The NBA season is heating up, and we have five matchups on deck for Tuesday night. The trade deadline and All-Star weekend are just a couple of weeks away. The landscape across the NBA could change over the next week. We have some solid matchups scheduled on Tuesday night, and there are plenty of betting opportunities I’m looking to take advantage of. Let’s not waste more time and get to the best NBA prop bets today.
Monday’s massive schedule of games was packed full of action. The Knicks defeated the Hornets in their first game since Julius Randle suffered a dislocated shoulder and improved their winning streak to seven.
The Boston Celtics got back in the win column after an entertaining back-and-forth game with the Pelicans.
Turned a 17-point deficit into a six-point win pic.twitter.com/SCna71WOAn
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) January 30, 2024
Nikola Jokic notched a triple-double as the Denver Nuggets spoiled Doc Rivers’ head coaching debut with Milwaukeee with a 113-107 win. Anthony Edwards and the Minnesota Timberwolves took down the Thunder in a battle between Western Conference leaders.
Anthony Edwards dropped 27 PTS to help the Timberwolves take down the top seed in the West 🐺 pic.twitter.com/fonunDi8Vs
— NBA (@NBA) January 30, 2024
Among the five games on the schedule, Tuesday’s TNT doubleheader features two excellent matchups. First is the Eastern Conference showdown between the Boston Celtics and Indiana Pacers. Then, to cap off the night out West, the Golden State Warriors will host Joel Embiid and the Philadelphia 76ers.
There are plenty of NBA player props to select from, and I’m here with the best NBA prop bets tonight.
Best NBA Player Props Today
Hawks SG Dejounte Murray Over 21.5 Points (-115)
The Lakers are on the second leg of a road back-to-back. Los Angeles played a grueling double-overtime game on Saturday, and its lingering effects were apparent in Monday night’s blowout loss to the Houston Rockets. I expect LeBron James or Anthony Davis to sit out with a matchup against the Boston Celtics on deck for Thursday. This opens the door for the well-rested Atlanta Hawks.
Leading the way for Atlanta will be Trae Young and Dejounte Murray. The Lakers have struggled to contain opposing guards all season long, and it doesn’t get much better than this backcourt duo. Murray sat out last game with a hamstring injury and is currently listed as questionable, but I expect him to play. Murray and the Lakers have been connected in trade rumors, so I expect him to be motivated to show them what they could be missing.
Murray has hit this line in six straight and 12 of his last 14 games overall! The Lakers are in the bottom eight in points allowed to both opposing point guards and shooting guards. This total is up to 248½. Fire up Murray and expect him to showcase his talents.
Celtics SG Jaylen Brown Over 23.5 Points (-126)
The Pacers are expected to get Tyrese Haliburton back in the lineup as he returns from a hamstring injury. Newly acquired Pascal Siakam is growing more comfortable with Indiana, but their defense hasn’t improved.
The Pacers play matador defense in the paint. Indiana is allowing a league-high 60.3 points per game in the paint. They have allowed a league-low 10.6 threes made per game, so it’s important that Brown doesn’t settle for jumpers in order for us to hit this NBA player prop.
The Pacers allow the most free throw attempts per game (27.6), and Brown is at his best when he attacks the rim. Brown scores the highest percentage of points of any Celtics starter in the paint (46.7%). Boston is on the second leg of a back-to-back, so there’s a chance he could sit, but there’s also a possibility that Jayson Tatum, Derrick White or Jrue Holiday sits, which will only help Brown in this spot.
He has lit up Indiana this season, scoring 30, 31 and 40 points. He has gone over this number in nine of his last 11 matchups with the Pacers.
Knicks PG Jalen Brunson Over 2.5 Made Threes (-145)
The Knicks are also playing on the second leg of a back-to-back and are in a tough travel spot. They played in Charlotte on Monday night and return to MSG to take on the Jazz. This Knicks team is the walking definition of grit, though. Their leader,Jalen Brunson, will continue to make a statement night in and night out with Julius Randle out with a shoulder injury.
He has knocked down at least three shots from downtown in five of his last seven games on a back-to-back. Utah has allowed the fifth-highest 3-point shooting percentage (38%) and is tied with the second-most threes allowed per game (14.1). Brunson’s usage will be on the rise even more with Randle out, and it was already difficult for defenses to get the ball out of his hands. I’ll take Brunson against one of the NBA’s worst 3-point defenses in a heartbeat!
Jalen Brunson over the last 8 games:
32 PTS – 7 AST – 54% FG
32 PTS – 8 AST – 54% FG
21 PTS – 4 AST – 70% FG
30 PTS – 4 AST – 50% FG
38 PTS – 9 AST – 56% FG
41 PTS – 8 AST – 51% FG
30 PTS – 7 AST – 52% FG
30 PTS – 8 AST – 45% FG pic.twitter.com/k2KPCyj2mZ
— Hoop Central (@TheHoopCentral) January 30, 2024
Questions of the Day
Which matchups boast the most enticing over/under props?
The matchups that present the best betting opportunities for offensive explosiveness on Thursday night are the Boston Celtics vs. Indiana Pacers and the Hawks vs. Lakers.
Assuming healthy lineups, are there any “revenge game” narratives setting up for potential prop value on Tuesday?
It may be old revenge, but DeMar DeRozan is facing his former squad, the Toronto Raptors, on Tuesday.
The odds and predictions in the article are based on the time of writing and publication. They may differ as to when the actual event takes place.