscle. Bam Adebayo has been struggling anyway and could be hitting a bit of a wall himself. Look for Duren to have another big game and see what’s offered on that end at the sportsbook.

What else is new in the NBA news and rumors cycle?

Among the notable off-court items this week was news that Ben Simmons would have a second back surgery in the past three years.


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