Best NBA Player Props Bets for January 19
A quiet Tuesday in the NBA following a full slate for Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday. Just a pair of games on deck, both getting underway at 9:00 p.m. ET. Lots of time to set those fantasy lineups, and also, check out FanDuel to put together a team for today’s hoops action. We’re on the heels of another 2-0 props picks day from Monday, thanks to Victor Oladipo’s scoring and Anthony Davis’ rebounding. That’s now correct on seven of the past eight picks taking us back to early last week. Let’s keep the ball rolling on Tuesday night. While we always stand behind our selections, 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.
New Orleans Pelicans Zion Williamson vs. Utah Jazz
The Bet: Over 21.5 Points (-110)
Zion Williamson has enjoyed a very good start to the season. The Pelicans’ power forward is less than a point off the team-lead, scoring 22.6 points per game and second in rebounds, pulling down 8.3 a night. Zion had proven he can score and is coming off one of his best performances of the year when he dropped 31 on Sacramento on Sunday. He’ll be hard-pressed to repeat that type of performance against his Tuesday night opponents.
The Utah Jazz have turned into one of the best defensive teams in basketball of late. Utah allows the fourth-fewest points in the NBA and is less than three points back of the league lead, giving up 105.4 points per game. They also lead the NBA holding opposing teams to just 43.3 percent shooting from the field. Utah also leads the league with nearly 50 rebounds per game and is sixth in blocked shots.
A big reason for Utah’s staunchness on defense is they play of their big man Rudy Gobert is the league’s second-best rebounder pulling down 13.3 a night and second in blocked shots swatting 2.7 per game. The last and only time Zion face Gobert and the Jazz was last July in the bubble. Williamson scored just 13 points, but since it was his first game since March only played 15 minutes.
There’s no reason the Jazz can’t throw Gobert on Zion if he gets hot. While Utah’s center will most likely have to cover Pels center Steven Adams, he’s not much of a threat, so he’ll definitely be able to help defend in the paint when he’s not guarding Willamson.
The Jazz is -6 point home favorites at FanDuel’s Sportsbook, while the Moneyline is a rather husky -240. The total sits at just 217.5, so points should be at a premium.
Denver Nuggets Nikola Jokic vs. Oklahoma City Thunder
The Bet: Over 36.5 Points+Rebounds (-108)
Nikola Jokic is having an MVP caliber season for the Nuggets this year. The big Serbian is averaging a triple-double with 25 points, 11.4 rebound, and 10.3 assists per game. That’s right, not a typo; a seven-footer is putting up more than ten dimes a night. In fact, the mountain of a man leads the league in assists by a full dime a game and is averaging the most helpers by a center in the history of the NBA.
Jokic is also a league top-ten scorer and is seventh in the league in rebounding. The 25-year-old is also hitting 1.3 triples per game and has fantastic shooting rates nailing 57 percent of his shots from the field and hitting 85 percent from the line.
A matchup with the Thunder is just what the doctor ordered for Jokic, fantasy owners, and prop bet enthusiasts. Oklahoma City is giving up just about the most rebounds in the league at nearly 50 a game. The Thunder aren’t much better at keeping balls out of the basket either, as OKC allows 112 points a game for an NBA bottom-ten ranking. They are also third-worst, giving up 49.5 points per game in the paint, which is not a good thing when facing a near 7 foot, one-inch beast.
Jokic carved up the Thunder in three games last season. The 2014 second-round draft steal put up 30 points and 11 boards per game against OKC in 2019-20. Jokic combined for more points and rebounds over the Thunder last year than any other NBA team, and last year, OKC had near seven-footer Steven Adams in the middle to try and slow the Serb down. Now the Thunder have 6’9″ Al Horford in the middle and a very small frontcourt to try and defend the Joker.
The Nuggets are big -10 point home favorites with a valueless -550 on the Moneyline. The total sits at a middle of the road 220.5 points at FanDuel’s Sportsbook, with the Nuggets likely to take most of that number.