DraftKings Sportsbook NBA Picks: 5 Western Conference players to watch

The return of the NBA means the return of bets on players’ accessories. Whether you are a fan of knowing everything about superstars or you like looking for flights under the radar, player accessories are a big part of NBA betting. Today, we are focusing on five key players to watch for at the Western Conference.

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1. Lonzo Ball – New Orleans Pelicans

As all attention turned to the impressive start of his teammate Zion Williamson’s career and the projection of his brother LaMelo, Lonzo began to become the player we expected from UCLA. Since Williamson’s debut on January 22, Ball has averaged 8.4 assists per game. For reference, only four players had a higher assistance rate per game during the 2019-20 regular season. New Orleans is targeting seed # 8 of the Western Conference and Ball will be one of the players the Pelicans will rely on to make it happen.

Statistical accessories to watch: Help and fly


2. Kristaps Porzingis – Dallas Mavericks

There aren’t a lot of players who have put on a Knicks jersey this millennium that I would consider for this article, but Kristaps is one of the outliers. In his last 20 games, Porzingis has averaged 22.3 points, 9.6 rebounds and 2.0 blocks and I am confident he will continue to maintain that production as he returns to form after his ACL injury in February 2018. I imagine the Mavericks don’t want to face the Clippers in the first round of the playoffs, so the team is encouraged to move up the rankings during the classification matches.

Statistical accessories to watch: Points, rebounds, blocks


3. Joe Ingles – Utah Jazz

The self-proclaimed “Best shooter in the world” will have to live up to this nickname for Jazz to participate in the Western Conference. Ingles’ average points per game has dropped from last year’s high of 12.1 to 9.8 this season, but I expect it will peak with Jazz’s second-best scorer , Bojan Bogdanovic, for the rest of the season. Ingles’ three-point-per-game attempts have seen a similar drop this season, going from a career high of 5.9 to 4.8. Utah’s offense will suffer in the absence of Bogdanovic, so I expect Jazz to rely on Ingles to return to its 2018-19 form.

Statistical accessories to watch: Points, three points


4. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope – Los Angeles Lakers

KCP is quietly third in minutes per game for the Lakers this year behind superstars LeBron James and Anthony Davis and I expect their number of 25.4 minutes per game to increase with guards Rajon Rondo and Avery Bradley. The pope has only started 20 games this season, but his three-point percentage of 39.4 is a key to the team’s success. Bradley’s absence and Rondo’s injury will likely bring Pope to the starting lineup, which can also mean increased playing time and shots.

Statistical accessories to watch: Points, three points


5. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander – Oklahoma City Thunder

How many NBA fans would know that SGA is the Thunder’s top scorer this season? Chris Paul and sixth-man favorite Dennis Schroder received most praise for OKC, but Shai narrowly edged Danilo Gallinari and Schroder as Thunder’s top scorer with 19.3 points per game, while leading the team with 35.1 minutes per game. SGA also had two games with more than 20 points in last season’s playoffs as a key member of the Clippers’ team that pushed the top-ranked Warriors to six games. I don’t see any reason why he won’t be relying on these performances for the playoff classification games this year, so he should be a major factor both in offense and in defense for Oklahoma City.

Statistical accessories to watch: Points, interceptions


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