Best NBA Player Props Bets for February 22
A relatively quiet night in the National Basketball Association with a six-pack of games on tap. The first game of the night tips off in Houston as the Bulls visit the Rockets at 8:00 p.m. ET while the late game features LeBron James and the Lakers welcoming league-leading scorer Bradley Beal and the Wizards at 10:00. Remember to jump on those fantasy lineups and get locked and loaded for another night in the NBA.
But don’t stop your fantasy fix there. Also, check out FanDuel to put a team together for tonight’s hoops action. We’re coming off a 1-1 night with Serge Ibaka finishing one point or rebound short of a perfect Sunday. Still, our record since December sits at an impressive 33-18 while we’ll try to get to 35 correct with an undefeated Monday night.
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. As always, our good friends at the FanDuel Sportsbook bring you all the latest and greatest odds.
Charlotte Hornets Gordon Hayward vs. Utah Jazz
The Bet: Under 19.5 Points (-116)
The Charlotte Hornets have the unenviable task of going into Utah to play the Jazz after they’ve lost for the first time in ten games and just the second in their past 22. It’s hard to believe Gordon Hayward and the Hornets will fare well and hand Utah their first losing streak since early January.
Utah’s third-ranked defense should be extra ornery after allowing 116 in a rare loss when beaten by the Clippers on Friday. The Jazz gave up over ten points more than their season average in the LA loss and will certainly look to take it out on a Hornets offense in the bottom-ten of the league. Utah also ranks second in opposing field goal percentage and is first in the league giving up the fewest three-pointers per game. The three-ball is a go-to weapon for Hayward.
The former Celtic, who leads the Hornets in scoring, attempt more than five triples per game and hits 2.2 a night. Although Hayward leads Charlotte, his scoring has been down lately. The swingman who played the first seven seasons of his career with Utah has gone over 19 points just once in his past five. Hayward is averaging only 15 a game in his past four, with some blame going to Terry Rozier’s emergence on the offensive end.
Rozier has scored 33 or more in each of his past four games, averaging 36 points over that span. The former Louisville standout has taken at least 17 shots in each of those games and has out-attempted Hayward in two of their past three. Charlotte has definitely gone to Rozier more lately as Hayward has battled back issues. It will not only be challenging for Gordon to score on Utah’s elite defense but for Charlotte to stay competitive in this game against the heavily favored Jazz.
Utah is a -13 point home favorite, with the Moneyline sitting at a ridiculous -900, so a blowout that sees Hayward on the bench early is not out of the realm of possibility. The total at FanDuel’s Sportsbook is 227.5, which would be higher if not for Utah’s stellar defense.
Phoenix Suns Chris Paul vs. Portland Trail Blazers
The Bet: Over 18.5 Points+Rebounds (-122)
While one player will stay under 20, another should reach the mark of one score. Chris Paul has been a godsend for the Phoenix Suns. Not only has the experienced point guard brought leadership and a veteran presence to a young and up-and-coming team, but he’s also been contributing on the stat sheet.
Paul leads the team with 8.5 assists per game and continually has the ball in his hands for the Suns. While CP3 is the key facilitator in Phoenix, he can still fill up the basket. The 35-year-old is averaging 17 a game but has games of 29, 28, and 34 in his past ten. Chris has done this kind of damage against much better defenses than the Trail Blazers.
Portland ranks 25th in both opposing field goal percentage and points allowed, giving up over 115 a game. They also are in the bottom ten of the league in opponents’ three-point field goal percentage, and while the three-ball is not a top weapon for Paul, he can definitely hit them. The former Clipper is nailing 1.6 triples a night on almost 40 percent shooting from behind the arc.
Chris Paul has had some big games against the Blazers, including a 30-point performance last January in a season he averaged nearly 22 a game in four meetings with Portland. Expect the 16-year vet to come out firing against one of the weaker backcourts in the game.
The Suns are -6 point home favorites with a -245 Moneyline. FanDuel’s Sportsbook has a total of 227.5, which should be mostly accounted for by Paul’s Suns.