Everyone is stuffed and lethargic the day after Thanksgiving. Except for those in the NBA, as nearly every team is in action. It’s a great time to see who’s playing well and who isn’t as we prepare to put together our best bet NBA tonight.
Eastern Conference Who’s Hot
- Buddy Hield – We had him in the Who’s Not section a week ago and led off that summary with “He will get red hot at some point soon.” Well, it happened in a heartbeat, as Hield followed two games in which he scored a total of seven points with a remarkable shooting display for Indiana at Atlanta on Tuesday, going 6-for-6 from behind the arc. He followed that with a season-high 31 points vs Toronto the next night, burying seven more triples.
- Malik Beasley – This has proven to be a sneaky good addition for the Bucks, who signed him in July as a nice complementary piece alongside the big guns. Beasley has started every game for Milwaukee and is ninth in the NBA in 3-point percentage (47.6). He had 14 made 3s over two games at Toronto and Charlotte last week, averaging 25.0 PPG.
- Jaime Jaquez Jr. – The Rookie of the Year race might not be the slam dunk most thought it would be. Chet Holmgren is on par with Victor Wembanyama out West and this Miami Heat first-year standout is on fire. Jazquez is 8-for-9 from behind the arc over his last three games and is averaging 15 points over his last seven games (six off the bench).
Western Conference Who’s Hot
- Kevin Durant – Some love for one of the old-timers, who has turned the clock back in impressive fashion. The league leader in 3-point percentage (52.2) is an incredible 24-for-36 from the arc over his last seven games for Phoenix. We’ve expressed concern over his usage (leads the West in total minutes) as a factor with any NBA picks at the sportsbook, but for now he’s as sure a thing as there is in the league and one of the NBA hot picks today at Memphis.
I am very, very happy to have Kevin Durant on the Phoenix Suns 🥲 pic.twitter.com/pMatgyHjpU
— John Voita (@DarthVoita) October 27, 2023
- Domantas Sabonis – While Sacramento teammate De’Aaron Fox does his thing, Sabonis just motors on. He’s scored at least 23 points in six of his last seven games, averaging 24.0 points on 72.4% shooting in that span.
- Isaiah Joe – The Oklahoma City Thunder have something cooking, and this hot-shooting backup is an unheralded reason why. Joe had a 7-for-7 effort from long range at Golden State last week, part of a scorching six-game stretch in which he’s shooting 76% from long range. He’s second to Durant overall at 51.8% on 3’s.
Eastern Conference Who’s Not
- Gordon Hayward – Give the oft-injured Hayward credit for playing in 13 of the first 14 games for Charlotte. Maybe he could use a night off, though, as the veteran star is shooting 27.1% over his last five games while averaging 7.2 points. For perspective, he averaged 18.6 points on 48% shooting over his first eight contests.
- Jrue Holiday – It’s all relative. This Celtics guard can lock down anyone on the floor and he provides so much in other areas. But a 1-for-8 shooting effort against his old Milwaukee mates left Holiday with a career-worst 42.0% mark from the floor.
- Jevon Carter – The Bulls have been a regular contributor to the Who’s Not section early in the season, and we’re highlighting Carter this week. Brought on to provide depth at the point guard position, he does other things (defense, toughness) independent of his shooting, but the team would love to see something better than his current 5-for-28 showing over the last five games.
Western Conference Who’s Not
- Taurean Prince – The Lakers have a handful of sidelined individuals, namely Jarred Vanderbilt, who could cut into Prince’s minutes if he doesn’t get going soon. The veteran actually might be coming out of it, as he was 6-for-10 against Dallas on Wednesday. In his previous two games he was 2-for-19 from the floor and he’s shooting a career-low 27.4% from the arc.
- Shaedon Sharpe – An early leader in the NBA in minutes per game (he’s now fifth), The TrailBlazers’ Sharpe may be showing signs of too much time on the floor. He’s averaging 10.3 points – 6.6 below his season average – while shooting 38% over the last three games.
- Jalen Green – An up-and-down Rockets player who has been a regular in the Who’s Hot section in the past, Green is currently in a slump, at least from long range (he’s been fine elsewhere). He made 5 of 22 3-pointers over the last two games and is 11-for-45 from the arc over his last six contests.
Questions Of The Day
Should we be concerned about the Los Angeles Lakers' struggles?
No. They’re 9-7 through their first 16 games after starting 5-11 last season before racing to the Western Conference Finals.
What are the most exciting young rivalries in the NBA right now?
It hasn’t blossomed yet, and one side of the equation isn’t exactly young, but we think the Heat and Magic will create some drama in Florida this season.