Best NBA Player Props Bets for January 20
A busy night in the Association following a quiet Tuesday night. Ten games on tap in all, with the Wizards-Hornets game already postponed because of Washington’s COVID issues. Pretty much games on the hour with the first tip getting underway at 7:00 p.m. ET while the last match of the nights goes at 10:00 p.m. Make sure you get that fantasy lineup set, where there may be some tough choices on who plays and who sits with such a packed schedule. But don’t stop your fantasy fix there. Also, check out FanDuel to put a team together for a big night of hoops action. We’re on the heels of another 2-0 props picks day from Tuesday as both Nikola Jokic, and Zion Williamson hit their recommended overs. That means nine of our past ten prop selections have paid off, so let’s keep it going for at least another night. While we always stand behind our choices, 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.
Brooklyn Nets Kyrie Irving vs. Cleveland Cavaliers
The Bet: Under 22.5 Points (-110)
The Kyrie Irving wild roadshow makes it’s return to the Nets for the first time since January 5th. Irving has missed the team’s past seven games because of personal reasons and the past two trying to get back into game shape. What better place for the carnival to continue then in the city of the team who drafted him first overall all those years ago. Since then, he’s burned bridges with LeBron James and the Cavs, in Boston, claimed the earth is flat, and is attempting to pour gasoline and torch the Brooklyn Bridge. It remains to be seen if Irving has shaken off his issues this year and is ready to kick off the Big Three era in Brooklyn.
Wednesday night will feature the debut of the Nets trio of superstars playing together following the James Harden trade to Brooklyn last week. In his first game with the Nets and Kevin Durant only, Harden went out and put up a triple-double of 32 points, 12 rebounds, and 14 assists in a win over Orlando on Saturday. All he did to follow that up was lay out a line of 34 points and 12 assists to go along with six boards in a two-point win over the Bucks. Harden had the ball in his hands almost constantly in his first two games with the Nets, and it remains to be seen if that changes with Irving back in the lineup.
Kyrie has also been out for over two weeks and clearly couldn’t suit up right away. Is a couple of days enough to get Irving into shape in an offense he might be the third option? That also remains to be seen.
Cleveland might not be the best place for Irving’s return either. First, it’s a road game, so add the travel to the already out of shape, possibly rusty player. Second, the Cavaliers have been one of the best defensive teams in basketball this year. Cleveland is allowing the second-fewest points in the league at 103 points per night. The Cavs are second in the league in steals, tenth in blocked shots, and are holding teams to just 45 percent shooting from the floor.
It will be surprising if Brooklyn parades Kyrie out to a full load of court time, considering they have two other top offensive options and a player that can run the point in Harden. His conditioning is still in question, and it could be tough getting his on his former team that has reinvented itself as a staunch defensive front.
The Nets are -10.5 point road favorites at FanDuel’s Sportsbook, while the Moneyline is a massive -560. If the blowout goes down as predicted, Brooklyn may have no reason to push Kyrie’s minutes. The total sits at 226, which accounts for the Nets’ lethal offense over Cleveland’s stingy defense.
Toronto Raptors Fred VanVleet vs. Miami Heat
The Bet: Over 18.5 Points (-118)
The Toronto Raptors have started to turn things around after a horrible start to the season. A big part of the Raptors’ attack is Fred VanVleet, and the fact he’s coming off a bad game is actually a good thing. VanVleet scored just six points on 2-10 shooting, 1-6 from behind the arc, in Toronto’s 116-93 win over the Mavericks on Monday. Freddy V rarely follows a dud with a dud.
After a nine-point season opener, VanVleet put up 27 in his next game. Following an eight-point performance in the next game, FVV went off for 25. On January 6th, the Raptors guard scored 13 against the Suns, which isn’t bad. But it’s not the 34 points he put up just two days later against the Kings. Now he’s coming off a season-low six-point effort and about to face a team he’s had quite a bit of success against.
Last season VanVleet averaged nearly 21 points per game against the Heat, including a 36-point performance over Miami in the Raps’ second game in the bubble. And the South Florida team is in much worse shape this season.
Miami has been rocked by COVID-19, with multiple players put on the NBA’s health and safety list. Among those players has been the team’s best defender, Jimmy Butler. Butler will miss his fifth straight game Wednesday against Toronto. Without Jimmy B, Miami has slid into becoming the league’s seventh-worst defense, giving up nearly 114 points a night. They’ve allowed the second-most three-pointers in the NBA, giving up over 15 triples a game. Good news for VanVleet, leading the team and tenth in the league, hitting 3.4 from behind the arc a night.
The Raptors are -4 point home favorites in their home away from home in Tampa, while the Moneyline is at -178. The total sits at a middle of the road 222 points at FanDuel’s Sportsbook, in what should be a close, hotly contested affair.