NBA Slate Breakdown – 3/14
Hey FanCavers, tonight’s slate is a bit of an odd one, as it’s only 4 games in total, but with some allotted time in between them. For that very reason, I’ll be breaking down this slate, game by game, in order to better illustrate what we have going on, here.
• Milwaukee @ Orlando [ 7PM ET ]
– Over/Under = 208 (LIVE)
* Out: Dellavedova/Brogdon/Gordon | Fournier/Ross?
As of right now, there are a few question marks surrounding some Magic players, as Fournier and Ross (as listed above) haven’t been ruled out and will have the possibility of playing, tonight. If they’re ruled out, which we hopefully find out before the slate locks (good chance), then Jonathan Simmons and Nikola Vucevic would be very intriguing plays, as they would see potential boosts to their minutes and usages.
On the other side of the ball, things are a bit more straightforward, seeing as the only Bucks players that we know to be injured are Dellavedova and Brogdon (also listed above). With the 2nd highest over/under on the slate, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Eric Bledsoe and Khris Middleton are a few studs that are worthy of consideration, however, I only feel the need of having two of these guys in your lineup(s), if that.
• Washington @ Boston [ 8PM ET ]
– Over/Under = 203 (LIVE)
* Out: Irving/Wall/Brown/Smart/Theis/Horford.
Like the game above, this matchup is interesting, as the Celtics are extremely short-handed and will likely need to feed off the energy that Terry Rozier and Jayson Tatum can offer. Boston is implied to score under 100 total points, which is very reasonable considering that they will be without their two main ball handlers in Irving and Smart and honestly, there will be some chalk in this game that is of some worry to me.
The Wizards are in much better shape, to say the least, as they’re healthy (exception of Wall) and have been playing rather well, given their position and how the team has collectively risen to the occasion. As you’d expect, Washington (hypothetically) could run away with this one, however, despite all the injuries, this game doesn’t even own a spread that is of real concern for you to completely steer away from this.
• Miami @ Sacramento [ 10PM ET ]
– Over/Under = 207 (LIVE)
* Out: Wade/Whiteside/Labissiere | Richardson?
Sacramento has been terrible this season (to be expected) and with their trades and shifts that they’ve made over the course of the year, it’s difficult to predict what they will roll out. Ultimately, this is a tough spot for the Kings, as the Heat have been quite good defensively and if Labissiere is unable to go tonight, they may have to rely on the veteran Zach Randolph (DNP risk), or they might extend Willie Cauley-Stein.
With the success that Miami has seen, its hard to see them struggling here, even though they’ll be without both Wade, Whiteside and now potentially Richardson, in this one, which could limit them. Their opponent has the 2nd worst defense in the entire league, meaning, guys like Justise Winslow, Wayne Ellington and Bam Adebayo could be nice value plays, in a game that is shaping up to be competitive.
• Los Angeles @ Golden State [ 10:30PM ET ]
– Over/Under = 224 (LIVE)
* Out: 5 Warriors/Hart/Ingram/Frye | Kuzma?
Coming into this contest on a little 2 game win streak and winners of 8 out of 10, LA will see a depleted Warrior team that will showcase Kevin Durant, as the sole Golden State All-Star. The Lakers should have no problem scoring tonight, however, if this gets out of hand, we could see Kerr taking Durant out and giving him some rest, seeing as there is no true need for him to play extensive minutes (just a possibility).
Speaking of, the Warriors do have strength in numbers, to which they can put trust, so we could see a lot of Jordan Bell, Quinn Cook, Nick Young and more to get things done. The main option, KD, will have the offense at his control for as long as he play in this match, because without Curry and Thompson running around screens and in transition, he’ll be the main ball handler and the de facto for all things scoring.