Hassan Whiteside (C, Miami Heat)
After losing to Atlanta Hawks by a margin of 3 points, Miami Heat are going to host Milwaukee Bucks in hopes to break their losing streak of 6 consecutive matches. Heat will go into this match without Bosh, Ellington, Winslow and Dragic, so they will expect Whiteside to play a big part in the upcoming match. He is still team’s best scorer with 18.2 ppg and 19 points in the recent match against Atlanta Hawks. I expect him to repeat his performance against Atlanta, so betting on Over 18.5 is going to be my prediction for him.
Prediction: Whiteside Over 18.5
Odds: 1.76 Bet365
Gorgui Dieng (C/PF, Minnesota Timberwolves)
Dieng is having a great start of the season, improving all his stats compared to his career average. This season he a record of 9.0ppg, 8.3trb and 2.5ast. Despite him having a great season, his team has not been doing exceptionally well. Minnesota Timberwolves currently have a record of 3-7, losing 2 of the 3 recent games. After the loss against Hornets (108:115) they are now hosting Philadelphia 76ers, who are not really shining this season neither. The main problem of 76ers is their poor defence. They are allowing opponents to score on average of 108.3 points, which gives them No. 25 ranking in defensive efficiency. This will be a chance for every Minnesota player to get some points in their record, which includes Dieng. Dieng has scored over 9 points in the match against Hornets, and expect him to do the same again today.
Prediction: Dieng Over 8.5
Odds: 1.83 Bet365
Gordon Hayward (SF, Utah Jazz)
With 22.5ppg, this record improves his career average by a whooping 7.8 points. Hayward (22.5) is also leading scorer for Utah Jazz, followed by George Hill (20.4ppg). After a defeat against Memphis Grizzlies (96:102), Utah Jazz are hoping for better luck against Chicago Bulls. Hayward has been scoring at least 20 points in the opening 5 games, only to be stopped by Grizzlies, who only allowed him to score 13 points. If Grizzlies managed to stop Hayward, I believe Bulls will be able to do it too. They are currently ranked 9th in defensive efficiency, allowing opponents to score only 99.6 points on average. Looking at Chicago last 3 matches, not one opponent scored over 95 points, which only proves my point. All in all this match is expected to be a low scoring one, as both teams have got a great defence.
Prediction: Hayward Under 20.5
Odds: 1.90 Bet365