Best NBA Player Props Bets for January 21
A slow night in the NBA following a jam-packed Wednesday night. Just three games on the sked for tonight, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have some great prop bets to choose from. Only one early match kicking off at 7:30 p.m. while the other two go down on the West coast at 10 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 DFS to put a team together for a big night of hoops action. Let’s keep the heater going tonight as we’ve been bang on for ten of our last 12 props picks, thanks to Freddy VanVleet coming through with the over on Wednesday 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.
Milwaukee Bucks Giannis Antetokounmpo vs. Los Angeles Lakers
The Bet: Under 28.5 Points (-104)
In what could be a preview of the NBA Finals, the Lakers head to Milwaukee to face Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks. Both teams are off to good starts, with Milwaukee at 9-4 and LA at 11-5. As expected, both also being led by their superstars.
Antetokounmpo leads the team and is sixth in the league in scoring, putting up 27.2 points per game, and is picking up right where he left off from last year’s MVP season. The Greek Freak has put up 30-plus points in three of his past five, along with a 43-point performance against the Pistons earlier this month.
It might not be so easy against the tough Lakers defense. LA is giving up the second-fewest points in the league at just 105 a game while holding opponents to only 44.5 percent shooting from the field, good for sixth-best in the NBA.
While Giannis isn’t really a perimeter shooter, he has improved in that aspect, hitting 1.5 triples per game. The Lakers have that covered as well, allowing just 11.5 three-pointers a night, the fourth-best mark in the league.
The Bucks superman hasn’t put up three-straight 30 point games all season and just strung together his first back-to-back 30 point games in his last two. Antetokounmpo should cool off a bit against a Lakers defense featuring LeBron James and Anthony Davis fully keyed in on Milwaukee’s superstar.
The Bucks are -2 point home favorites at FanDuel’s Sportsbook, while the Moneyline is just -124 for Milwaukee and +106 for the Lakers so expect a tight game. The total sits at 228.5, so there should be scoring, but don’t forget the Lakers are the NBA’s sixth-highest scoring team and will try and have someone other than Giannis beat them on Thursday night.
New York Knicks Mitchell Robinson vs. Golden State Warriors
The Bet: Over 18.5 Points + Rebounds (-115)
There are two glaring things the Warriors do not do well; defend and rebound—two things Mitchell Robinson will be doing when he faces Golden State in California on Thursday night.
G-State is giving up 114 points a game, which is the eighth-most scoring allowed in the NBA. They are also routinely getting outrebounded. The Warriors give up the third-most rebounds in the league, allowing opponents to pull down 49 boards a night. They are the tenth worst at pulling down their own rebounds as well. The Warriors only come away with 43.9 rebounds per game. A big reason is they are a severely undersized team and don’t really have many big bodies. Outside of 7′ 1″ rookie James Wiseman, who still has a long way to fill out GS, has no regulars taller than 6’9″.
Robinson has had a bit of an up and down start but is very capable of putting up a double-double. The seven-footer has three double-digit rebound games in his past five with a pair of double-doubles in that span. The Knicks center has seen his minutes rise as the season goes on, and New York will need him to log a lot of court time to try and slow the Warriors’ offense. And once again, Golden State really doesn’t have anyone to box or defend well in the paint.
The Knicks are a +4.5 road underdog but are a scrappy bunch who should give the unrested Warriors all they can handle. New York’s coming in rested while Golden State played last night, so the Knicks Moneyline of +168 is worth a look. The total sits at a low 214 points at FanDuel’s Sportsbook, in what suggests a low-scoring game, which isn’t surprising with the Knicks stingy D.