The NBA season continues with two more national TV games tonight on TNT, 76ers at Bucks and Trail Blazers at Clippers. Each week throughout the season, TheLines will look at some matchups for the televised slates and try to figure if there are any NBA player props worth a look.
When legal US sportsbooks release player props Tuesday afternoon, the player tiles below will populate with the best available odds for each of their prop markets. Before game props are released, they will show player futures. You can also search NBA player props using our tool below.
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76ers At Bucks
The Sixers got awful news on Monday when Joel Embiid reportedly tested positive for COVID-19. Embiid is expected to miss “several games.” With Ben Simmons already sidelined of his own volition, that leaves Philly without either its superstar center or his former sidekick.
With Embiid off the court, the team has performed surprisingly well this year, +11.3 per 100 possession, according to Cleaning The Glass. He actually has a negative net rating. However, the team went net negative without him last year in a much larger sample, so that’s very likely just noise.
Andre Drummond Player Props
The only other bigs on the team getting significant minutes are Andre Drummond and Georges Niang. Since Niang doesn’t rebound at all, expect huge minutes for Drummond. He shined in a home win against the Blazers when Embiid sat, going for 14-15-7 with 5 blocks.
Shake Milton Player Props
Tyrese Maxey, Shake Milton and Seth Curry will probably get all the minutes they can handle with Tobias Harris and Matisse Thybulle also in the health and safety protocols. Milton in particular likes to fire away and probably has the green light with the top two offensive options out of the picture.
Giannis Antetokounmpo Player Props
The Bucks also find themselves short-handed without Brook Lopez and Khris Middleton. Lopez could play, but since he hasn’t participated in any activity since last week, it seems unlikely.
That has put quite the rebounding burden on Giannis Antetokounmpo. The team got walloped on the boards by the Knicks when he started as the only big man.
Bobby Portis Player Props
Coach Mike Budenholzer elevated Bobby Portis to the starting lineup and he scooped up 13 boards in another loss to the Wizards. The team went positive on the boards so expect another big-minutes game for Portis. Make sure his points and rebounding props reflect this.
Trail Blazers At Clippers
Two things stick out when looking at the Clippers and the Blazers. Portland, the fourth-fastest team, is playing way down in pace. Plus, they’re facing the No.2 team in defensive efficiency.
That means right off the bat we should be looking at Portland’s unders.
Damian Lillard Player Props
Damian Lillard has been off to an ice-cold start so far. His 0.91 points per shot attempt is one of the worst marks in the league. And he could find himself guarded by one of the Clippers’ plethora of longer wings. Make sure his points expectation gets adjusted downward slightly.
Jusuf Nurkic Player Props
A player who does have a stronger outlook here is Jusuf Nurkic. He ranks in the 98th percentile in defensive rebounding and 90th percentile in offensive rebounding. Meanwhile, the Clips have been one of the weaker rebounding teams. Nurkic could feast on the boards and grab some free points with putbacks.
Paul George Player Props
The Clippers’ drive-and-kick offense that came to the forefront in last year’s playoffs thrives on generating 3-point shots. They rank in the top 10 in 3s taken both above the break and in the corner.
Portland, by contrast, struggles to contain opponent 3s. They’ve increased their aggression level on defense under new coach Chauncey Billups and now rank 26th in corners 3 allowed and 26th overall.
Frequent long-range gunners Nicolas Batum, Reggie Jackson and Paul George are targets here on their 3-point props. George in particular figures to thrive. The Blazers have long lacked the big wing defenders needed to slow a player like George down.