Best player props for Friday’s NBA slate: Covington looking to stay locked in against Bucks

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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

There is a big 10-game NBA slate tonight that has plenty of exciting matchups for us to sink our teeth into tonight. This includes Kristaps Porzingis returning to Madison Square Garden to take on the Knicks and Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks taking on Damian Lillard and the Portland Trail Blazers.

Be sere to check out our full game previews here. And now, let’s take a look at four of the best player prop bets I have selected for tonight.

Robert Covington over 9.5 points (-112)

After struggling to score early in the season, Robert Covington has rediscovered his scoring form. He averaged 12.5 points over the month of March after not averaging double-digit points in any previous month this season. Covington has hit double-digit points in each of his last five games and in eight of 10 and has been able to do so through terrific three-point shooting. He was making three shots from deep a game on 50 percent shooting.

The Milwaukee Bucks are not great when it comes to defending threes. Teams can shoot at a 37.5 percent clip against them which puts them 21st in the league in that category. They are 27th in the league in opponent three-pointers made per game, which makes them the perfect opponent for Covington to continue his streak.

Be sure to check out our full game preview for Milwaukee Bucks vs. Portland Trail Blazers.

Richaun Holmes over 24.5 points + rebounds (-122)

Richaun Holmes has been in terrific form lately averaging 15.7 points and 13.7 rebounds over the last week. He has recorded a combined 25 points and rebounds in four of his last six games, with the other two games missing by just one point and rebound. The Sacramento Kings are facing some injury issues on the front line with Marvin Bagley III and Hassan Whiteside both unavailable which will leave Holmes to play most of the minutes. In the month of March Holmes averaged 32 minutes a game with over 17 points and 11 rebounds. Considering this he should be able to record a double-double here tonight.

Be sure to check out our full game preview for Los Angeles Lakers vs. Sacramento Kings.

Myles Turner over 7.5 rebounds (+120)

Domantas Sabonis is the Leading rebounder for the Pacers, but he suffered a bruised quad in his last game against the Heat. He was dealing with discomfort in training yesterday and is listed as day-to-day for tonight’s game. With him being limited or not available at all, it will be down to Turner to pick up the rebounding responsibilities.

The Charlotte Hornets are not strong on the interior and he is likely to be matched up against Bismack Biyombo and Cody Zeller, neither of which can have the ability to pull Turner away from the rim. The Hornets are also 20th in opponent rebounds per game meaning there should be plenty of opportunities for him to clean the glass tonight.

Be sure to check out our full game preview for Charlotte Hornets vs. Indiana Pacers.

Kemba Walker over 5.5 assists (+190)

This seems like a good value bet. When faced off against the Rockets in March he was able to record five assists in just 26 minutes of action. He is averaging over 33 minutes a night over the last week and if he gets close to those minutes, this line should have a great chance of hitting. He has managed to hit this in three of his last six games. The Rockets are 22nd in the NBA in opponent points per game and the Celtics managed to drop 134 against them in the last game, meaning plenty of assisting opportunities for Walker here. This one is worth a flyer.

Be sure to check out our full game preview for Houston Rockets vs. Boston Celtics.

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