NBA King of the Hill Tournament: Our Staff’s Picks for Wednesday’s 4 Games

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Tonight at 8:30 p.m. ET, The Action Network’s King of the Hill 1-on-1 NBA tournament will continue with four games. We’ll be airing the games back-to-back-to-back-to-back live on our Twitter handle, so be sure to tune in at 8:30 p.m. ET.

If you missed the action thus far, here are the streams and results.

And here are tonight’s games, along with how our NBA experts are projecting them to go. Good luck!

6. Jaylen Brown vs. 11. Trae Young

8:30 p.m. ET | Watch @ActionNetworkHQ

  • Spread: Brown -2.5
  • Moneyline: Brown -260, Young +220
  • Over/Under: 17.5

Tonight’s marquee matchup is between two of the rising stars in the league in Boston’s Brown and Atlanta’s Young.

We’ve seen size factor in a lot in this setting, and Brown definitely has an advantage against the slight Young. Will that prove too much or can Trae get loose and outshoot the Celtics wing?

Here are our staff’s picks …

  • Wob: Brown -2.5, Brown -260, Under 17.5
  • Moore: Trae +2.5, Trae +220, Over 17.5
  • Phan: Brown -2.5, Brown -260, Over 17.5

3. Jayson Tatum vs. 14. Fred VanVleet

8:30 p.m. ET | Watch @ActionNetworkHQ

  • Spread: Tatum -4.5
  • Moneyline: Tatum -800, VanVleet +500
  • Over/Under: 17.5

One of the most promising young players in the league, Jayson Tatum, will face in Round 1 one of the heroes of the 2019 NBA playoffs in Toronto’s Fred VanVleet.

Tatum is a 3-seed for a reason: He has length, size, ball-handling skills and beautiful touch needed in a 1-on-1 setting. The only reason he’s not seeded higher is just because he’s so young and still developing.

Will he start his tournament campaign off strong or will FVV hold his own?

Here are our staff’s picks …

  • Wob: FVV +4.5, Tatum -800, Over 17.5
  • Moore: Tatum -4.5, Tatum -800, Under 17.5
  • Phan: Tatum -4.5, Tatum -800, Under 17.5

7. Donovan Mitchell vs. 10. Klay Thompson

8:30 p.m. ET | Watch @ActionNetworkHQ

  • Spread: Pick’em
  • Moneyline: Mitchell -140, Klay +120
  • Over/Under: 17.5

Perhaps the most fascinating matchup of the night, 7-seed Mitchell will try to use his ball-handling skills and strong frame to beat 10-seed Klay, one of the league’s best 1-on-1 defenders and obviously a top shooter of all time.

Klay’s only real weakness in this setting is his ball-handling and ability to create his own shot; will that matter tonight?

Here are our staff’s picks …

  • Wob: Mitchell pick’em, Mitchell -140, Under 17.5
  • Moore: Klay pick’em, Klay +120, Under 17.5
  • Phan: Klay pick’em, Klay +120, Over 17.5

2. Kevin Durant vs. 15. Eric Gordon

8:30 p.m. ET | Watch @ActionNetworkHQ

  • Spread: Durant -6.5
  • Moneyline: Durant -2500, Gordon +1200
  • Over/Under: 16.5

Durant has been on the sidelines for months, but he’s fully healthy within our NBA 2K sims and thus should be one of the favorites of the tournament.

He has a matchup he should dominate on paper given his extreme size advantage over Houston shooting guard Eric Gordon. But can he stretch out the lead and cover 6.5 in a game to 11?

Here are our staff’s picks …

  • Wob: Durant -6.5, Durant -2500, Under 16.5
  • Moore: Durant -6.5, Durant -2500, Under 16.5
  • Phan: Durant -6.5, Durant -2500, Under 16.5

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