The NBA is the Wild West right now given COVID-19 and the league’s health protocols, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t edges to be had. We sit at 34-28 on the season for article plays and look to improve on Monday. We’ll see if injury news allows me to add a play, but not much caught my eye for this card.
Follow along on Twitter — @julianedlow — for what we hope to be another great season, as some plays jump out late due to news, particularly in the player prop market. Here’s what jumps out to me on DraftKings Sportsbook.
With the Bulls down Wendell Carter Jr. and Otto Porter Jr., Williams was already getting his chance to play a few more minutes in Chicago’s frontcourt. But now with Lauri Markkanen ruled out long-term, the Bulls have no choice but to roll with the rookie. Williams has played at least 32 minutes in each of the past three games and has found his stride in the past two in Orlando. Williams went for a 20-7-1 line on Friday and followed it up with 16-10-1 on Saturday. The Wizards should be a good matchup for the top-five pick to keep the momentum going, especially with guaranteed minutes in the short rotation.
I think Williams will be the only bet I’m actually on for Monday, but Kuzma is worth mentioning. With Anthony Davis ruled out, Kuz should play a much larger role in the offense, as we saw the last time the Lakers were in this situation. Davis missed an embarrassing loss to the Pistons at the end of January, and Kuzma shot 9-of-17 from the field in 30 minutes, finishing with 22 points. The Thunder are a pretty similar matchup, and regardless of game script, Kuz figures to get his minutes and scoring chances.
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