Three weeks into the NBA’s regular season we’re seeing some incredible individual numbers. Let’s take a look here at some of the best early-season performances and figure out which statistics could become trends in the coming weeks.
Someone’s enjoying being the go-to scorer. While Lauri Markkanen is sidelined with an elbow injury, it’s been all LaVine in the scoring department. He has scored 20 or more points in all 11 games for the Bulls, something that hasn’t been done in Chicago since Michael Jordan in the 80s.
The big story here is that he’s getting his 26.6 points per game in efficient fashion; he’s shooting a career-best 46.8% from the field and is getting to the line a career-best 7.7 times per game. He had a career-high 41 points in a win over the Knicks on Monday.
Markkanen will be sidelined through at least most of November, meaning LaVine will continue to post gaudy numbers. Bet him at 888Sport every chance you get.
Like LaVine, Richardson has been given free reign in Miami. In his first three seasons his career-highs were 10.9 field goal attempts and 4.3 3-point attempts per game; this season he’s averaging 16.8 field goals and 7.9 3-pointers per game. He’s also doubled his former career-best free-throw attempts per game.
He is the absolute focal point of this Miami Heat offense – Erik Spoelstra has said as much – and there isn’t much reason to believe that’ll change. The efficiency isn’t going to be great, but the raw numbers will. Plus, he’s shooting 90 percent from the free throw line so he could pick up some cheap points at the end of games. Grab him at William Hill to score plenty.
If you haven’t heard, the Cavaliers have been an absolute mess since LeBron James left. We’ll let you Google everything that’s gone wrong, but what you need to know for now is that Tristan Thompson is one of the last men standing.
Kevin Love is out for the foreseeable future and it’s put Thompson in a spot to both log copious minutes and grab copious rebounds. He has played 28 minutes per game the last three games and, among all players averaging at least 8 rebounds per game, Thompson is tops with a contested rebound percentage of 47.5%. He’s also the game’s best offensive rebounder, and this Cavaliers team is going to miss a lot of shots.
That means more opportunities for Thompson to keep racking them up and more opportunities to back him on ptrop bets with Karamba.. Cleveland is a mess, but Thompson appears to be a safe bet.
Raise your hand if you had JaVale McGee as one of the best offseason signings. That’s what we thought. McGee has been a machine on the defensive end thus far, averaging 7.5 rebounds and 3.4 blocks in just 26.2 minutes.
Los Angeles’ defense is not getting any better anytime soon, which means McGee is probably going to need to play close to 30 minutes for them to compete on that end of the floor. Plus, he’s gobbling up a fair share of Lakers misses on the offensive glass, especially on long rebounds off missed 3-pointers.
McGee isn’t off to a hot start; he’s just been downright good. He’ll continue to show promise on the boards, even with good rebounding forwards around him. Look for prop opportunities with 888Sport. He should deliver.
This may feel like an obvious one, but it’s worth analyzing. Lowry currently leads the NBA in assists per game (11.6) and has tallied double-digit assists in eight straight games. With black hole DeMar DeRozan gone and new head coach Nick Nurse around, Lowry has been a passing machine.
Per NBA.com’s advanced stats, Lowry is averaging 58.1 passes per game. That’s nearly identical to the 57.5 he averaged last season, when he averaged just 6.9 assists per game. That shows that this isn’t simply a volume game for Lowry that will taper off eventually. This game plan is for the long haul and Lowry should continue handing out dimes.
It’s very early, but Lowry’s 11.6 assists would be the most in the NBA since Chris Paul in 2008. Solid company and a good bet to back at William Hill.
This author’s early vote for Rookie of the Year – sorry, Trae Young – Doncic is clearly starting to get comfortable in an NBA setting. He averaged 3.8 assists in his first five games but has seen that number increase to 5.5 in his last four games. That comfort is only going to increase as the season goes on, and Doncic is first and foremost a distributor.
He’s been impressive in every facet of the game, but the Mavs are going to run, run, run and Doncic will be the man making it go. He’s a passing whiz. We’re betting on him to only get better as the year goes on. You should bet on him too, with 888Sport. He should deliver.
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