Although today's NBA slate contains only 2 games, they are big games as the Nets and Hawks are tied at 2-2 and the Memphis Grizzlies will look to put away the Portland Trail Blazers as they lead 3-1. This is a great opportunity to profit off of some player props as the Blazers will come out in desperation mode and the Nets will be full of confidence. See which props that we're leaning towards.
Total Points For Brook Lopez
Over 20.5 -125
Under 20.5 -105
I'm a big believer in Brook Lopez. He's one of the best shooting centers in the league and his length gives the Nets a leg up on their opposition such as tonight. Lopez is a consistent player that rarely fails to give a full effort. Lopez is coming off of 3 consecutive games of 20 points or more, averaging 24 points and 11.5 rebounds in his last 2 games. The only challenge for Brook might be playing on the road, but I'm sticking with the over for this stud as one of my NBA picks.
NBA Props Pick: Over 20.5 -125
Total Rebounds For Brook Lopez
Over 9.5 -130
Under 9.5 EV
NBA odds makers are trying to persuade the betting public to take the under, but I don't need persuading. As I've already stated; Lopez is playing top level basketball. It doesn't matter that the Hawks were one of the best teams in the NBA in the regular season. The Nets can match this team and it all begins at the center position; A position in which they have the edge in this game with Lopez. Take the over. 10 rebounds in obtainable.
NBA Props Pick: Over 9.5 -130
Total Points For Deron Williams
Over 13.5 135
Under 13.5 +105
This is the one prop that got me last installment as D. Will came up like a champ after a 2 and 3 point effort. He has a case of tendonitis, but I'm starting to believe that a lot of the reports were false to mislead the Hawks. I don't need to look at the statistics. We all know that Williams had a big game in his last game and although I think that he's an overall disappointment, he should eclipse the 13.5 points in this prop. Lay a little juice with the over.
NBA Props Pick: Over 13.5 -135
Total Points For Damian Lillard
Over 22.5 -135
Under 22.5 +105
This prop is listed high and it's all due to the 32 point performance by Lillard in his last game. Previous to his last game, he had only reached 22 points in 4 out of 5 games and the game that he did reach it, it was 22 points on the nose.
The Grizzlies are in the perfect spot. There's no way that the Blazers can beat Memphis 3 times in a row, especially when we start off with tonight's game being played in Memphis. Lillard could come out like a monster and make me look bad, but I'm going to go off of his playing history in the last month. 22.5 points are too much. Take the under as your pick.
NBA Props Pick: Under 22.5 +105
Total Points For LaMarcus Aldridge
Over 24.5 -120
Under 24.5 -110
Aldridge has been underperforming the last 3 games with Lillard taking the lead role for the Blazers. I don't consider Aldridge to be an elite player, but he's by far the best player on the Blazers and the only way that they can win tonight is if he comes up big. In his last 2 games, he's had a 21 point effort and an 18 point effort. I'm expecting a Blazers collapse as they can't handle the size of the Grizzlies. Look for an under for this prop.
NBA Props Pick: Under 24.5 -110 at Bovada