Best NBA Player Props Bets for January 27
Maybe one of the busiest nights of the season as 24 of the league’s 30 teams are in action Wednesday night. This jampacked slate would have been even more active if the already postponed Bulls-Grizzlies game wasn’t off the board. Seven of these contests start at 7:30 p.m. ET or earlier, so make sure you get those fantasy lineups mastered early. You could have some tough decisions on who to send to the bench on such a hectic night.
But don’t stop your fantasy fix there. Also, check out FanDuel to put a team together for a big night of hoops action. As you already know, if you’ve been following our picks, we have been absolutely scorching this month. Tuesday night saw another perfect 2-0 performance bringing our hot streak to 16 of our past 18 selections. John Wall got his revenge on his former Wizards teammates hitting the over in points while lanky Knicks center Mitchell Robinson went under as expected in points+rebounds against the red-hot Jazz. 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 pals at FanDuel Sportsbook set you up with all the latest and greatest odds.
New Orleans Pelicans Zion Williamson vs. Washington Wizards
The Bet: Over 33.5 Points+Rebounds (-113)
We’re going back to the well for a second-straight night against one of the worst defenses in the league. After John Wall torched his former Wizards squad for a team-high 24, going over our recommended prop play of 21.5 points scored, last night for the Rockets were playing against the Wiz yet again. Why, you ask? Well, Washington is giving up the second-most points in the game at 120.2 a night. This rank is still standing pat even after holding Rockets to just 107 in Tuesday’s loss.
The Wizards aren’t much better on the glass. Washington allows nearly 46 boards a night, which puts them around the bottom ten in the league. They are only pulling down 43 rebounds per game of their own, which lands them with a number 21 NBA ranking.
Two things Zion Williamson does is score and clean up the glass. Zion leads the Pelicans with 23.4 points per game while is second on the club, pulling down nearly eight boards a night. The 2019 first overall pick has scored in double-digits in every game this season, so consistency is never a problem. Williamson also has six games where he’s pulled down at least ten boards this year.
Washington is banged up and very shorthanded in the frontcourt where Zion lives. They are also playing in back-to-back nights on the road and had to travel from Houston to New Orleans for this game. Some other players could be rested or have their minutes scaled back in this second leg facing Zion and the Pels. Either way, the Wizards don’t have a body that can bang with Williamson, and he should have his way with them in the paint.
The Pelicans are -8 point home favorites at FanDuel’s Sportsbook, while the Moneyline sits at -335. The total at 227.5 reflects the poor Washington defense. So expect plenty of scoring with Zion doing plenty of damage inside the Wizards key all night long.
Denver Nuggets Nikola Jokic vs. Miami Heat
The Bet: Under 22.5 Points (-106)
Nikola Jokic is having perhaps the best season of anyone in the NBA right now, certainly from a fantasy perspective. The Nuggets big man is averaging more assists than any other center in NBA history and is filling the stat sheet with everything from shooting percentages, to steals, to points to rebounds. He truly is a fantasy hoops godsend. Miami is one team the Joker hasn’t shown supreme deity dominance against.
The Heat have played quite well against the seven-footer of late. In their first meeting of the season last year, Miami held Jokic to just nine points on 4-15 shooting from the field. In the rematch, Jokic fared better, putting up 19, but the Heat still held him to just 43 percent in a Miami win in the bubble. While the big Serbian has had stronger performances against the Heat, he’s still been held to only a 19 point career average in ten games facing Miami.
South Florida’s finest have also been bullies inside on the defensive end. Miami leads the league giving up an NBA-low 38.8 points in the paint per game this season. The Heat is also right there with the league’s top-ten in opponents’ field goal percentage. While Jokic can hit the three, he relies on the inside game for much of his offensive attack. A big reason for his struggles against Miami.
Denver will play their fourth game on the road in six nights once they suit up in Miami. That’s three cities in less than a week, from Phoenix to Dallas to South Florida. You have to think Jokic and the Nuggets could be a little road weary after all the travel and the amount of court time in a short period. I know how much a flight over two hours drives me nuts, so I can’t imagine what it’s like for a giant who stands a foot taller than me. Jokic coming out a bit sluggish against a team that defends him well would not at all be a surprise.
Denver is a -6 road favorite holding the Moneyline at -250 against a shorthanded Heat team. They can still defend shorthanded or not, evident by holding Brooklyn and their Big Three under 100 points on Monday. Probably why the total of 219.5 is lower at FanDuel’s Sportsbook, even though they’re facing the NBA’s third-highest scoring team in the Nuggets.