CJ McCollum's prowess on the hardwood is undeniable, and his clash with the Lakers is likely to see him surpass his prop of 22.5 points and assists due to his impressive season average of 26.7.

Basketball fans, bettors, and data hounds alike, buckle your seatbelts for this one. One of the NBA's most thrilling matchups is on the horizon, and it's time to zoom in on a player who's been making waves across the season: the New Orleans Pelicans' CJ McCollum.

Let's start with the numbers, shall we? McCollum's been lighting up the stat sheet all year, with a combined average of 26.51 points and assists this season. Even on the road, where the environment is hostile and the cheers are for the other team, our man doesn't flinch. He's averaging 25.47 points and assists away from home. Those stats alone should make any savvy bettor or fan lean towards the over on his 22.5 points and assists line.

But let's not stop there. The numbers get even more interesting when we look at McCollum's performances against the Lakers. In his four games against the LA powerhouse, he's been dropping dimes and buckets galore, averaging 28.25 points and assists. That's well over the proposed prop, folks.

However, it's not just the averages that make this an interesting bet. McCollum's consistency has also been impressive. He has had more than 22.5 points and assists in 54 games this season. That's more than double the number of games where he's fallen below that mark. In fact, even during his recent slump over the last ten games, he's still managed to surpass the 22.5 mark in six games.

Now, I hear some of you saying, "But what about his recent dip in form?" True, over the last 10 games, he's trending down. But even in this slump, he's still averaging 24.3 points and assists, which is higher than the prop line. And let's be real, every player has their ups and downs. The key is whether they can still deliver when it matters, and McCollum has shown he can do just that.

Let's not forget, McCollum is a seasoned player who knows how to handle pressure. He's not one to be easily rattled by the big stage or the bright lights. He's also surrounded by a capable team that knows how to set him up. So when the game is on the line, expect McCollum to step up.

This matchup against the Lakers might just be the stage for McCollum to bounce back to his high-scoring ways. The stats don't lie, folks. The over on his prop of 22.5 points and assists seems like a solid play. But remember, in sports, anything can happen. That's why we watch the games, after all. So, keep your eyes on the court and enjoy the spectacle that is sure to be CJ McCollum against the Lakers.