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NBA Who’s Hot, Who’s Not: Doncic Streaking, Curry Hurting

We’re set for another fun weekend of basketball as mid-March approaches. The college game will take center stage in just a little bit, but here’s another NBA basketball update for you, focusing on who’s doing well and who hasn’t in the past week or so.

 

NBA Who’s Hot, Who’s Not: Doncic Streaking, Curry Hurting
Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors and Luka Doncic #77 of the Dallas Mavericks | Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

Eastern Conference Who’s Hot

1. Jaylen Brown: Two straight appearances for this Celtic, who had another 41 points in a loss at Denver on Thursday while running mate Jayson Tatum was going through some things. Brown is now averaging 28.3 PPG since the All-Star break while shooting 56% from the floor. He might’ve made a run at 50 on Thursday if he didn’t struggle at the line (7-for-14) and a little bit from the arc (2-for-7)

2. RJ Barrett: Barrett played 26 games for the Knicks this season, averaging 18.2 PPG on 42.3% shooting. He’s now played 26 games for the Raptors, averaging 20.6 PPG on 55.5% shooting. Over his last six games he’s been even better, making 60% of his shots while posting a 22.3 scoring average.

3. Dennis Schroder: A teammate of Barrett’s for a brief spell in Toronto, Schroder has fit in well for a Brooklyn team that needed a steadying hand. The veteran scored a season-high 31 points at Detroit on Thursday, the bright spot in an otherwise bad loss. He’s averaging 19.1 PPG in seven straight starts for the Nets.

Western Conference Who’s Hot

1. Luka Doncic: It’s impossible not to give Doncic his due as he puts forth one of the best streaks of his career. He’s posted five straight 30-point triple-doubles – tied with Russell Westbrook for the longest streak in NBA history – and is the first ever with four straight 35-point triple-doubles. The league’s leading scorer could make a late push to improve his NBA betting odds for MVP, but his Mavericks will need to get red-hot to get the attention of more voters.

2. Trey Murphy III: This guy chucks up a ton of 3-pointers (72.5% of his field goal attempts are from long range) and lately they’ve been going in. He made 10 of 14 in a 34-point performance off the bench at Toronto on Tuesday and is 24-for-45 (53.3%) over the last four games. That’ll help round out the potent attack for the Pelicans, who we think are a sneaky underdog pick on the NBA Finals odds sheet.

3. Michael Porter Jr.: Okay, he was held to nine points against Boston on Thursday and a bit off the mark in a 20-point effort vs Phoenix on Tuesday, but we have to mention what Porter did in his previous two games. After notching 30 points and 11 rebounds in a tight win over Miami, he stole the thunder from LeBron’s 40,000-point game by making all 10 of his shots in a win at LA. Porter made five 3-pointers in that game.

Eastern Conference Who’s Not

1. Tyrese Haliburton: You sorta wondered if the frenetic style the Pacers were playing earlier in the season – with Haliburton putting up video game numbers – was going to level off. It certainly has, and his numbers have gone down as well. The talented point guard is averaging 13.9 PPG while shooting 20.8% from the arc over his last seven games, including a goose egg on 0-for-7 shooting at New Orleans on March 1.

2. Darius Garland: This one comes with a few disclaimers. Cleveland’s Garland is still getting his points (20.4 PPG last five), making threes (49.1% in that span) and distributing the rock (6.4 assists). But he’s going through a rather jarring stretch INSIDE the arc that we just cannot ignore. Garland is 10-for-43 (23%) on 2-point shots starting with a game vs Dallas on Feb. 27. For perspective, he shoots 50.3% on 2-point shots for the season.

3. Malik Beasley: We’ve had this streaky Buck here before and he’s just as likely to be in the Who’s Hot category next week. He’s 2-for-20 from long range over his last three games, scoring five points or fewer in all three.

Western Conference Who’s Not

1. Stephen Curry: He suffered an ankle injury in Golden State’s loss to Chicago on Thursday, putting a painful end to another rough-shooting night. He was 5-for-18 against the Bulls and is shooting 35.8% (31.7% from long range) over the last eight games.

2. Jordan Clarkson: He had a 38-point explosion the other night against Washington, but in Utah’s last four games against teams not from the nation’s capital, he’s shot 9-for-37 from the floor. In fact, Clarkson hasn’t shot 50% or better in any games since the start of February except against the Wizards, which should come with an asterisk.

3. Tim Hardaway Jr.: Another streaky guy who can turn it around in a hurry, Hardaway is going through a cold spell. He was 3-for-11 in Thursday’s win over Miami and is 6-for-27 over the last three games, including 4-for-17 from the arc.

 

 

Questions of the Day

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


See what Murphy does against the Sixers, who have allowed 3-point shooters to go off a few times without Joel Embiid in the lineup.

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The talk around Jayson Tatum and the Celtics will only increase as the season intensifies. This super-talented Boston squad has had some notable late-game swoons in the playoffs in recent years and with two straight poor clutch efforts by Tatum in losses to Cleveland and Denver, some are wondering what will happen in May and June.

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