Corrigan's Gambling Corner: 3 Best NBA Player Props: +683 Parlay Odds - Feb. 17, 2022
Hello, and welcome back to the gambling corner. We are back with our three favorite NBA player props of the night.
It is the last night of basketball before the All-Star break, and if you have been following my props, you know that I love the value that the books are offering right before the break.
There are only five games tonight, but there are a lot of plus-value props for you to take a look at. Some key players will be held out or limited tonight, so this is a good night to fade the superstars, and ride with some role players.
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*Odds via FanDuel Sportsbook
Philadelphia 76ers at Milwaukee Bucks
Joel Embiid Under 12.5 Rebounds (-118)
The 76ers are mailing it in right before the All-Star break, and for good reason. They just traded Seth Curry and Andre Drummond to the Nets as a part of the James Harden for Ben Simmons trade. Harden is still dealing with a hamstring injury, and the 76ers got rolled by the Celtics during their last game where the starting lineups will likely look the same tonight.
With this being the final game before the break, Philadelphia has no incentive to play their top players for too long. The 76ers are going to be a problem when they are fully healthy, but as of now, they are not, and even though Embiid will play tonight, if things get ugly, they will pull him and let him rest.
Even with Embiid on the floor, the 76ers are a poor rebounding team. They rank dead last in total rebounds per game, rebounding percentage, and offensive rebounds per game. While Embiid is averaging 13 rebounds per game over his last six games, going up against Giannis Antetokounmpo certainly makes crashing the glass much harder.
I am fading the 76ers tonight, and the odds on Embiid's rebounding prop, which has been money this season, make me certain that the oddsmakers are not expecting a lot from him and the 76ers tonight.
Washington Wizards at Brooklyn Nets
Kyle Kuzma Over 4.5 Assists (+106)
When Kuzma was traded to the Wizards as part of the Russell Westbrook trade, he was kind of forgotten. However, he has been pretty solid for Washington. He is only averaging 3.1 assists per game, but over his last four games, he is averaging 6.3 assists per game.
Washington was one of the more active teams at the deadline as they shipped out Montrezl Harrell, Spencer Dinwiddie, and Aaron Holiday. They did get Kristaps Porzingis back, but he is still out with an injury. That is a lot of minutes that need to be taken up, and Kuzma is currently the best player on the team.
Brooklyn only allows 23.6 assists per game, but like most teams right now, they are waiting until after the break to showcase their rosters at full strength. Coming off a massive comeback victory last night against the Knicks, this is a perfect letdown spot for the Nets. With how well Kuzma has been playing, and with how thin both teams are right now, he should be primed for another big night.
Dallas Mavericks at New Orleans Pelicans
C.J. McCollum Over 2.5 Made Threes (+106)
Since being traded to New Orleans, McCollum has been excellent for a Pelicans team that needed a pure scorer. In his four games with New Orleans, McCollum is averaging 26 points on 50.6% shooting from the field. He is only shooting 33% from deep, but he is putting up 7.5 attempts per game and is making 2.5 per game.
Dallas does have one of the best defenses against the three in the NBA, but with four players listed as questionable tonight for the Mavs, and with this being the final game before the break, Dallas is in a spot to just coast to the finish line.
Getting this prop at plus-value is the main reason I love this prop tonight, but based on the number of shots that McCollum is putting up, there is no reason to believe tonight will be any different.
3-LEG PARLAY ODDS: (+683) 1 UNIT TO WIN 6.83 UNITS
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