Best player prop bets for Monday’s NBA slate: Dame looks to torch the Raptors

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Filip Tomic

NBA· 1 year ago

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Long time NBA fan, have been following the game closely for 21 years now. Joining the Pickswise writing staff for the 2020-21 season. Hopefully we can make some money together! Oh, and I firmly believe Lebron James is not one of the two best basketball players of all time. Yeah, I said it.

A total of 16 teams are in action this Monday night as the NBA continues to roll on. As always, you can find out our picks on the side and total for each of the eight games, but right now we’re focusing on player props. With nearly three weeks gone, everyone’s starting to get a better idea of what players are looking like this season. While that can make it slightly harder to find a real edge, I’ve zoned in on three that I really like the look of and believe offer good value. Let’s check them out.

Damian Lillard to score over 27.5 points (-112)

It feels like Dame and C.J. have been taking turns on who will lead the team in scoring on given nights. Last time out against the Kings it was C.J. McCollum with 37, while Damian Lillard dropped 17 points. Lillard has always responded well after sub-par games. He only scored nine points on opening night and followed that up with 32 points in the next game. Against the Clippers on Dec. 30, he only had 20 points and bounced back with 34 points the following night. On Jan. 5, he had 24 points against the Bulls and then dropped a cold 39 points on Minnesota the next night. He has gone over the 30-point mark five times already this season, I see no reason why he won’t do so tonight as well.

Don’t forget to check out our Toronto Raptors vs Portland Trail Blazers Predictions.

Devin Booker to score over 25.5 points (-110)

Only once this season has Devin Booker failed to score 20+ points — he is one of the most consistent players on the offensive end in the NBA. The Suns have been on a roll, winning seven of their last 10 games, and have a pretty good 4-2 record on the road. They are facing one of the worst teams in the NBA in Washington, who is allowing 122.7 points per game. The Wizards are also 0-5 at home this season and have lost an inside presence with Thomas Bryant going down with an ACL injury. Booker should eclipse this number in this one.

Be sure to also read our side and totals picks for Phoenix Suns vs. Washington Wizards.

LaMelo Ball to score over 13.5 points (-114)

The youngest of the Ball brothers has been ballin’ out lately. He’s coming off a 22-point triple-double performance against the Atlanta Hawks in which he shot the ball 69 percent from the field. He became the youngest player in NBA history to record a triple-double. In 2021, his scoring has reached double figures in all six games for the Hornets, averaging 14.5 points per game and helping his team win three of those. In four home games this season, he’s averaging 14 points per game and I expect him to get even more minutes in tonight’s game following the big performance he had against Atlanta.

Take a look at our New York Knicks vs Charlotte Hornets predictions here.

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