Top 5 NBA Player Prop Bets for the 2018-19 Season

Photo of the pickswise logo
Photo of Ricky Dimon

Ricky Dimon

NBA· 3 years ago

Show Bio

Since graduating from Davidson (The College That Stephen Curry Built), I have been writing about sports--just about any and all you can think of!--and coaching tennis in Atlanta, Ga. Beyond the four major sports, I am an avid tennis fan and cover the ATP Tour on a daily basis. If I'm not busy writing, you can generally find me on a tennis court or traveling the world wherever a sporting event takes me.

The 2018-19 NBA season is underway, so it’s time to look at five intriguing NBA Player Prop bets. Will Trae Young score more than fellow rookie Luka Doncic? Is Lonzo Ball going to improve? Can Dwyane Wade go out with a bang? These questions, and more, will soon be answered.

Trae Young to average more points per game than Luka Doncic (-170)

Young and Doncic will always be linked after they were swapped on draft day, when the Hawks selected Doncic at No. 3 overall and then shipped him to the Mavericks—who took Young with the fifth pick. The former University of Oklahoma scoring machine is the smart play here. That doesn’t necessarily mean he is going to better than Doncic either this year or beyond. The bottom line is that Young, as part of what should be a woeful Atlanta team, will have the ball in his hands a ton and can fork up shots with reckless abandon. Doncic, on the other hand, is part of a decent roster that includes Dennis Smith Jr., Harrison Barnes, DeAndre Jordan, and 40-year-old Dirk Nowitzki.

Lonzo Ball to have more than 1.5 triple-doubles (-115)

Ball recorded two triple-doubles during his rookie season, going for 19, 12, and 13 (points, rebounds, assists) against Milwaukee on Nov. 11 before delivering an 11, 16, and 11 clip against Denver one week later. The former No. 2 overall pick also had 29, 11, and nine in the second game of 2017-18 against Phoenix. With LeBron James now sure to hog all kinds of statistics, Ball’s numbers could take a hit at times. Still, there are reasons to think he can once again contribute at least two triple-doubles. The former UCLA standout should improve—especially in the shooting department—with a year of experience. And while LeBron will often sap teammates’ assists by possessing the ball himself, there will be some nights on which Ball drops dimes simply by feeding the ball to LeBron.

Gordon Hayward to average less than 18.5 points per game (-130)

In each of his last three seasons with the Jazz, Hayward averaged more than 19.0 points per game (including 21.9 in 2016-17 before leaving for Boston). However, the former Butler University standout was the focal point of that team and he now shares the spotlight with several other stars in Boston. Kyrie Irving loves to shoot, Al Horford is a scoring presence down low, and both Jayson Tatum and Jalen Brown continue to emerge. Moreover, Hayward missed all of 2017-18 because of the nasty dislocated ankle he suffered in the opener and he is currently on a minutes restriction.

Stephen Curry to shoot better than 42.0 percent from three-point range (-115)

Curry has shot worse than 42.0 percent from the land of plenty just once in nine NBA seasons. His three-point percentages (rounded) are 44, 44, 46, 45, 42, 44, 45, 41, and 42. The former Davidson College sensation is seventh on the league’s all-time list in three-pointers made (he will soon pass Paul Pierce for sixth) and he is fourth in all-time three-point shooting percentage (his current head coach, Steve Kerr, is No. 1). On a star-studded Golden State team that also features Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson, Curry will always get plenty of open looks. And when big man DeMarcus Cousins gets healthy, he will draw even more attention away from the two-time NBA MVP.

Dwyane Wade to average less than 11.5 points per game (-125)

Wade obviously lacks some explosiveness at 36 years old and with 15 NBA seasons—plus plenty of injuries—under his belt. That is especially concerning given that he has never been much of an outside shooter; especially not from three-point range (he made nine total treys in 78 games with Cleveland and Miami in 2017-18, shooting 22.0 percent from deep). Wade averaged less than 12.0 points per game for the first time in his career last season. The Heat are expected to be one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference and have plenty of other scoring options in Goran Dragic, Dion Waiters, and Hassan Whiteside, so Wade may not be called on to do too much.

See All
DraftKings

$200

Bet $5 on the NFL, Get $200!

Register for a new DraftKings Sportsbook account

Bet $5+ on the Money Line of any NFL game

If your team wins, you will be issued a $200 free bet bonus!

Must be 21+ located in AZ, CO, CT, IA, IL, IN, MI, NJ, PA, TN, VA, WY or WV to play. Offer valid only for new customers. Full terms available at DraftKings Sportsbook.

FanDuel Sportsbook

$150

Bet $5, Win $150 CASH on the Cardinals vs. Texans!

