Best NBA player prop bets for today, 1/5: Jayson Tatum steps up in MVP showdown

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We’ve got a small 4-game NBA slate today, but it is made up for with the caliber of matchups. The highlight of the night is the Boston Celtics (-2) against the Dallas Mavericks, as the Celtics look to break a 2-game skid. We will get an MVP showdown between Luka Doncic (+280) and Jayson Tatum (+420) which should not disappoint. In the late slot, we have the Clippers traveling to Denver (-5), but at the time of writing we do not have any indication on Kawhi Leonard or Paul George’s status, but the expectation is that they will play. With some hot games on tap, I’ve put together my best NBA player props, which you can find below. Make sure you also check out our NBA picks for each of tonight’s 4 games.

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Jayson Tatum (BOS) over 37.5 points + rebounds (-127)

Line available on Caesars Sportsbook at time of publishing.

Tatum’s last 3 matchups against the Mavericks have been a success in the rebound column, grabbing 13, 11 and 11. Dallas has played well of late but is allowing the 3rd-most RPG to opposing PFs and the 5th-most PPG to opposing PFs over the last 7 games. Dallas is also dead last in offensive rebounding efficiency. The Celtics, including Tatum, will be highly motivated coming off that ugly 33-point loss to the Thunder the other night and are 2-point favorites on the road. 1U

Be sure to check out our full Boston Celtics vs Dallas Mavericks predictions

Paolo Banchero (ORL) under 28.5 points and rebounds (-118)

Line available on FanDuel Sportsbook at the time of publishing.

Both Memphis and Orlando are on a back-to-back tonight, and it doesn’t appear to be in Paolo Banchero’s favor. The rookie has only hit this line in 3 of the last 10 and is 0-5 against this figure in all back-to-backs this season. The Grizzlies (Steven Adams) have dominated the glass of late and are ranked #1 in opp shooting efficiency at the rim and #2 for mid-range — this is where Paolo lives offensively.  The Grizzlies are 3-1 ATS on back-to-backs so it’s a tough spot for Paolo to come out on top. 1U

Be sure to check out our full Memphis Grizzlies vs Orlando Magic predictions

NBA $5 and a Dream Parlay (+7080)

  • Jayson Tatum 10+ rebounds & Celtics ML (+340)
  • Steven Adams double-double & Grizzlies ML (+174)
  • Alperen Sengun 10+ rebounds (+175)
  • Jalen Green 3+ threes (+135)

$5 pays $354

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