12.23.20 Hoop Tales: The Rockets Ruin A Good Thing Edition

Record: 0-2 (-2 units)

Tuesday Recap: Kawhi needed 26 shots to reach 26 points and we lost by the hook. On the East Coast, the Nets played “too well” and it forced Joe Harris to get rest for most of the second half. Mind you he had 6 points after the first quarter and finished with 10 — a bucket shy of his over.

I just want to preface these picks with a quick mention that I had amazing reasons to play Shai Gilgeous-Alexander’s O22.5 points tonight against the Rockets, including an excuse to use a “Hamilton” gif and the Rockets ruined this opportunity.

First Pick: Domantas Sabonis O18.5 Pts (-121) vs NYK

Fact #1: Sabonis faced the Knicks 3x last season totaling 19, 25 and 24 points respectively.

Fact #2: The Knicks’ front court is returning both Julius Randle and Mitchell Robinson, which are matchups that Sabonis took advantage of last season.

Second Pick: Rudy Gobert O13.5 Pts (-117) vs POR

Fact #1: In three meeting last season, Gobert totaled 16, 6 and 16 respectively.

Fact #2: Subtract: Hassan Whiteside (Sac-Town)… Add: Enes Kanter back in Portland and you have a recipe for success

Fact #3: Jusuf Nurkić will reportedly be a minutes restriction (20), which means more Kanter, which means Gobert should get easy looks at the rim.

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