Best NBA Player Props Bets for January 25
A big ten-game slate in the NBA on Monday night with the Kings and Grizzlies already postponed. The first tip-off of the evening gets underway at 7:00 p.m., while there are four late games with a pair starting at 9:00 and two at 10:00 p.m. ET. 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. Let’s keep our hot streak going tonight as we’ve hit 12 of our past 14 props picks. We’re coming off a 2-0 night where Giannis Antetokounmpo hit the recommended under in points scored against the Lakers, and Mitchell Robinson went above 18.5 points+rebound vs. Golden State last week. 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. As always, our great friends at the FanDuel Sportsbook have you covered for all the latest odds and best bets.
Boston Celtics Jaylen Brown vs. Chicago Bulls
The Bet: Over 25.5 Points (-110)
Jaylen Brown has been on an absolute heater of late. Brown has led the Celtics in scoring in each of the past five games, most recently dropping 33 points in just 19 wins in a blowout win over Cleveland on Sunday night. This coming a game after putting up a season-high-tying 42 points in a loss to the Sixers on Friday. That’s right; it was the second time already this season Jaylen has fired for 42. The Celts guard is putting up nearly 32 a game over his past four and has vaulted himself to sixth in the NBA in scoring at 27.3 a night.
Brown has taken over with Jayson Tatum out recovering from COVID-19 and should continue that trend with Tatum’s expected return Monday night. After missing three weeks, it’s improbable Tatum just jumps in and eats up a ton of minutes. The Celts will likely monitor their superstars’ minutes and continue to rely on Brown to shoulder the offensive load against the Bulls.
Facing Chicago is an excellent place to continue a scoring hot-streak against. The Bulls are allowing the third-most points in the NBA, giving up over 118 a game. Chicago allows the fourth-worst opposing field goal percentage, the fifth most free-throws, and the ninth-highest number of three-pointers. All of those stats cater to Brown’s game, who leads the team with 3.7 free-throws per game while hitting 2.7 triples a night.
Boston is a -4 point road favorite at FanDuel’s Sportsbook, while the Moneyline sits at -184. The total sits at 227, so there should be lots of scoring, with much of it done by the hands of Jaylen Brown.
Portland Trail Blazers Carmelo Anthony vs. Oklahoma City Thunder
The Bet: Over 17.5 Points + Rebounds (-122)
The Trail Blazers play in just their second game in eight days after seeing a pair of contests against Memphis postponed while the Grizzlies deal with COVID-19 issues. It can’t be anything but a good thing for a short-handed team having to heavily rely on their veterans to carry the load while CJ McCollum and Jusuf Nurkic are out with long-term injuries. Carmelo Anthony is one of those older vets.
The 36-year-old will be one of the players asked to step up in the absence of Portland’s two key starters. This will be the third game the Blazers will be without both McCollum and Nurkic in the lineup, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see Portland increase Anthony’s minutes after games of 25:46 and 26:22 playing time. Carmelo has averaged about 16 pts+rebs in the last two games, but those numbers should jump, especially against a team like the Thunder.
Oklahoma City is allowing the second-most rebounds giving up nearly 50 boards per game this season. The Thunder routinely is outrebounded with a smaller team and only pull down 44 a night, putting them near the bottom-ten of the league. They have the league’s second-worst rating of -5.5 in rebound differential.
OKC is not much better on the defensive end. The Thunder ranks 21st in points allowed giving up over 112 a night. They are also in the bottom half of the league in opponent’s field goal percentage.
Carmelo should be a key player in this game and get plenty of opportunities on both the offensive end and on the glass as Portland is missing both things with players out.
The Trail Blazers are -6 home favorites and will look to win their seventh in nine games. The Moneyline suggests that’s a good bet sitting at -220. Expect a fair bit of scoring in this one as well, with a total set to 224.5 at FanDuel’s Sportsbook.