Best NBA Player Props Bets for January 18
Lots of action in the Association of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Nine games in all, along with an already postponed Cavaliers-Wizards contest. Hopefully, you were on top of things today as we have a bunch of afternoon starts for the holiday. We’ve been way on top of things lately, with five of my last six-player prop predictions coming to fruition. What better way to ring in MLK Day than going two for two again! Before we get to today’s props, make sure you have set your fantasy lineups, and also, check out FanDuel’s DFS to put together a team for today’s hoops action. A range of starting times today with the day’s first game getting underway at noon eastern and the final match tipping off at 10:00 p.m. ET out west with the Lakers. We always stand behind our predictions, but take a look to see if any other players jump out at you by using the SportsGrid Player Prop Tool. Ensure you always check back throughout the day, as odds and projections may change with news and starting rotations. Our good friends provide all the odds over at the FanDuel Sportsbook.
Houston Rockets Victor Oladipo vs. Chicago Bulls
The Bet: Over 20.5 Points (-118)
Victor Oladipo will finally make his Rockets debut following his trade as the main piece coming back to Houston in the James Harden deal last Wednesday. Oladipo brings 20 points per game to the team and seems to be in good spirits and happy to be a member of the Rockets. The former Pacer said, “I’m blessed and fortunate to be here. My goal for this season is to win and win and win some more. Exhaust my potential here.”
Well, let the exhausting begin against a team Oldaipo knows very well from his long tenure in the East, the Chicago Bulls. The energetic guard already dropped 22 in Chicago this season on Boxing Day. Oladipo was red-hot that day, shooting 67 percent from the field, including 5-5 from behind the arc in just 25 minutes in the Pacers’ blowout win. Now the 28-year-old goes back to the scene of the crime to try and make a splash for his new team.
Oladipo has been good against Chicago his entire career with a near 21 point per game average. In his last full season, the former Indiana Hoosier lit up the Bulls for over 30 a game, including a dynamite 36-point performance against Chicago. This coming a year after Oldaipo average 25 against the Bulls in three games in the 2017-18 season. The 2013 second overall pick was an All-Star in both seasons.
On Monday night, Oladipo will get to feast on a Bulls defense ranked 28th in the league giving up 120 points per game. Chicago has been particularly bad on the perimeter, Oladipo’s specialty, where they allow the fifth most three-pointers in the league. Victor hits nearly three triples a night. Expect Oladipo to want to make an immediate impact and great first impression on his new team and be a focal point of the offense, especially with John Wall out.
The Rockets are a -2 point road favorite at FanDuel’s Sportsbook, while the Moneyline has ballooned to -124. The total sits at a rather bulbous 226.5, so points should come aplenty.
Los Angeles Lakers Anthony Davis vs. Golden State Warriors
The Bet: Over 9.5 Points (-140)
Anthony Davis recently challenged his Laker teammates to be better on defense. It’s hard to argue with a two-time NBA All-Defensive team member (including last season with LA), a three-time league leader in blocked shots, and a career 10.3 per game rebounder.
The Lakers big man is below his career average at 8.3 boards per game this season, but he’s also been playing about three minutes fewer than his career average. Davis does have five games of double-digit rebounds this year, and part of the reason for the slight dip could be the Lakers hit so many of their darn shots. LA is the league’s third-best team shooting nearly 49 percent per game. A few offensive rebound opportunities less than the days AD played with those horrible New Orleans’ teams.
That being said, the multi-time All-Star has a great matchup with an undersized, small-ball team in Golden State. The Warriors allow the third-most rebounds in the NBA, giving up nearly 50 boards a night. They are also hanging around the league’s bottom-ten, pulling down only 44 rebounds per game.
Davis is averaging 12.2 rebounds per game in 21 career meetings with the Warriors, including pulling down ten in their February matchup last year. This coming a year after AD put up 18 and 12 rebound games in two meetings with Golden State with the Pelicans in 2018-19. G-State doesn’t really have a player big and strong enough to box Davis out consistently.
The Lakers are big -8.5 point home favorites with a valueless -405 on the Moneyline. The total sits an offense friendly 226 points at FanDuel’s Sportsbook, so expect the shots and points to fly.