Tonight’s TNT doubleheader pits three of the league’s title contenders and the Los Angeles Lakers. Within the first matchup, Japanese Convention giants Bucks and 76ers tipoff in Philadelphia at 7:30 pm EST. For the Sixers, they return house to the Metropolis of Brotherly Love after being beat up in Boston on Opening Evening. Joel Embiid and James Harden mixed for 61 factors with 21 journeys to the free throw line, however Doc Rivers bought little manufacturing from his bench. Each Grant Williams and Malcolm Brogdon outscored the whole Sixers second unit who solely mustered a complete of eight factors. The Bucks begin their season limping in to Recreation 1. Each Khris Middleton and Pat Connaughton are anticipated to overlook a number of weeks with wrist and calf accidents respectively; their large offseason signing, Joe Ingles, continues to be rehabbing and isn’t anticipated again till after the vacations. Nevertheless, Milwaukee nonetheless boasts former MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo and a solid of shooters to encompass him.
Out west, we’ll get the Battle of Los Angeles with the Lakers “internet hosting” the Clippers of their hallway sequence at Crypto.com Enviornment. The Lakers return house after getting crushed by the defending champs up within the Bay on Tuesday night time. Just like the 76ers, LA bought manufacturing out of their Huge Three — Anthony Davis scored an environment friendly 27, LeBron James led the crew with 31, and (ahem) Russell Westbrook 19 with eleven rebounds — however their younger supporting solid simply wasn’t sufficient to maintain tempo with the Warriors depth of expertise. This would be the Clippers opener and so they open the season because the Western Convention’s favourite. Kawhi Leonard is again (however could come off the bench to start out the yr per Yahoo!’s Chris Haynes) and Paul George is wholesome. The Clips boast one of many deepest benches within the league that features newly acquired John Wall, Norman Powell, Luke Kennard, Nicolas Batum, and Robert Covington, and Terance Mann.
Philadelphia is a house favourite at -4 with the Clippers surprisingly only a -5.5 to beat the Lakers, however let’s dig deeper right into a enjoyable prop guess for tonight. After a yr away from the sport, Kawhi Leonard has an over/below of 17.5 factors. It’s a curious wager contemplating he’s averaged over 21 factors in his final six seasons in San Antonio, Toronto, and Los Angeles. For what it’s price, in 2020-2021, Kawhi scored 26 factors within the season opener towards their cross city rival and simply 19 and 15 in two subsequent blowouts. However no matter whether or not or not he’s beginning or coming off the bench, he’ll be going up towards a smaller Lakers crew crammed with younger inexperienced guards. Exterior of LBJ, who’s going to cease Kawhi from proving he’s again? Austin Reaves? Juan Toscano-Anderson? Until the sport will get fully out of hand early, Mr. Enjoyable Man ought to cruise comfortably in his comeback. Take the over at -105.
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