Best NBA Player Props Bets For January 11
A busy Monday night in the NBA as 14 teams will do battle. Before we get to some props, make sure you have your fantasy lineups set and go choose a team for tonight at FanDuel. We’re always confident in our picks, 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.
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Philadelphia 76ers Joel Embiid vs. Atlanta Hawks
The Bet: Over 29.5 Points (-104)
The 76ers will be a depleted unit for the second-straight game as they deal with a COVID-19 positive test among the troops. Seth Curry tested positive for coronavirus, putting multiple teammates into quarantine because of potential contact with Curry. Four of the Sixers’ five top scorers will miss this matchup with the Hawks. The lone man standing will be team-leading scorer Joel Embiid.
Embiid is Philly’s top-scorer putting up almost 25 points per game, and will literally be the only real option on Monday night against Atlanta. The Sixers will not have much else on offense outside of Embiid unless you consider Tyrese Maxey a weapon. Maxey scored a game-high 39 in the Nuggets loss when the Sixers dressed the league minimum eight players, one of them not being Embiid. Expect most of Maxey’s touches from Denver go immediately to Embiid.
It’s the Shareef-Abdur Rahim rule. Someone’s got to score on a bad team. Rahim made a career of it in Vancouver, leading the Grizzlies in scoring on a horrendous team. Embiid will be the only legitimate starter on the floor for Philly against the Hawks. While projected to score 27.5 points, it’s safe to assume a few extra shots will come away with such a skeleton crew for the Sixers.
Philadelphia is a +6.5 point underdog at FanDuel’s Sportsbook, with the Moneyline at +225. The total of 222 will be tough to hit, but Embiid will do his personal best as the Sixers’ offense centerpiece.
Toronto Raptors Fred VanVleet vs. Portland Trail Blazers
The Bet: Over 20.5 Points (-108)
Despite the Raptors’ poor play to start the season, it hasn’t seemed to affect Fred VanVleet. VanVleet isn’t playing like a fat cat after re-signing for a big contract with Toronto in the short NBA off-season. The former Wichita State Shocker leads the team with 22.1 points and is second on the club, dishing almost six assists per game. FVV has recently put up some of his biggest games of the season, with two 30-plus point games in his past four. The 26-year-old is averaging almost 26 a night in his past six games.
Portland is not exactly the Bad Boys Pistons defense of the late 80s either. The Trail Blazers are giving up the sixth-most points in the NBA at over 115 per game. Portland is also around the league’s bottom-ten in opposing field goal percentage and three-pointers allowed.
VanVleet has been deadly from behind the arc, hitting a team-high 3.7 triples per game. Freddy V is tied for 6th in the league in three-pointers made. He’s also firing at a very efficient rate shooting early 40 percent from three-point land and 46.3 percent from the field.
In his only game against the Blazers last season, VanVleet torched Portland for 30 points in an eight-point Raptors win. That was Toronto’s last game in Portland.
The Raptors are a 5-point road dog, are a value friendly +168 on the Moneyline, while the total is a chunky 230.5 points at FanDuel’s Sportsbook, suggesting there should be a lot of points in this one.