Best player prop bets for Friday's NBA slate: Young looks to stay hot

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After only four games on Thursday, the NBA returns with a 10-game slate on Friday night. We have some tasty games being played this evening, so be sure to check out our picks on the side and total for each of those in our full-game previews.

For now though let’s focus on our three best player prop picks for tonight.

Trae Young to score Over 27.5 Points vs. Washington Wizards (-110)

The Atlanta Hawks have finally woken up and they will go only as far as Trae Young takes them this season. After a four-point performance on January 15th, Young is averaging 32.1 points per game including one 43-point game and two 38-point performances. In his last outing he scored 28 points against the Brooklyn Nets, and playing against Washington, arguably the worst defensive team in the NBA, he is unlikely to have any problems going over his average for the season. He has made at least three shots from beyond the arc in his last four games, and just seven days ago he made eight from downtown against Minnesota.

Be sure to check out our full game preview for Atlanta Hawks vs. Washington Wizards.

Brook Lopez to score Over 11.5 Points vs. New Orleans Pelicans (-110)

Brook Lopez has been in good form lately — he has played 30+ minutes in four of five games and has scored in double digits in five games in a row. In his last outing, he put up 20 points against the Toronto Raptors while shooting 72 percent from the field. The New Orleans Pelicans haven’t been playing well defensively as of late and in their previous five games they’ve allowed an average of 119.2 per game. This one is likely to turn into a shootout so expect plenty of scoring on both sides and for Lopez to get his share of the points.

Don’t forget to check our Milwaukee Bucks vs. New Orleans Pelicans preview.

Kevin Durant to score Over 27.5 Points vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (-120)

You just know Kevin Durant will be pumped to put on a show against his former team. The Thunder are allowing 112.4 points per game this season which ranks in the bottom 10 in the NBA. Durant himself has exceeded all expectations this season, coming back from an Achilles injury, and is averaging 30.5 points per game on the season. That number has gone up in his last six contests to 32.1 points per game. He dropped 32 on the Hawks in his last game on 50 percent shooting, and Oklahoma City doesn’t have anyone on their roster who could stay in front of Durant.

Check out our Brooklyn Nets vs Oklahoma City Thunder preview.

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