Register for a new account with FanDuel Sportsbook and make a deposit of $10+

Bet $5 on the Cardinals vs. Texans

If you pick the winner correctly, you win $150 in CASH!

21+ and new players only. Max bet $5, max reward $150. Must deposit $10+ to be eligible for promotion. Full terms available on FanDuel Sportsbook.

Unibet

$50

Bet $5, Win $50 if Your Team Makes a 3-Pointer!

Sign up for a new account with Unibet and make your first deposit

Bet $5 on any NBA team to win their next game

If your team hits a 3-pointer during the game, you win a bonus $50 - regardless of the game's outcome!

Max bet $5. 21+ and new players only. Full terms available from Unibet.

DraftKings

$200

Bet $5 on the NBA, Get $200!

Register for a new DraftKings Sportsbook account

Bet $5+ on the Money Line of any NBA Basketball game

If your team wins, you will be issued a $200 free bet bonus!

Must be 21+ located in AZ, CO, CT, IA, IL, IN, MI, NJ, PA, TN, VA, WY or WV to play. Offer valid only for new customers. Full terms available at DraftKings Sportsbook.

BetMGM

$200

Bet $10, Get $200 If Your Team Scores A Touchdown!

Register for a new BetMGM account & deposit $20+

Bet $10 on your team to win Money Line

Win $200 in free bets if your team scores a touchdown

21+. Terms & conditions apply.

PointsBet

$200

Bet $20, Get $200 If Your Team Scores A Touchdown!

Register for a new PointsBet account & deposit $20+

Bet $20 on your team to win Money Line (NFL or NCAAF)

Win $200 in free bets if your team scores a touchdown

Caesars Sportsbook

$5,000

Get a $5,000 Risk Free Bet!

Register for a new Caesars Sportsbook account & make a deposit

Place your first bet up to $5,000 risk-free!

Get refunded up if you lose - up to $5,000!

21+. Terms & conditions apply.

BetRivers

$250

Get a $250 Deposit Bonus!

Sign up for a new BetRivers account using promo code PICKSWISE

Make a deposit & get it doubled up to $250 total

To get a $100 bonus, deposit $100

Must be 21+. Play in IA Only. Gambling Problem? Call 1-800-BETS OFF

BetMGM

$1,000

Get a $1,000 Risk Free Bet!

Register for a new BetMGM & deposit

Place your first bet up to $1,000 risk-free!

Get refunded up if you lose up to $1,000

21+. Terms & conditions apply.

FanDuel Sportsbook

$1,000

Get a $1,000 Risk Free Bet!

Register for a new FanDuel Sportsbook account & deposit

Place your first bet up to $1,000 risk-free!

Get refunded up if you lose up to $1,000

21+. Terms & conditions apply.

DraftKings

$1,000

Get a $1,000 Deposit Bonus!

Register for a new DraftKings Sportsbook account & deposit

DraftKings will match 20% of your deposit up to $1,000 total

To get a $100 bonus, deposit $500

21+. Terms & conditions apply.

Unibet

$500

Get a $500 Risk-Free Bet!

Register for a new Unibet account & make a deposit

Place your first bet up to $500 risk-free!

Get refunded up if you lose up to $500

New players only. Terms & conditions apply. 21+. VA only.

Monkey Knife Fight

$100

Claim 100% Instant Deposit Match up to $100!

Register for a Monkey Knife Fight account & deposit using promo code PICKSWISE100

Monkey Knife Fight will match your first deposit up to $100

Deposit $100 and you'll get $100 bonus + a free $5 game

18+. Terms and conditions apply. You must live in one of the states where real money DFS is legal.

TVG

$300

Get a $300 Risk-Free Bet with TVG Racebook!

Register for a new TVG account and make a deposit

Place your first single horse win-type bet up to $300

If your horse doesn't win you'll get a refund up to $300

21+. T&C's apply. Please gamble responsibly.

BetAmerica Racing

$200

$200 Sign Up Bonus!

Fast, reliable and fast payouts - you'll have your money in 72 hours, if not sooner!

Proud history of providing safe, secure, and fun betting to American patrons

BetAmerica is owned by the iconic Churchill Downs Incorporated, home of 150 years of wagering history and the world-famous Kentucky Derby

Players who sign up using ‘BET200’ code will get a $200 sign up bonus. Offer valid for 7 days after registering on BetAmerica Racing product only. 21+. T&C's apply. Please gamble responsibly.

TwinSpires

$200

Get a $200 Sign Up Bonus with TwinSpires Racebook!

Register for a new Twinspires account using offer code BET200

Make a deposit and start wagering on horse racing

Earn $100 in bonus cash for every $400 wagered!

21+. T&C's apply. Please gamble responsibly.