Best NBA player prop bets for Friday, 1/13: CJ McCollum stays hot against Pistons
There are 9 games in the NBA on Friday night with many star players in action, with some injuries opening up some value on player props. Five games have a line of 5 points or fewer and 5 games have a total of at least 233 points, with the Warriors-Spurs game the highest at 244 points. Here are my best player props for tonight, but make sure you also check out our NBA picks for each of today’s 9 matchups.
CJ McCollum over 26.5 points (-109)
Odds available at Caesars Sportsbook at time of publishing.
McCollum continues to flourish without Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram, getting an increase in usage by 5.2%. The Pelicans guard has scored at least 28 points in 4 consecutive games, including 34 and 38 points in the last 2 games. McCollum has at least 21 shots from the field in all 4 games. The Pistons are a good matchup and are struggling to defend point guards, allowing them to average 32.1 points over the last 7 games, and they allow the 4th-most points to point guards on the season. In the last 7 games without Williamson, McCollum is averaging 29.1 points per game. The Pistons rank 29th in defensive efficiency and the game total is 234 points.
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Kawhi Leonard over 33.5 points+rebounds (-120)
Odds available at DraftKings Sportsbook at time of publishing.
It’s difficult relying on Leonard since he is in and out of the lineup due to injuries and rest. The Clippers forward is healthy and hasn’t played since Tuesday. He’s more appealing with Paul George sitting again. Leonard is also playing without a minutes restriction, with 36 minutes in his last game a season-high 38 minutes in the prior game. Leonard reminded people why he’s still one of the best players in the NBA with 29 points and 7 rebounds on Sunday against the Hawks and had 33 points and 9 rebounds on Tuesday against the Mavericks. The Clippers were embarrassed in Denver last week and the starters only played the first half. This game will be in Los Angeles and Leonard should lead the team to a better performance tonight.
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