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It’s been a strong start to the season for James Harden despite the 76ers sitting 1-3, and The Beard will look to produce another big performance against the Raptors.
Lakers @ Nuggets (1:00pm)
Although the Lakers have not recorded a win so far this season, they’ve improved defensively in their last two games conceding 103 and 106 against the Clippers and Trailblazers respectively. Despite this, we should see a high-scoring affair between them and Denver.
Last season all three games between the Lakers and Nuggets went overs and all covered the points line for this game of 227.5.
Although the Lakers have found scoring tough this season, ranked 29th in the NBA with 103.3 per game, the Nuggets are conceding the most points in the NBA so far this season at 124.5 so this is a great opportunity to get some points on the board.
As Denver continue to adjust to their new rotations with Porter, Murray and Caldwell-Pope all entering the starting five, there should be plenty of points in this one.
Heat @ Trail Blazers (1:00pm)
Anfernee Simons has slotted into the Lillard sidekick role left by CJ McCollum seamlessly, and although his percentages are down, he is getting plenty of shots up.
He ranks 20th in the NBA for field goal attempts per game so far this season at 18.3, and of the top-20 you would not find anyone else with points line under 20, which is what we get with the combo guard here against the Heat.
Simons is playing big minutes so far this season at 37.3 per game, ranking him 10th in the NBA, and he will enter this contest with his confidence sky-high after a 29-point performance against the Nuggets.
76ers @ Raptors (10:30am)
Harden looks excellent so far this season, and if you’re willing to ignore the blip against the Spurs where he went 4/18, his line should be closer to 30 than the 22.5 we get when the 76ers face the Raptors.
‘The Beard’ opened the season with 35 against the Celtics followed by 31 against the Bucks, and in their first win of the season against the Pacers, he had 29 points from 18 shot attempts.
With the Raptors switching defence, expect Harden to choose his matchups and take advantage of some of Toronto’s bigs defending him at various stages. Expect a comfortable cover of the 22.5 line, with value at 25+ at $2.17 and 29+ paying $3.65.
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