The Steph Curry show arrives in New York for a matchup with the Knicks; The Raptors have won four in a row and the 76ers will be looking to end their win streak; No one has been able to stop the Nets and their new Big 3. Brooklyn hasn’t lost in six straight games, while their opponent, the Sacramento Kings haven't won in eight games!
Here are some Monkey Knife Fight picks to consider for Tuesday's slate!
Steph Curry is a human highlight reel and he’ll be well rested for this matchup with the Knicks. He dropped 30 points in his last matchup with New York and he tallied four three-pointers in that contest. Curry has recorded 30 or more points in 14 contests this season. He hasn't scored above 30 points in his last two games, so expect Steph to go off sooner rather than later.
Julius Randle LESS THAN 25.5 POINTS
The Knicks power forward has tallied less than 25.5 points in three of the last four games. Julius Randle only scored 16 points in his last tilt with the Warriors and is averaging a career 15.9 points a game. The Kentucky product is enjoying a breakout campaign, but his season average of 23.2 points a game falls just short of his More or Less scoring line.
Joel Embiid was held to 25 points in his last game against the Raptors so he’ll be looking for some revenge. He has scored more than 30.5 points in 13 games this season which includes a 50-point effort against the Bulls. Embiid has knocked down 37 free-throws in the last three games. The Raps are more than capable of shutting him down, but individually, this is a matchup Embiid can feast on.
Fred VanVleet MORE THAN 21.5 POINTS
Mr. Bet on Yourself been the Raptors' MVP this season and is producing 20.1 points a game this season. Fred VanVleet has surpassed the 21.5 benchmark in 14 contests this year and has cashed 15 three-balls in the last four games. VanVleet is 37.6% from the land beyond and 89.4% from the charity stripe. The Raptors guard scored 23 points in his last matchup with the 76ers.
The Kings will have all of their attention on Uncle Drew and be focused on shutting down the Nets guard. Irving has scored less than 29.5 points in three of the last four games. He’s averaging 27.7 points a game and is producing a career 23.1 points against the Kings, despite dropping 40 on them last week. Although he's certainly capable of hitting this mark against a leaky defensive club allowing a league-worst 119.3 points a game, expect Kyrie to be dishing it out tonight.
De’Aaron Fox MORE THAN 24.5 POINTS
The Nets defense is allowing 119.3 points per game and that is ranked third-worst in the NBA. De’Aaron Fox has recorded 24 or more buckets in 12 contests this season and his season high for points is 43. Fox has tallied three or more 3-pointers in nine matchups this year. He did only score 19 points in their last meeting against Brooklyn, but this matchup screams a shootout, and if the Kings want to hang around with the Nets, they'll need Fox firing on all cylinders.
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