Best NBA Player Props Bets for January 16
A fairly light slate in the NBA on Saturday with just six games on tap and the Pacers-Suns game already postponed. Here’s to a third straight 2-0 props picks performance. I hope you bet with us on our successful Kevin Durant, CJ McCollum, Nikola Jokic, and Domantas Sabonis prop bets this week. Before we get to this evening’s props, make sure you have your fantasy lineups, and also, check out FanDuel’s DFS to put together a team for today’s hoops action. A range of starting times today with the day’s first game getting underway at 5:00 p.m. ET and the final match tipping off at 10:00 p.m. ET out west in Portland. 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. Our good friends provide all the odds over at the FanDuel Sportsbook.
Philadelphia 76ers Tobias Harris vs. Memphis Grizzlies
The Bet: Over 20.5 Points (-104)
The Philadelphia 76ers have been through the wringer lately with multiple players missing time because of injury and/or on the NBA’s COVID-list. That trend will continue with Sixers’ go-to guy Joel Embiid out against the Grizzlies with a right knee issue. Without Embiid, Philly will have to look elsewhere to try and replace his team-leading 25 points a game. Enter Tobias Harris.
Harris is one of those players who missed some time while on the league’s medical protocols program. The Sixers forward missed three games before returning Thursday against the Heat. Harris didn’t look like he missed a beat putting up 18 points on 7 of 13 shooting in 29 minutes of play in the 76ers 125-108 win. Philly showed they could score without Embiid in the lineup with one of their higher totals of the season.
Harris should get more time in his second game back, especially with Embiid on the shelf again. The former Clipper played 37 minutes per game in last year’s playoffs following a season average of 34 minutes of court time a night.
Memphis has been a good defensive team this year, holding opponents to 108 points per game, good for ninth-best in the NBA. That being said, the Grizzlies are a better perimeter defending team than they are inside. And while Harris can score from behind the arc, he’s also very dangerous in the paint, a role that will only expand with center on the shelf. In his only game against the Grizz last year, Harris just eclipsed our needed number putting up 21. The difference being Embiid was in the lineup for Philly, so expect plenty of touches for Tobias tonight.
The 76ers are a -1 point road favorite at FanDuel’s Sportsbook, so a close OT game for our over wouldn’t hurt. The Moneyline in this one sits near even Philly -110, Grizzlies -108 while the total sits in the middle ground at 220.5.
Atlanta Hawks Trae Young vs. Portland Trail Blazers
The Bet: Over 27.5 Points (-110)
Trae Young is coming off the worst game in his professional career, hell, maybe even his entire life. Young had a miserable showing in Utah Friday night when he scored a career-low four points on just 1 of 11 shooting. The Hawks were never in this one finding themselves down 15 at the half on route to the 116-92 loss. Young played a season-low 24 minutes in the blowout loss. Nothing better than getting right back on the horse after falling flat on your face, and he’ll get his chance tonight against Portland.
In the second-leg of a back-to-back, Atlanta travels north to hook up with the Blazers, a team no better for Young to break his slump against. The Hawks point guard has owned the Blazers after being in the NBA for just over two years. Young has averaged almost 30 points in four games, 10 assists, and nearly six boards against Portland in his young career. This includes last year’s early November game where Trae torched the Blazers for 35 in a tight match the Hawks lost in overtime.
This year’s Portland team has continued to struggle on defense, especially on the perimeter. The Blazers allow the fifth-most points in the NBA, giving up 116 a night, including nearly 14 triples per game. Portland has allowed the eight-most three-pointers this season and are regularly finding themselves in shootouts.
A gunfight never bothered a sharpshooter like Trae Young. The former Oklahoma star was fourth in the league last year, putting up 9.5 triples a night and hitting 3.4 of them, the seventh-best mark in the NBA.
It’s extremely unlikely the league’s fourth-top scorer from a season ago with almost 30 a game puts up back-to-back duds. Young will be ready to shake out of his skin in a place he loves to score in on Saturday late night.
The Hawks are a +5 point road dog and +168 on the Moneyline, so they’ll need a big performance from their superstar guard to hand around. The total sits at a Trae Young-friendly 234 points at FanDuel’s Sportsbook, so expect the shots and points to fly.