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3 NBA Prop Bets for 1/14/23

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NBA Player Props for January 14

Giannis Antetokounmpo, UNDER 40 Points + Rebounds + Assists:

I’ll admit I hate betting the under. Especially for a superstar. But there are a lot of factors at play here that support this. For one, Giannis has hit this under in all three of his last three games. That’s crazy to say with such a dominant force like Giannis, but the Bucks are starting to get acclimated to everybody in their roles as they begin to get healthy again. Even in this acclimation period, they’ve won two of their last three games. Also, the Heat have been incredibly injured over the past few games. Lowry, Herro, and Bam have all missed time, which means we could be in the midst of potential blowout risk, allowing Giannis to hit this under as he’ll play less minutes. Lastly, there’s a chance I’m judging the Heat incorrectly, and even without their stars it’s possible the Heat play up to their year long stats, meaning a 6th ranked defense and 28th ranked pace. A recipe for fewer possessions than the Bucks are used to, and those possessions are defended well. There are a lot of universes where I can see Giannis hitting his under in this matchup. I think we’re living in one now.

Jayson Tatum OVER 28 Points:

I’ve been targeting players against the Hornets all season to solid success rates. The Hornets are tanking for Wenbanyama (as they should be), and as a result, they are the 15th seed, with a 28th ranked offense, and a 26th ranked defense. Jayson Tatum can score against any defense. It’s the reason he’s averaging over 30 points per game on the season. He can certainly do it against one of the worst defenses in the league. Tatum has at least 28 points in four of his past five games. Feel free to go for 25+ points if you want an easier line to hit.

James Harden OVER 40 Points + Rebounds + Assists:

Philly takes on the Utah Jazz in this matchup. Harden has been on an absolute tear recently. Is he playing any defense? No, but that’s not why we’re here. He’s had 40+ PRA in three straight games. He’ll get a chance to keep that streak going in a pace-up matchup (Jazz are 12th fastest pace in the league), and the 27th ranked defense in the league. Joel Embiid has been back for the past two games now, so don’t let his return scare you away from Harden’s high usage rate recently. Bet accordingly!

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