Best NBA Player Props Bets for April 7th
A good slate of games going down, although a little slower for a Wednesday following full schedules on Monday and Tuesday in the Association. Nine games in all, kicking off the night in Indiana where the Pacers host Minnesota at 7:00 p.m. ET. A fantastic match ends the night in the west at 10:00 between the Phoenix Suns and Utah Jazz. Make sure you get those lineups locked and loaded for hump day in the NBA.
But don’t stop your fantasy fix there. Also, check out FanDuel to put a team together for tonight’s action on the hardcourt. An incomplete mark for Tuesday after Giannis Antetokounmpo was a late scratch for the Bucks against the Warriors.
We’re still after our first undefeated night of the week as our season mark has taken a bit of a beating lately but still looks excellent overall at 55-42. As always, we 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. When you’re looking to see what’s what, our good friends at the FanDuel Sportsbook have all the up-to-date and best odds in the industry waiting for you.
Orlando Magic Chuma Okeke vs. Washington Wizards
The Bet: Over 12.5 Points (+102)
If you haven’t picked up Chuma Okeke in your fantasy league, what in tarnation are you waiting for?!? Okeke is surprisingly still available in about 45 percent of leagues while getting all the run he can handle for the gutted Orlando Magic. Orlando got rid of basically all of their starters at the deadline, and Okeke is taking full advantage of it. The 2019 16th overall draft pick was toiling in the teens and 20s, playing time-wise until being launched into the starting lineup post-deadline. Chuma has averaged nearly 34 minutes a game since and is putting up numbers during his time. The former Auburn standout has scored at least 14 points in six of seven games averaging 18 over those matchups while shooting a great percentage from two-point range.
Orlando doesn’t have many options, and it appears they are going more and more to their power forward on the offensive end. In the Magic’s last game, Okele led Orlando in minutes with 39 while putting up team-highs in points with 19 and shot attempts with 17 against Denver. Expect the trend to continue as Orlando really wants to evaluate what they have in their former first-round pick.
Going up against a team like the Wizards does nothing but help Okeke’s cause. Washington allows the most points in the league, giving up almost 119 a night on the seventh-highest field goal percentage. The Wizards are also in the bottom half of the league in paint points allowed and third-worst giving up free throws. Not a bad thing for a guy who hasn’t missed a foul shot in six games.
The Magic are +3.5 point home dogs with a +138 moneyline which is worth taking a look at. The FanDuel Sportsbook’s total is on the middle ground at 222.5, where we’re hoping Chuma gets his share.
Brooklyn Nets Kyrie Irving vs. New Orleans Pelicans
The Bet: Over 27.5 Points (-112)
Despite Kevin Durant’s return, expect Kyrie Irving to continue to lead the offense for the Brooklyn Nets. Durant will come back after missing nearly two months with a hamstring injury and almost certainly be on a minutes restriction. Brooklyn will also be without James Harden, who re-injured his hamstring against the Knicks on Monday after playing just four minutes. Irving took over in that one scorching New York for a game-high 40 points to lead the Nets back from 14 down. Kyrie shot 54 percent from the field while nailing five triples in the win.
Irving has scored at least 27 in seven of his past ten games and averaged nearly 35 a game in those contests, including three 40-point performances. The former Cavalier is coming off off a fantastic month of March where he averaged over 30 points a game and will face a defense on Wednesday, likely to keep the trend going.
New Orleans has been a pretty lousy team on the defensive end all year long. The Pels give up the fifth-most points in the league, one slot ahead of the Nets D, at almost 115 a night. Their defense also gives up the seventh-highest field goal percentage in the league and routinely is torched from the outside. New Orleans gives up a league-worst 15.1 triples a night on an NBA-high 39.3 percent shooting rate from behind the arc. Numbers like those have a guy like Kyrie who takes more than seven a game and hits nearly three triples a night.
The Nets are -8.5 point home favorites with a valueless -405 moneyline. Expect a lot of scoring in this one as both teams can score and can’t defend. The potential shootout is reflected in the FanDuel Sportsbook’s total, sitting at a beefy 233.5 points.