We’re in the final month of the NBA regular season, and there are still wide-open races for the playoffs. With a couple of very important games today, we’ll highlight players that may or may not make an impact.
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NBA Player Prop Bet Odds, Picks & Predictions
Odds courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook
Brandon Ingram UNDER 26.5 Points vs. Houston Rockets (-115)
New Orleans has struggled the last few months, going from a high seed in the Western Conference to currently being in the play-in tournament. They’re just 5-5 in their previous ten, but thanks to other teams playing badly, they have been able to stay in a spot for that tournament.
Injuries have played a part in the Pelicans’ troubles. They’ve missed key members all season, including Zion Williamson who hasn’t played in nearly three months.
Ingram’s points prop is higher than you would want to take it. It’s above his season average, and the Clippers allow the second-fewest points to small forwards. Even without Ingram matching up against Paul George, he’ll fall short.
Nicholas Claxton UNDER 10.5 Points (-115)
This Nets vs. Heat matchup is critical regarding the Eastern Conference standings. The Nets have struggled with consistency since trading away Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, falling to seventh place.
Claxton remains the last player that has been a starter throughout the season. Although he technically leads the team in points, Mikal Bridges has been their leading scorer in this new regime.
Look to fade Claxton tonight when he matches up with Bam Adebayo. Adebayo has held Claxton to an average of 8.5 points in the first two games.
Nikola Jokic UNDER 12.5 Rebounds (-135)
This is clearly the matchup of the night, as we have the two top teams in their respective conferences battling it out. Nobody has been better than the Bucks over the last couple of months, as they’ve gone 24-3 in their previous 27. On the other side, the Nuggets recently went on a four-game skid but have rebounded for back-to-back wins.
Two guys we will pay attention to are Giannis Antetokounmpo and Nikola Jokic. Both are MVP candidates, and the better performer tonight could get the advantage over the other for votes. Jokic has to worry about Giannis and Brook Lopez on the boards. With that disadvantage, he’ll go under 12.
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