Best player props for Sunday’s NBA slate: Morant to burn the Blazers

Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant
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Germantas Kneita

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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.

A seven game NBA slate tonight and more opportunities to build on my current form for Pickswise which currently stands at 15-3 over the last five articles. Plenty of exciting games to look forward to including an immediate rematch between the Grizzlies and the Trail Blazers. Memphis was able to pull off a 130-128 win on Friday and will look to get a second win in a row in what may be a NBA play in preview.

You can see the full previews for tonight’s games here. But for now, lets dive into tonight’s player prop picks.

Ja Morant over 20.5 points (-108)

Ja Morant and the Memphis Grizzlies were able to beat the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday night in which Morant had a monster night. He recorded 33 points and 13 assists, shooting an incredibly efficient 64 percent from the field. It marks the third straight game in which he has managed to score 22 or more points, with two 30 plus point efforts during that time.

A key factor tonight for him will be free throw attempts. He has managed to score at least 21 points in nine of the 10 games in which he attempted 10 or more free throws. He shot 12 free throws on Friday night and with the Trail Blazers ranking 22nd in the league in opponent free throws per game, he is likely to get there again tonight.

Be sure to check out our full game preview for Memphis Grizzlies vs. Portland Trail Blazers.

Jarrett Allen under 15.5 points (-108)

Looking at Jarrett Allen’s recent form, this line is simply set too high. Over the last six games he has managed to record more than 16 points just once, averaging 11.7 points per game over that stretch. He has not reached double digit field goal attempts in any of those games, averaging below seven per game.

Over the last 10 games the Wizards are 13th in opponent second chance points, which will make it tough for him to finish off of his offensive rebounds.  The Wizards have enough size to cause Allen trouble tonight with the likes of Alex Len and Robin Lopez in the paint. Over the last five games the Wizards are fourth in blocks per game, so their big men could make it difficult for Allen to efficiently finish at the rim. Look for him to stay under here.

Be sure to check out our full game preview for Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Washington Wizards.

Buddy Hield over 18.5 points (-104)

With De’Aaron Fox having entered the health and safety protocols, the Kings have been left with a 25 point per game hole to fill. Buddy Hield is well positioned to step up and assume some of that responsibility. Delon Wright is not a lights out scorer and does not always look for his own shot whilst Tyrese Haliburton has his a rookie wall it seems, and is averaging under 10 points per game over the last week.

Hield recorded 29 points in his last outing for the Kings, making seven three pointers in the process. He has managed to score 19 or more points in five of the 10 games he has appeared in this month and with more shots likely available for him here, he should be able to get the job done.

Be sure to check out our full game preview for Sacramento Kings vs. Golden State Warriors.

Chris Paul over 17.5 points (+100)

Chris Paul has been looking for his own shot of late with the veteran attempting 16 or more shots from the field in each of his last three games. This season he has attempted 15 or more field goals in 17 games and has failed to reach 18 points in just two of those contests. He was also aggressive in his first game against the Nets, attempting 20 shots and recording 29 points in the process.

Over the last 10 games the Nets are 21st in the league in opponent points per game. They have not come against an elite point guard in recent games but have allowed players like Fred VanVleet, Marcus Smart and Kendrick Nunn to record at least 17 points against them. An aggressive Chris Paul should be able to go one better than that here.

Be sure to check out our full game preview for Phoenix Suns vs. Brooklyn Nets.

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