Mason Plumlee ( C/PF, Portland Trailblazers) || BET WON
Mason Plumlee is averaging 10.1ppg this season, which is an 1.5ppg improvement compared to his career average. In addition to his improvement in scoring department, Plumlee has also increased his assist count to 4.5apg from his career average 1.8. Looking at his last 5 games, Mason Plumlee consistently scored 10 or more points, with most of his points coming from under the basket. That might be a problem for him when his teams faces Memphis, who protect the paint extremely well. In fact Memphis Grizzlies are ranked no.2 in the NBA, only letting their opponents score an average of 37.3 points from under the basket. So scoring from there will be a hard task. Memphis is not in the top 5 teams when it comes to protecting the 3 point line, but being that Plumlee hardly ever shots from behind the 3pt line this is not an important information to take into consideration. With that in mind I expect Memphis to shut down Plumlee and keep him from scoring double digits.
Prediction: Manson Plumlee Under 9.5
Maurice Harkless (SF, Portland Trailblazers) || BET VOID (player did not play)
Maurice Herkless is playing well this season, with all of his stats being higher compared to his career average. Scoring an average of 13ppg and adding 5.4 rebounds makes him a valuable asset to his team. On 30th of November Maurice Herkless had the best game of this season, scoring 23 points and adding 2 rebounds. When we take a look at his latest performances, Herkless averaged 16 points in the last 5 games, so there is no doubt he is in a great form. His problem for the upcoming match will be the same as for his team-mate Manson Plumlee. Much like Plumlee, Herkless scoring comes mostly from the paint and that might be a huge challenge against Memphis. With that in mind, there is a great value on Maurice Herkless not scoring more than 13 points in tonight’s match against Grizzlies.
Prediction: Maurice Harkless Under 13.5
Marc Gasol (C, Memphis Grizzles) || BET WON
Marc Gasol’s scoring in the past few games is spectacular. He has scored an average of 24 points in the last 3 matches and he does not seem to stop anytime soon. His season average is 19.2 ppg, 6 trb and 4.2 asists after 22 matches. At the moment his scoring this season is 4.7ppg higher than his career average and if he can keep his scoring at this level, he can expect this season to be one of the best season in his career. Tonight Marc Gasol’s team will face off against Portland Trail Blazers, who are one of the worst teams when it comes to protecting the paint. Trail Blazers are letting their opponents score on average of 46.6 points from the paint, which will suit Marc Gasol. Marc Gasol can shot 3pt, but being that tall, he uses his height advantage and racks up most of his points from under the basket. When you put a player like Marc Gasol who is in great form against a team that lacks defensive efficiency in the area Gasol excels, there can only be one result. Expect Gasol to pass the 21 point mark in the upcoming fixture.
Prediction: Marc Gasol Over 20.5