NBA On TNT Player Props Thursday, Jan. 6: Knicks Vs. Celtics, Suns Vs. Clippers

Written By Mo Nuwwarah on January 6, 2022
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The journey towards the NBA Finals continues with two more national TV games tonight on TNT, Celtics at Knicks and Clippers at Suns. Each week throughout the season, TheLines will look at some matchups for the televised slates and try to figure if there are any TNT NBA player props worth a look.

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Boston Celtics At New York Knicks

In many respects, this game matches up two very similar teams. Both want to slow the pace and attack with their wings on offense. Neither has had much success doing so.

The difference comes on the defensive end, where Boston rates as one of the better groups in the league with a top-10 efficiency mark. The Knicks find themselves in the middle of the pack although that’s better than where they were a couple of weeks ago.

Note, though, that they will play on a back-to-back here after losing at home to the Spurs.

Of particular note here is the lead guard situation for the Knicks. They lost Derrick Rose to ankle surgery and now have Kemba Walker, recently reinserted in the rotation, on ice as well.

RJ Barrett And Julius Randle Props

The team has turned to Julius Randle and RJ Barrett to run the offense. Barrett in particular has stepped up his usage, leading the team in shot attempts in each of the three games in which Walker has sat.

Both players should be expected to shoot a ton, but you must balance that against the incredibly slow pace the team has played at without their guards. Also, Boston does have the wing defenders to challenge them.

 

Jaylen Brown Props

One player who has been on absolute fire lately is Jaylen Brown. While Jayson Tatum has slumped, Brown has been pouring points in by the dozens. He fired a 50-point game on Sunday and has averaged almost 24 FGA per game over their past eight contests.

Again, though, balance your expectations for him with the fact that the Knicks will be playing very slowly. Two slow-paced teams here could compound the potential for a low-scoring contest.

One thing to look for: Brown might be in a good spot to go over his 3-point prop. He does a lot of his volume in the mid-range but the Knicks have been poor at defending 3-point attempts.

LA Clippers At Phoenix Suns

This looks like a very interesting matchup because a unique set of circumstances has converged. Both the Suns and the Clippers will be operating without their starting big men, and in the Suns’ case, they’ve also lost backup JaVale McGee.

Lack of big men means both a lack of rim protection and a faster pace, generally speaking. The total is on the high side at , but even given these two teams rank among the better defenses in the league, it might be worth considering a play on the over.

Devin Booker Props

Normally, the Clippers would be at quite a deficit on the boards as they’re one of the weakest rebounding teams in the league.

In this case, one player who might have to step up to try to punish them is Devin Booker. According to Cleaning The Glass, he ranks as an above-average rebounder both on the offensive and defensive ends, relative to his position. If the pace is high and the opponent small, look for an over on his rebounding prop.

Reggie Jackson Props

The Clippers are desperate for healthy, productive bodies at this point. With multiple players injured and multiple players in or coming out of the health and safety protocols, the Clips have been throwing a heap of players at the wall just to see if anything sticks. They’ve used nine, ten and 12 players in their past three games.

Basically, if that pattern continues, we should be looking at unders on most of these player props even in a potentially higher paced game. If players are having a tough time cracking 30 minutes, they won’t be going over props in most cases.

Reggie Jackson in particular may draw a tough matchup facing some of Chris Paul’s legendary defense. Jackson has been among the team leaders in usage this year and in particular with Paul George out, so see if the prop markets over-adjust here.

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Mo Nuwwarah got his start in gambling early, making his first sports bet on his beloved Fab Five against the UNC Tar Heels in the 1993 NCAA tournament. He lost $5 to his dad and got back into sports betting years later during a 15-year run in the poker industry. A 2011 journalism graduate from Nebraska-Omaha, he combines those skills with his love of sports and statistics to help bettors make more informed decisions with a focus on pro football, baseball and basketball.

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