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

If you can take a break from the NCAA action, you’ll see there’s loads to take in on the NBA news and rumors page. And if you’re setting up for a wager or two on that front, you’ll want to know which players are lighting it up and which need to take a seat. Read on for that information and good luck. As always, we’ll tend to highlight a few lesser figures instead of strictly focusing on the All-Stars and their hot streaks/slumps.

 

Edwards Highlights NBA Who’s Hot, Who’s Not Bettor’s Report
Anthony Edwards #5 of the Minnesota Timberwolves | David Berding/Getty Images/AFP

Eastern Conference Who’s Hot

  • Ayo Dosunmu: Donsunmu worked his way back into the Bulls’ starting lineup near the end of January and made it stick with some solid play. He took his game to another level in the wake of Coby White’s recent hip injury, scoring 34 points and 23 points – respectively – in the last two games that White missed. When Coby returned to the lineup at Houston on Thursday, it didn’t matter to Dosunmu…he poured in a career-high 35 points while making 5 of 6 3-pointers.
  • Vasilije Micic: This 30-year-old rookie was used as bait in the Gordon Hayward deal, which opened up a nice opportunity for him in Charlotte. Micic has run with that chance, starting each of the last nine games for the Hornets. Maybe nobody’s paying attention to what Charlotte is doing as it plays out the string, but those of you betting online will want to know what he’s doing in that stretch. Well, he’s averaging a healthy 16.3 points per game – 19.3 while shooting 66% over the last four.
  • Al Horford: You don’t get high volume from Horford anymore, haven’t for a few seasons. He’s one of many guys who ring the perimeter for Boston just waiting for someone to penetrate and kick. He’s been more than ready lately, nailing 13 of 19 3-pointers (68.4%) over his last four games.

 

Western Conference Who’s Hot

  • Deandre Ayton: Let’s ignore the eight-point effort he had in his last outing against the Clippers on Wednesday. Prior to that, Ayton had a six-game run in which he averaged 26.8 points on 64% shooting while hauling in 15.0 rebounds. He even made his first 3-pointer of the season during that stretch.
  • Anthony Edwards: The dunk heard ‘round the world is just part of what’s been a phenomenal run for this Timberwolves star. Starting with a 44-point showing at Indiana on March 7 – a game he sealed with a blocked shot at the horn – he’s averaging 31.1 points over a seven-game span. For good measure, Edwards has eight assists in each of his last two games.
  • Grayson Allen: Two weeks in a row! It’s just hard to ignore how prolific Allen is right now from the arc, especially at a time when a lot of guys are starting to hit a wall. Including a 9-for-15 effort from long range vs Philly on Wednesday, Allen is hitting at a 55.8% percent clip over the last six games, which comes not long after he had eight made 3’s in back-to-back games. Barring something freakish like 20 straight misses, he’ll run away with the 3-point crown.

 

Eastern Conference Who’s Not

  • Tyrese Haliburton: It’s all relative with this budding superstar, as he’s still doing plenty of great things on the court for the Pacers. But perhaps his legs are feeling the grind of the long season. Haliburton is missing a ton of 3-pointers. Beginning with back-to-back 0-for-6 efforts to start the month, he’s hitting on just 17.6% from the arc in March – 4-for-27 over the last four games. And before you go bashing Haliburton for messing up one of your parlays or something like that, consider what he sees while scrolling the socials. Some interesting words here from the young Pacer on how players manage themselves in a sports world surrounded by online betting.

  • Bojan Bogdanovic: This veteran has bolstered the Knicks bench at a time when they really needed it, with multiple injuries to front-line guys. But after piling up a few 20-point efforts just after the All-Star break, Bogdanovic has struggled to find his stroke. He’s averaging just 5.3 points per game on 31.8% shooting (26.3% from long range) over a seven-game span, including a 1-for-5 in a loss at Denver on Thursday.
  • Patty Mills: A relative afterthought in Atlanta earlier this season, Mills found another opportunity with the Heat. He’s been given plenty of playing time and even earned a start in Miami’s win over Cleveland on Wednesday, but the shots are not falling. In the last five games, the guy who hit 227 3-pointers just two seasons ago is 5-for-31 from the field, and 2-for-23 from the arc.

 

Western Conference Who’s Not

  • Draymond Green: We know what you’re thinking. He’s not there to score. But a shot is a shot is a shot, and when they go in it helps the team. In fact, the Warriors are 9-4 when Green makes multiple 3-pointers and 10-4 when he scores in double figures. But he’s missed 10 straight 3-point tries over the last four-plus games. He’s doing all the other stuff, so it’s not a big deal.
  • PJ Washington: We recently highlighted how Washington has been a nice fit for red-hot Dallas, and we stand by that. However, they’d love for him to make a few more shots. Starting with a 4-for-12 effort against Miami on March 7, Washington is shooting 32.9% while averaging 7.4 points – roughly five below his season average. Just 6 of 38 3-pointers have gone in during that stretch. He’s a sure fade at the sportsbook.
  • Brice Sensabaugh: There are always several players like Sensabaugh, a rookie on a team playing out the string, that get a late-season opportunity to show what they’re made of. In Sensabaugh’s case, he’s made of missed 3-pointers. The Ohio State product is a remarkable 1-for-24 from the arc over his last seven games.

 

 

 

 

Questions of the Day

Which of these guys should be on the radar for Friday night?


It’ll be interesting to see what Edwards can do against Cleveland. Ayton gets another crack at the Clippers.

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


Giannis Antetokounmpo came back from a hamstring injury to help the Bucks get a win over Brooklyn. His condition will be a constant source of discussion over the coming weeks.

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