NBA Player Props Odds, Picks: How to Bet Joel Embiid’s Rebounds Sunday vs. Blazers

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Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images. Pictured: Joel Embiid #21 of the Philadelphia 76ers

  • The Philadelphia 76ers face the Portland Trail Blazers Sunday at 6:30 p.m. ET in Orlando.
  • With Ben Simmons out for the foreseeable future due to a knee injury, even more rebounding responsibility will fall to Joel Embiid.
  • Cameron Fields explains how to bet Embiid's rebounds on Sunday night.

Betting on props can be one of the easiest ways to build your bankroll. Sportsbooks tend to offer lower limits and take less action on props than they do on games, so they don’t have as much incentive to post an accurate line.

That’s where our Player Prop tool comes in handy. We compare our industry-leading NBA projections to the props posted at a variety of sportsbooks to identify the best plays each day. Each bet is then graded on a scale from 1-10, with 10 being the best possible grade.

Here’s how those props did this season prior to the shut down:

FantasyLabs Grade Win-Loss (Win Pct)
Bet Quality of 10 775-572 (57%)
Bet Quality of 9 942-776 (54%)
Bet Quality of 8 1432-1263 (52%)

Odds as of Sunday and via DraftKings. Get up to a $1,000 sign-up bonus at DraftKings today or see more offers and reviews for the best online sportsbooks.


Tonight’s props come from two of the slate’s seven games:

  • Grizzlies vs. Raptors at 2 p.m. ET
  • Sixers vs. Trail Blazers at 6:30 p.m. ET on NBA TV

NBA Player Prop Bets

Toronto Raptors, Marc Gasol

The Prop: Over 2.5 assists (FanDuel)

Marc Gasol isn’t necessarily Nikola Jokic’s forebear because while Gasol can pass, he’s never been the point guard for his team’s offense.

Gasol has simply been a good secondary passer, dishing to teammates from around the free throw line or passing out of the post. That kind of passing still holds tremendous value, though, especially in the Raptors’ free-flowing offense.

As the Raptors come off a blowout loss to the Celtics, they have a chance to return to their productive ways against the Grizzlies. Gasol had four assists against Boston, the most he’s had in a seeding game. He’s averaged two assists while in Orlando; he’s dished 3.3 assists a game for the season.

According to NBA.com stats, the Grizzlies are 18th in opponent assists per game (24.8). The Raptors’ offense consists of elite player movement — someone always seems to be open. And even if someone isn’t, the Raptors generally find a good shot.

Our player prop tool has Gasol projected to tally 3.1 assists. Expect him to be part of a bounce-back win, and his facilitating should be solid.

I would take the over here and keep it at 2.5.

[Bet now at FanDuel. NJ, PA, CO, IN and WV only.]

Philadelphia 76ers, Joel Embiid

The Prop: Over 12.5 rebounds (FanDuel)

Joel Embiid was having a slight down year before the Orlando bubble, but since the NBA rebooted, Embiid has returned to his normal self.

Embiid has scored 30 points per game and shot 53.8% from the field in four seeding games. He’s also continued to be a rebounding machine, grabbing 13.5 rebounds a game. During the Sixers’ loss to the Pacers on Aug. 1, he tied his season high of 21 rebounds.

The Trail Blazers have good rebounders in Jusuf Nurkic, Zach Collins and Hassan Whiteside. Whiteside is out for Sunday’s game because of a hip injury, according to The Athletic’s Jason Quick. 

Embiid has grabbed 10-plus rebounds in three of the Sixers’ four seeding games. The only time he didn’t do that was when he grabbed nine rebounds against the Spurs. Considering the Sixers will be without Ben Simmons (knee) for the foreseeable future, more responsibility will continue to fall on Embiid to work hard on the boards.

That shouldn’t be difficult, though. He’s ranked top 10 in rebounds per game the past two seasons, and he’s averaging 12 rebounds a game this season. Our player prop tool projects Embiid will grab 14.2 rebounds.

I would bet the over here and keep it at 12.5.

[Bet now at FanDuel. NJ, PA, CO, IN and WV only.]

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