Today’s Best NBA Prop Bet Picks & Predictions, Monday 3/18: Torrey Craig shows his defensive prowess

Chicago Bulls forward Torrey Craig (13) passes the ball away from LA Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard (2) during the second half at the United Center.
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We are just a few weeks away from the finishing touches to the NBA regular season. I’m now 40-31 for a +7.4% ROI on the season with NBA player props in this article series. Here is my favorite NBA player prop bet for Monday, March 17, focusing on the Bulls’ matchup with the Trail Blazers. You can also read our NBA picks for tonight’s games.

Torrey Craig (CHI) 1+ block (-105)

Line available at FanDuel Sportsbook at time of publishing. Recommended 1u wager.

Veteran Torrey Craig has found his way back into a starting role for the Chicago Bulls and on Monday he gets a soft matchup to show off his defensive prowess. The Bulls’ defense has been better off without Zach LaVine on the floor this season and in games LaVine has missed, Craig averages 0.43 blocks per 20 minutes; now, he draws a matchup against the Portland Trail Blazers’ inexperienced offense. Over their last 15 games, Portland has attempted the 4th-most shots within 8 feet of the basket and it has resulted in allowing the 3rd-most blocks overall in that span.

Craig should be in line for anywhere between 20 and 30 minutes regardless of the situation in this home contest barring foul trouble, but it is also of note that Alex Caruso is questionable and if his availability were endangered, Craig’s ceiling sees a clear increase as well. We currently project Craig for 0.75 blocks and this prop is playable up to -120 price.

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