The Bulls head into Houston to square off against the John Wall and the Rockets; All-Star talent will be on the court when the Mavericks and Grizzlies matchup against each other. The Blazers and Suns will be battling each other in what'll likely be a Western Conference shootout.
Here are my top Monkey Knife Fight More or Less matchups to play for Monday, February 22.
The Bulls guard has been on fire as of late and that should continue against the Rockets. He has dropped 30 or more points in seven of the last eight contests. Lavine has surpassed the 30.5 point benchmark in 12 games this season. He has knocked down 17 three-pointers in the last five games.
John Wall MORE THAN 24.5 POINTS
John Wall has scored more than 24.5 points in the last three games and has tallied 17 free-throws in those matchups. Wall has produced 10 three-balls in the last four games and has recorded at least 24 points in eight contests this season. The Bulls are allowing the fourth-most points per game in the NBA at 115.3.
No one has been able to stop Luka Dončić and he has taken full advantage of that. He has recorded 46 and 44 points in the Mavericks’ last two games. Dončić tallied ten three-pointers and 18 free-throws in those contests. He produced 29.5 or more points in 11 matchups this year. The Grizzlies are coming off a loss where they allowed 128 points to the Suns.
Ja Morant LESS THAN 21.5 POINTS
The Mavericks will have all of their defensive focus on Ja Morant and force everyone else to beat them. Morant is averaging 18.9 points and hasn’t reached the the 21.5 point bench mark in 13 of 17 games this season. The Murray State product is recording a career 16.0 points against the Mavericks in two career outings.
Damian Lillard’s stat lines have been absurd as of late and opposing defenses should be very, very concerned. He has dropped 31 or more points the last four contests. He is shooting 38.5% from three and 93.5% from the charity stripe. Lillard has cashed 24 three pointers in the last four contests.
Devin Booker LESS THAN 25.5 POINTS
The Kentucky product hasn’t scored more than 25.5 points in the Suns last three games. Booker has recorded less than 25.5 points in 18 of his 25 games this year. Booker is shooting 37.3% from three and is averaging a career 23.9 points against the Blazers.
*The contests listed in this article are subject to change leading up to tip-off of each respective game*
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