November 28, 2022

Wednesday night, the NBA is fully loaded this week with 13 games across the league. Tonight at 7:30 PM on ESPN, the New York Knicks take on their urban rivals, the Brooklyn Nets. Later in the evening at 10 a.m., the LA Lakers will take on the LA Clippers. The Clippers are 6-5 so far this season, while the Lakers are struggling 2-8.

Luka Doncic looks set to maintain his streak of 30 or more points in every game to start the season. The Mavericks head out tonight to take on ROY frontrunner Paolo Banchero. Doncic has had 30 or more points in nine consecutive games.

At 10 a.m., the Cleveland Cavaliers continue their road trip west and face the Sacramento Kings. The Cavs lost only their second game of the season on Monday night. NBA bets have the Cavs on (+750) to win the final.

5 things to watch out for in tonight’s games

1. Dallas Mavericks vs Orlando Magic

Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks will try to win their fifth game in a row this season tonight. In addition, Doncic is trying to continue his own record. He has scored 30 or more points in eight consecutive games to start a season and will try that for the ninth time tonight. Dallas is in a very winnable game against a 2-9 Orlando Magic squad.

It was a tough start to the season for the Magic. They lost five in a row to start the season and have since lost four of their last six games. One of the bright spots for the team this season was Paolo Banchero, the number one in the NBA draft of 2022. He leads the team this season with (23.5) points per game. Banchero is the big favorite to win ROY with (-800).

2. Utah Jaz vs. Atlanta Hawks

The Utah Jazz enter the game tonight with a 9-3 record that is the best in the Western Conference. They have won six of their last eight games and are playing above expectations this season. Utah traded Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert in the off-season and thrived with the pieces they got for them. Lauri Markkenan came over from the Cavs in the Mitchell trade and leads the team in points (21.9) per game this season.

On Monday, the Hawks handed the Milwaukee Bucks their first loss of the season with Trae Young not playing. Atlanta has won five of their last seven games. They have a chance to take down the top two teams in each conference in back-to-back games. Young (shin) is doubtful to play for the Hawks tonight.

3. Phoenix Suns vs Minnesota Timberwolves

The Phoenix Suns rank first in the Pacific Division and hold the second best record behind the Jazz in the Western Conference. Phoenix lost a tough game to the Sixers on the road Monday night, 100-88. Devin Booker led the team in points, rebounds and assists that game. Yesterday Suns SF Cam Johnson had surgery on his meniscus and is expected to miss about one to two months for the team.

Minnesota is one game under .500 this season at 5-6. The team has lost four of their last five games and a teammate has called up the entire team, including himself. Anthony Edwards said he thinks the team is playing “soft”. Edwards struggled early on and is clearly frustrated with how the Timberwolves are playing.

4. Milwaukee Bucks vs Oklahoma City Thunder

The Milwaukee Bucks currently hold the best record in the NBA, losing their first game of the season to the Atlanta Hawks on Monday night. Milwaukee is led by 2022-23 NBA MVP frontrunner, Giannis Antetokounmpo. He is on (+250) win MVP this season. Jrue Holiday is listed as doubtful of playing for the Bucks tonight with a right ankle sprain.

It has been an interesting season for the Thunder so far. They lost their first three games of the season, followed that with four consecutive wins and then lost three more in a row. PF Aleksey Pokusevski is listed as doubtful for Wednesday’s game with a shoulder injury.

5. Cleveland Cavaliers vs Sacramento Kings

Cleveland is firing on all cylinders to start the season and have an 8-2 record. They had an eight-game winning streak before losing to the Clippers on Monday night. The off-season addition of Donovan Mitchell has been worthwhile as far as he leads the team in points (31.2) and steals (1.3) per game. Having six players averaging double-digit points per game for the team certainly helps if their stars don’t all play together.

The Sacramento Kings started the season with four consecutive defeats, winning three of their last five games. PF Domantas Sabonis plays a unique role for the Kings this season. He averages nearly a triple-double per game with (16.3) points, (11.0) rebounds and (6.1) assists per game. Sabonis is one of four Kings players who play a minimum of 30 minutes in each game.

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