3 NBA Player Prop Bets to Target on Friday 1/17/20
Player props can be useful in a variety of ways, from taking advantage of them straight up (to the tune of cold hard cash), to measuring a player's potential to produce in daily fantasy basketball.
While you can use those odds in fantasy, you can also utilize our fantasy projections and a variety of other tools to help make money on betting everyday player props.
For the purposes of this article, we are using the odds provided at FanDuel Sportsbook to pinpoint three spots where value can be had on a player's stat line, scoring, or even shot type.
Please note that betting lines and our game projections may change throughout the day after this article is published.
Ja Morant, Over 30.5 Points + Rebounds + Assists
Ja Morant and the Memphis Grizzlies are winners of six straight, and the rookie has been on fire with at least 22 points in four of those six games. Morant and the Grizzlies host the Cleveland Cavaliers tonight in what will be their second meeting of the season. In his first game versus the Cavaliers, Morant recorded 8 points, 11 assists, and 5 rebounds in 29 minutes.
Lately, Morant has been doing it all, averaging 20.3 points, 8.9 assists, and 4.4 rebounds in seven games since the calendar flipped to 2020. In Morant's past four games, all of which have come at home, he's recorded 21.0 points, 9.7 assists, and 5.7 rebounds.
The Cavs rank among the five worst teams in three-point percentage allowed (37.1%), field goal percentage allowed (48.5%), and assists per game allowed (25.9). With Morant on a hot streak, fresh off a 10-for-11 shooting performance against the Rockets, and facing a Cavs defense that has allowed 128 points in back-to-back road games, he's a good bet to surpass 30.5 combined points, boards and dimes.
Norman Powell, Over 1.5 Made Threes
The Raptors are hosting the struggling Wizards, and Powell has the advantage to continue the quiet-but-lethal three-point streak he has going. He's returned to the team after being out for a month, and he's responded with seven three-pointers over his two games back. He's attempted 11 three-pointers in that span, hitting 63.6%, and tonight his over/under on made triples is just 1.5.
Before going down with an shoulder injury, Powell made two or more three-pointers in seven of his last 10 home games. On the season, Powell has averaged 2.1 made triples at home on 40.8% shooting from deep. The Wizards' D is 23rd in three-point percentage, allowing opponents to shoot 36.5% from three, and they allow the most points per game in the league, at 119.8. The Wizards also allow 33.1 three-point attempts per game (11th most) and 12.1 makes (19th) per game. P
owell averages 5.1 three-point attempts at home, and he's gone 25 for 51 (49%) from deep over his last 10 home games. Our model projects Powell as the top-three pointer shooter tonight, forecasting him to make four triples. This line looks like easy money.
Ben Simmons, Over 16.5 Points
The Philadelphia 76ers have been relying heavily on Ben Simmons the past five games with Joel Embiid out. The Bulls are in town today, and this should be a prime game for a big performance from Simmons.
Simmons has averaged 20.0 points, 10.3 rebounds, and 7.8 assists in January, and he's scored 17 or more points in six of his last seven games -- averaging 18.6 over his last three home contests. He's shot 59% from the field across his last six games and attempted 14.7 shots per game.
Chicago has allowed seven different players to score 20 or more points in their last five road games. The Bulls have allowed 111.2 points per game in that span, and the 76ers have averaged 118.4 points at home over their past five. We project Simmons right at 16.5 points, but I like him to pass that in this easy matchup.