- LaMelo Ball’s total points for the matchup are set at 19.5 with the Over slightly favored. His total assists are set at 8.5 with the Under slightly favored.
- Lonzo Ball sees his total points set at 12.5 with the Over favored as well. Lonzo sees his assists set at 4.5 with the Over favored.
- LaMelo averages more points, assists, and rebounds than Lonzo.
CHICAGO – The Chicago Bulls host the Charlotte Hornets as the Ball brothers face off for the first time this season.
LaMelo Ball of the Charlotte Hornets sees his total points, assists, and rebounds set higher than big brother Lonzo Ball of the Chicago Bulls.
Both Ball brothers are expected to have big games, with the total points for both players seeing the Over favored at NBA sportsbooks.
Battle Of The Ball Brothers
LaMelo Ball averages 19.4 PPG, 7.9 RPG, and 8 APG. Ball is coming off of a triple-double performance where he posted 19 PTS, 13 AST, and 11 REB against the Houston Rockets. Sportsbooks expect at least the scoring output to be big against Chicago.
Over/Under – Points LaMelo Ball (CHA)
- Over 19.5 -119
- Under 19.5 -109
In his last 10 outings, Melo has seen his points dip slightly to 18.2 per game. His scoring output has been inconsistent, scoring 32 against the Indiana Pacers only to post 15 against the Atlanta Hawks in the following game.
Prior to the 19-point matchup against Houston, Ball only scored 10 points against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Big brother Lonzo has been more consistent than LeMelo, despite his total points being set lower. Zo has averaged exactly 12 points in his last 10 games and averages 12.3 for the season.
Lonzo scored 11 points in their last outing against the Miami Heat, 13 points before that against the Orlando Magic, and 19 against the Houston Rockets.
Over/Under – Points Lonzo Ball (CHI)
- Over 12.5 -119
- Under 12.5 -109
Ball hovers around 12 points every night so it’s no surprise online sportsbooks expect him to be able to score more than 12 against his baby brother.
Charlotte also has a defensive rating of 111.3 this season and the Houston Rockets, which Lonzo scored 19 points against, have a defensive rating of 110.
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Both ball brothers are respected playmakers, but sportsbooks are only expected Lonzo to have a better-than-average assist night.
Over/Under – Assists Lonzo Ball (CHI)
- Over 4.5 -137
- Under 4.5 +106
This could likely be due to the total assists being set at just 4.5, but the Over being heavily favored shows sportsbooks are predicting a big night for the big Ball brother.
Lonzo averages 4.7 assists per game and has tallied more than 4.5 assists in his last three consecutive games.
In fact, in the last five games, Zo has posted more than 4.5 assists in all but one game, four assists against the Orlando Magic.
Meanwhile, Melo is seeing long odds on his total assists hitting the Over against Chicago.
Over/Under Assists LaMelo Ball (CHA)
- Over 8.5 +104
- Under 8.5 -135
Ball is seventh in the league in assist this season and has seen his assist averages increase in his last 10 games to 9.2 a night.
Ball is coming off of two consecutive 13 assist nights as well, showing his play-making is red hot right now.
Online sportsbooks are likely betting that Ball will slow down against Chicago due to the Bulls’ 105.5 defensive rating. Melo’s big assist nights came against the Minnesota Timberwolves whose defensive rating is 106.5 and the Rockets whose defensive rating is 110.
The Ball brothers face off on Monday at 8 p.m. EST on NBC.
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