Best Friday NBA Player Props: Jalen Brunson, LeBron James

Written By Josh Lander on May 12, 2023
NBA player props

Friday’s NBA playoff slate feature two more Game 6s, one from each conference. The Knicks will try to stave off elimination once more versus the Heat, this time in Miami. Later in the night, the Warriors are also looking to force a Game 7 when they face the Lakers on the road. I’m eyeing Jalen Brunson and LeBron James NBA player props, so let’s get right into it.

Plays are listed in order of my confidence. But, make sure to also note the amount of units I’m wagering on each bet as another indicator. Find NBA odds here and use our player props search tool to find the best prices at legal sports betting sites.

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Knicks At Heat NBA Player Props

Game Notes

Brunson and the Knicks have yet to win a game in Miami this series. Incredibly, New York hasn’t won a road playoff game against the Heat in 23 years. The Knicks are underdogs in Game 6, with a point total set at .

Jalen Brunson Over 11.5 Rebounds + Assists (-128 Caesars | 1u)

Here are Brunson’s core points, rebounds, assists, and rebounds + assists combo props for the game against the Heat:

  • Points: Over/Under /
  • Rebounds: Over/Under /
  • Assists: Over/Under /
  • Rebounds + Assists: Over/Under /

Thibs Gonna Thibs

Brunson’s Game 5 was nothing short of immaculate. He dropped 38 points in front of a raucous crowd at the Garden and cemented himself in the hearts of Knicks fans forever (it doesn’t take much to make us swoon these days). He also played the entire game, something that just doesn’t happen in today’s NBA. What’s more, Quentin Grimes did the same.

Knicks Coach Tom Thibodeau has a history of running his players into the ground, but he’s veered away from that this season. Still, it’s elimination time in the playoffs and Brunson looks like the only guy in blue and orange who realizes there’s no tomorrow if his team loses. I’m expecting Thibs to pull all the stops for the rest of this series as well.

Even if Brunson doesn’t play the entire game, his breathers will be short and few. With 45 minutes under his belt, he should basically stumble into 12 rebounds and assists. He’s recorded at least that many in every time out in this series except for Game 2 when he put up 30 points on just a 23% usage rate.

Josh Lander is 67-45 and up 25+ units betting NBA player props over the last two months. Check out the NBA Coast 2 Coast podcast each and every weekday with co-host Nate Weitzer and give him a follow on Twitter, @jlboogy. Click on the odds below to bet now.

Editor’s Note

Warriors At Lakers NBA Player Props

Game Notes

LA is a slight favorite on Friday night, with a point total set at .

LeBron James Under 32.5 Points + Assists Combo

For those who have been following along while I fade LeBron James’ points and assists combo prop every game this postseason, we are going back to this fruitful well once more. Let’s first give James his flowers for getting 33 points and assists combined in Game 4 for the first time in the playoffs since 2021. Especially since he once again failed to do so in Game 5 on Wednesday.

If you need further proof that the books don’t want you to bet the under for this prop tonight, look no further than DraftKings’ Same Game Parlay options. If you want to include James’ points and assists combo in any of your parlays, you can’t select the under. Your only option is to take “at least” 25, 30, 35, or 40.

As the playoffs wear on, these games are only going to get played a slower and slower pace. We’ve made nearly 8 units betting this under every game since the playoffs started. Why stop now?

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