Best NBA Player Props Bets for January 26
A quiet Tuesday in the NBA with just three games on the slate. All games are getting underway between 7:30 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. ET. Make sure you get that fantasy lineup set on a sleepy schedule of hoops tonight.
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 are officially on fire coming off another 2-0 props picks night on Monday. The hot streak extends correctly, recommending 14 of our past 16 selections. Carmelo Anthony and Jaylen Brown were the players to keep it going. Carmelo went well over 17.5 pts+rebs, scoring a season-high 22 while adding six boards. Jaylen went just a half-point over the number we needed putting up 26 points against the 25.5 number. 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.
Houston Rockets John Wall vs. Washington Wizards
The Bet: Over 21.5 Points (-102)
John Wall is about to face the team he spent ten years with for the first time in his career. The Washington Wizards drafted Wall with the first overall pick way back in 2010. The skilled guard had spent his entire career with the Wiz before being traded to the Rockets for Russell Westbrook right before the start of the season. The jury is still out on Wall as a Rocket as the point guard has only played eight games with the team so far this season. The former Kentucky Wildcat played for the first time since January 12 in Houston’s win over the Mavericks on Saturday. Returning from a knee issue, Wall scored seven points with eight assists in just 20 minutes.
With three days rest, Wall should come in feeling good with that ailing knee well rested and ready to show his former teammates he’s still got it. The 30-year-old did bust out of the gates this season, playing at least 33 minutes in each of the first four games. Wall put up games of 28, 22, and 28 during that opening four-game stretch and should continue to round into that kind of form. With star big man Christian Wood doubtful for this game with an ankle injury, the offensive load will fall squarely on the shoulders of the backcourt. That means Wall, along with Victor Oladipo, who’s also worth a look in the props game, should have plenty of looks against the Wizards.
Washington is one of the worst defensive teams in the league and will still be shorthanded on Tuesday. The Wizards are giving up the most points in the league at 121 a game and have the league’s second-worst opposing field goal percentage. Bradley Beal and Russell Westbrook have to be the worst defensive backcourt in the game, so Wall should have his chance to carve up his former teammates.
The Rockets are -3.5 point home favorites at FanDuel’s Sportsbook, while the Moneyline sits at -164. The total sits at 231.5, so expect a ton of scoring, and while the NBA’s scoring leader Bradley Beal should do much of it, his former backcourt partner, John Wall, will do his share of shooting as well.
New York Knicks Mitchell Robinson vs. Utah Jazz
The Bet: Under 15.5 Points + Rebounds (-105)
We’re taking the opposite end with the man who helped get us a perfect 2-0 picks night last week. While Mitchell Robinson hit our recommended over in this very same category against the Warriors last Thursday, we’re flipping the script and wishing our man Mitch bad juju tonight. Robinson comes in averaging 9.2 points and 8.4 rebounds per game, which is a 17.6 total average for those mathematically challenged. While Robinson is a pretty solid bet on the glass, his scoring is all over the place. The former second-round pick has put up games of 3, 4, 6, and five points this season, and you never really know when Mitch is going to be a dud on the offensive end. It kind of goes with the territory as the Knicks are the lowest-scoring team in the NBA.
Facing a team like the Jazz and matching up with former Defensive Player of the Year, Rudy Gobert has the dud alarm ringing off the hook. First off, Utah is ranked third in the NBA, allowing 106 points a game while holding opponents to the league’s second-lowest field goal percentage. Ironically the Knicks are the only one of two teams ahead of them in each category. Utah is all alone thought leading the field with nearly 50 rebs per game. The man anchoring that defense is a huge reason for the Jazz’s defensive success and will undoubtedly be covering Robinson tonight.
Gobert is third in the league with 13.5 rebounds, including the second-most defensive boards in the NBA, grabbing 10.1 per game. Gobert grabbing those boards limits second-chance points for big men like Robinson. Another thing that will slow Mitchell is the big Frenchman’s shot-blocking ability. Gobert is second in the league with 2.7 swats a night, which should help keep the Knicks center at bay on Tuesday night.
Don’t forget the Jazz are looking to extend the league’s longest win streak of the season to nine games and have been blowing teams out during the streak. Hosting the Knicks at Vivint Smart Home Arena, nothing says the heavily favored Jazz can’t blow out New York and limit Mitchell’s playing time.
The Jazz are big-time favorites with an 11.5 spread, while the Moneyline sits at a valueless, insane -720. That means if you put $10 on Utah, you’d come away with enough to buy a soda with $1.58. No surprise, the total of 210.5 is very low at FanDuel’s Sportsbook between these two stingy defenses.