Best player prop bets for Sunday’s NBA slate: Wood set to clean the glass

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Like most Lithuanians, I started watching basketball from the age of six. I'm based out in London and played basketball at the University of Lincoln here in the UK. I had always had an interest in the NBA but things really took off in the summer of 2010. That year Linas Kleiza led Lithuania to 3rd place at the World Championships and signed with the Toronto Raptors to replace the departing Chris Bosh. I've been a Raptors fan since that day and I've not missed a game since. I've been handicapping games for more than a decade, specializing in player props. For Germantas Kneita media enquiries, please email

Eight games on tonight’s NBA slate with plenty of games that have NBA playoff position implications. The pick of the bunch undoubtedly is the matchup between the Brooklyn Nets and the Milwaukee Bucks. The Bucks could reduce the lead to to top of the conference to just two and a half games with a win here tonight. With Kevin Durant and Giannis Antetokounmpo both playing, we could certainly see some fireworks in this one.

Be sure to check out the full game previews here. And now, lets take a look at some of the best player prop picks for todays games.

Christian Wood over 9.5 rebounds (+112)

Despite averaging 11 boards per game over the last week, Christian Wood can be very inconsistent with his rebounding numbers and can be very matchup dependant. Tonight against the Knicks, he could have a very favourable opponent, facing off against Nerlens Noel, who is similarly built to him and offers very little in terms of floor spacing. That allows opposing big men to remain in the paint and collect defensive boards, especially with Noel not being much of an offensive rebounder.

The list of centers that have been able to take advantage of the Noel matchup recently is extensive. Nikola Vucevic, Kristaps Porzingis, Clint Capela and Deandre Ayton have all been able to record at least 12 rebounds against the Knicks, and there is no reason to believe Wood cannot be the latest name to join them.

Be sure to check out our full game preview for New York Knicks vs. Houston Rockets.

Robert Williams III over 9.5 points (-102)

Robert Williams III moved back into the starting lineup in the Celtics last game against the Spurs and managed to score 10 points in 23 minutes of actions. That is exactly in line with his production this season as in the games he starts he averages 10 points in 25 minutes of playing time.

The last game that he played before his recent injury troubles was against the Trail Blazers where he was able to score 16 points on the night. They are a favourable opponent for him as the pair of Jusuf Nurkic and Enes Kanter lack the mobility to stick with him. Players like Blake Griffin, Jonas Valanciunas and Ivica Zubac have all managed double-digit points against the pair recently and with Williams III ability to effectively finish around the rim, he should be able to do the same.

Be sure to check out our full game preview for Portland Trail Blazers vs. Boston Celtics.

Chris Paul under 15.5 points (-106)

The Phoenix Suns are 15-point favourites heading into tonight’s game in what is set to be a blowout win for the team. That could really limit Pauls playing time here which could severely impact his scoring. Paul has not scored 15 points in any of the last three games that the Suns have won by double-digits and with him potentially not playing more than 22 minutes tonight, that could be set to continue.

The Thunder have had some success in containing guards despite heavy losses. In recent games players like Ben Simmons, Eric Bledsoe, Lonzo Ball and Edmond Sumner have failed to reach the 15 point mark. With Paul considered a pass first point guard too, he may look to get his other teammates involved rather than attempting to score himself here.

Be sure to check out our full game preview for Phoenix Suns vs. Oklahoma City Thunder.

Luka Doncic under 9.5 assists (-105)

Luka Doncic had a monster assist game against the Wizards in his last outing, managing 20 on the night. However, this line as a major overreaction and the under seems to be a great value bet. Doncic has managed double digit assists just three times in his last 22 games. Prior to the game against the Wizards, he followed up each double digit assist night with eight or fewer dimes. Doncic has not recorded double digit assists in back-to-back games since the middle of March, look for that to continue here tonight.

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