Degens Only: Tuesday Plays, June 29
No player in the NBA is going to have as much pressure and eyes on them as Ben Simmons next year. The all-star was widely ridiculed this post season for his lack of basketball skills and missing free throws. Simmons was often intentionally fouled just to get him to the line. He shot that bad. A report has now come out that Simmons will be skipping the Olympics to work on developing his skills, no doubt already feeling the pressure. The team seems to be fully aware and willing to help Simmons as head coach Doc Rivers came out and made a statement saying they stand behind him and have a plan to help him develop the correct skills. Let’s get into something that does not need the summer to develop todays plays.
Trae or Bust: Trae Young over 29.5 points
The Hawks will need this level of production form Trae game in and game out if they’re going to have a chance at beating the Bucks. This is also where he was averaging before he finally had a bad game and only put up 13. After bouncing back for 35 last game and still getting the loss, Trae knows he still has to do a little more to get the win. There isn’t much that the Bucks can do to slow him down without getting him to the line and themselves in foul trouble. This game is in Atlanta and the Hawks know they need this one, or it’s basically over. Look for Trae to have another big night on his home floor. Take Trae Young over 29.5 points.
Fire up the Cans: Astros -1.5
The Astros are back playing the Orioles, but this time at home. Last week when these two teams played, the Orioles were decimated by Astros pitching scoring a combined three runs over the entire three game series. Urquidy will take the Hill again for the Astros who found success against this Orioles team last time and held them scoreless through seven innings. As we touched on before, Urquidy rarely walks anyone and pounds the strike zone. He has 13 walks on the season and has made 13 starts you do the math. The Astros average more runs at home than they do on the road so no doubt their bats will continue to stay hot here. The Orioles have yet to announce a starter for this game, but it honestly doesn’t matter who they put out there it most likely will not end well. Take the Astros -1.5
Fade Folty: A’s F5 -.5
The fade Folty angle has been a profitable one this season as the starter is only 1-7 with his only win coming in April. His ERA has continued to climb this month and he did have one of his better outings against this A’s team only allowing two runs. Folty allows a lot of home runs and has already allowed six in only four starts this month. We know the strength of this A’s team is more of their pitching who will be facing an average Texas offense. Kaperline takes the hill for the A’s also went against these Rangers, pitching well letting up two over five innings and holding the Rangers to a .191 avg for the game. Folty will continue to give up the long ball so look for the A’s to jump ahead here in the first five. Take the A’s F5 -.5
Chief Tiger: Indians team total over 5
Remember when Jose Urena was feared and considered one of the best pitchers in the league. Not these days, playing with the Tigers and looking like he’s just happy to be on a major league team. He might not be for much longer if he keeps putting up numbers like he is this season. Urena comes in at 2-8 with a 6+ ERA. He has gotten demolished all of June only pitching a combined total of 13 innings in his four starts this month he has allowed 24 runs. There is no relief in sight for the Tigers as their bullpen will do them no favors in this one. Look for Cleveland to take advantage of a struggling Urena and a poor Tigers pen. Take Cleveland team total over 5.