Best NBA Player Prop Bets To Consider For Friday, December 17

Written By Nate Weitzer on December 17, 2021
NBA prop bets props Damian Lillard Marcus Smart

We have a huge slate of NBA games this Friday night with plenty of intriguing betting angles.

The Hornets hope to get LaMelo Ball (COVID) back from a six-game absence to face the struggling Blazers in Portland. The Celtics are on extra rest at home and are looking for a fifth straight win over the Warriors, the Lakers will be trying to build some momentum with a win in Minnesota, and the Hawks will host the Nuggets in a non-conference showdown.

We’ll highlight our best NBA player prop bets for Friday and link to the NBA Coast 2 Coast Podcast, featuring Nate Weitzer and Josh Lander. Subscribe for free daily picks on our YouTube Channel.

We break down each of those games in those videos today and bring you a couple of prop bets to consider, including those listed below.

NBA Player Props: Find Today’s Best Odds

Friday NBA player props: Dec. 17

Trail Blazers G Damian Lillard

The Blazers are looking to snap a seven-game skid tonight and there should be plenty of points scored in a matchup with the fast-pace Hornets. Charlotte is sporting the worst defensive rating (125.9) in the NBA by far over their last six games and is allowing opponents to hit 14.2 triples per game at a 37.2% clip on the road. Lillard has hit five or more 3-pointers in four of his last five home games and is averaging 28 PPG in that span. His scoring prop is way too low at 24.5 at FanDuel Sportsbook and he’s a good bet to top 3.5 3PTM as well. Consider the Player Performance Double for Lillard to hit four triples in a win to generate +255 odds at FanDuel.

Celtics G Marcus Smart

When the Warriors come to town, the Celtics tend to ramp up the intensity and that typically means more stats from Marcus Smart. He’s averaging 12 PPG, 3.9 RPG, and 7.3 APG over his last eight home games and Boston has won seven of those contests. Smart is averaging 14.4 PPG, 4 RPG, and 4.4 APG over Boston’s last five wins over Golden State. He’s coming off an outing with just 2 points, but he produced 11 assists in a win over the Bucks, so consider his prop to go Over 9.5 combined rebounds and assists.

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