Tuesday NBA Player Props & Picks: James Harden, Stephen Curry Headline Best Bets (Dec. 14)
Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images. Pictured: James Harden #13 of the Brooklyn Nets.
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- Check out his analysis and picks below.
Tuesday Night features three marquee matches up in the NBA and history on the line. All eyes will be on New York City as we will possibly witness Stephen Curry breaking the all time 3-point record currently held by Ray Allen.
Below, I have laid out two prop bets that I’m playing, the case for each bet and the best books to find odds on those player props. We’ll be using the Action Labs Player Prop tool to compare our NBA projections to the props posted at a variety of sportsbooks.
Let’s dig into tonight’s props!
NBA Player Props & Picks
James Harden, Over 24.5 Points (-104)
|Raptors vs. Nets||Nets -8|
|Time | TV||7:30 p.m. ET | NBA League Pass|
James Harden is in his second season with the Brooklyn Nets and still trying to figure out his role with the team. However, there is no denying Harden is one of the best one-on-one players and scorers in the NBA. This season, Harden is averaging 20.8 points per game.
Over the course of his career, Harden has plenty of success scoring against the Toronto Raptors. In fact, over the last 10 career games against the Raptors, Harden is averaging 31.7 points per game. Additionally, in the lone matchup this season against the Raptors, Harden notched 28 points on 50% shooting.
The Nets have a number of players — LaMarcus Aldridge, Deandre’ Bembry, Jevon Carter and James Johnson — who were ruled out of tonight’s game and Kevin Durant is questionable with ankle soreness.
Harden had the night off on Sunday when the Nets beat the Pistons and should be well rested to continue the success he’s had scoring the ball against the Raptors. Take the over.
Stephen Curry, Over 36.5 PTS + REB + AST (-115)
|Warriors vs. Knicks||Warriors -5|
|Time | TV||7:30 p.m. ET | TNT|
It feels like the whole world is waiting for Stephen Curry to break the all-time record for 3-pointers. Tonight he’s get the opportunity to break it in The Mecca of basketball at Madison Square Garden.
We all know that every superstar and team get up to play in the MSG no matter what. I won’t be surprised if Curry drops 50 points tonight against the Knicks. However, Curry is second in the league in scoring this season, averaging 27 points per game along with 5.6 rebounds and 6.3 assists per game. Even though Curry’s scoring average is down over the last 10 games, I believe he will have a big night in New York.
In 20 career games versus the Knicks, Curry is averaging 25.2 points, 5.5 rebounds and 6.0 assists per game. I will not be surprised if Curry gets over this stat projection on points alone, but Curry is an underrated rebounder for this size and also disturbs the ball well.
Furthermore, the Knicks are struggling defensively. Last season, the Knicks were the best defensive team in the NBA. However, this season the Knicks are 24th in defensive efficiency with a rating of 110.5 per 100 possessions. Additionally, the Knicks also rank 24th in opponent three-point makes allowed per game.
Tonight, we will witness history by Curry, and can cash on this bet in the process.