Here at BetQL, we put data first. However, another part of what we do is connect those numbers to the abundance of storylines and narratives that exist in the sports world. Using advanced stats from NBA.com, take a look at some of Monday’s most intriguing storylines below.
Very quietly, Nikola Jokic is putting up a mind-blowing statistical campaign, averaging 26.5 points (4th in NBA), 13.5 rebounds (2nd) and 7.2 assists (12th). If the season ended right now, his 34.00 PER (Player Efficiency Rating) would rank first all-time in the modern era. Over the last five games, Denver’s 2.63 assist-to-turnover ratio ranks best in the NBA and the team is consistently getting high-percentage looks. That’s bad news for the Wizards, who have allowed an NBA-worst 52.4 opposing points in the paint over the last five contests. Jokic should eat on the interior in this matchup, but are the Nuggets the best bet? CLICK HERE to find out now!
With a number of important players in the health and safety protocols (including LaMelo Ball), the Hornets have shockingly had the 2nd-best Offensive Rating in the NBA over their last five games (120.8), but also own the league’s worst Defensive Rating (121.3) in that span. As a result, the over has gone 4-1 in those games (7-1 in Charlotte’s last eight), but will this be a high-scoring affair again against a Mavericks team that’s playing the second half of a back-to-back without the injured Luka Doncic? Click the button below to find out all the answers to these questions for just $4.99!
Oh boy, Clint Capela and John Collins are licking their chops before this one. Over their last handful of games, the Rockets have allowed a horrendous 21.6 second chance points per game, the worst mark in the NBA. Capela in particular should put up a huge rebounding total in this contest; he ranks 2nd in the NBA with 4.1 offensive boards per game and is universally recognized as one of the best in the NBA at giving his team second-chance opportunities. CLICK HERE to find out if you should back Atlanta to cover as double-digit favorites!
Not only will Stephen Curry potentially sit out this game to rest, but the Pacers have been the slowest team in the NBA (93.1 pace) over their last five contests and Golden State’s 100.2 Defensive Rating in that span is tops in the league. Therefore, signs are pointing towards this being a slow, defensive-minded game from both sides. CLICK HERE to see our model’s final score projection now!
It appears as though the Bucks have found their groove lately and turned around a slow start by winning 12 of their last 14 games. Over their last five games, Milwaukee has been a pest to opposing offenses in the paint. In fact, they’ve allowed an NBA-best 34.0 opposing points per game in the paint. The Celtics will get Jaylen Brown back for this matchup, which is huge for them, and have scored an average of 50.8 points in their paint over their last five, which ranks 6th in the league in that span. The Bucks have the edge overall, but how much of an edge is it? CLICK HERE to see BetQL’s answer.