Best NBA Player Prop Bets for May 3rd
The stretch to the end of the regular begins with an eight-game Monday. The Pacers and the Wizards start the night at 7:00 p.m. ET while the Nuggets vs. Lakers are the marquee 10:00 game. As the NBA regular season comes to an end, most leagues enter their fantasy finals, so good luck to those who have risen to the top and make sure you get those lineups set.
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A rough Saturday missing our Collin Sexton under by a single bucket has the season record at 67-58. Let’s start the week off right with an undefeated Monday.
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Memphis Grizzlies Ja Morant vs. New York Knicks
The Bet: Under 19.5 Points (-122)
The New York Knicks hit the road to Memphis, trying to hold on to the fourth seed with continued strong defensive play. New York has held the title of stingiest D all year and still gives up the fewest points per game. Not only is 104.6 against the league’s best mark, but their 44.3 percent opponents’ field goal rate is also the lowest in the NBA.
New York is strong defending both the paint and perimeter. The Knicks give up the fourth-fewest points in the key and are a top-ten team in opponents’ three-pointers made. They’ve held their past two opponents to under 100 points and are actually slightly better defenders away from home.
Ja Morant is scoring a little more than last season’s rookie campaign putting up 19.3 a game to lead a balanced Grizzlies offense. While he’s averaging 1.5 points more this year, the sophomore guard is shooting over two percent lower at 45.5 from the field. Morant’s three-point rate is down to 30 from 33, and while he’s slightly more productive playing a minute more per game this year, he hasn’t been as efficient.
The drop in efficiency has led to inconsistency. Morant had an eight-point dud against Orlando on Friday after a 12-point game against the Blazers on Wednesday. The 21-year-old shot 26 percent from the field in those two games against a pair of defenses much less intimidating than New York.
The Grizzlies are -3.5 point home favorites with a -152 moneyline, so this one should stay close. The FanDuel Sportsbook’s total is a middling 220 points.
Indiana Pacers Caris LeVert vs. Washington Wizards
The Bet: Over 22.5 Points (-110)
After finding out he had a mass on his kidney from a physical following his early-season trade to Indiana, Caris LeVert’s career appeared as if it could be in jeopardy. Two months after the deal with Brooklyn, Levert made his Pacers debut in mid-March and now seems to be in mid-season form.
The former Net led Indiana with a 22.1 point per game clip for April and continued his hot streak into May. LeVert is coming off a 25-point effort to start the month when the Pacers dropped a franchise-record 152 on Oklahoma City.
In his past six games, the 26-year-old has scored 24.7 a night while shooting nearly 52 percent from the field. Indiana has a litany of injuries, and team-leading scorer Malcolm Brogdon may miss tonight’s game with the Wizards. If that’s the case, LeVert will shoulder even more of the offensive load against a lousy defense.
While Washington has improved, they are still giving up the third-most points in the league and sixth most since the All-Star break. The Wizards are also in the bottom half of the league in paint points allowed, a place LeVert gets almost 25 percent of his scoring done.
Indiana is a +3.5 point road dog and +142 on the moneyline. The total at the FanDuel Sportsbook is bonkers at 246 points in a game that should feature a ton of scoring between a pair of teams that don’t defend all that well.