Thursday’s Best NBA Player Props: Betting Harrison Barnes Points, More

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  • Thursday's six-game slate features two NBA player prop bets offering value.
  • This piece will focus on Mavericks F Harrison Barnes and Clippers C Marcin Gortat.

Thursday’s best NBA player props focus on two of the slate’s six games:

  • Dallas Mavericks at Detroit Pistons: 7 p.m. ET
  • Los Angeles Lakers at Los Angeles Clippers: 10:30 p.m. ET

As a reminder, you can dig deeper on these and many other prop bets by using our FantasyLabs NBA Player Props Tool. It leverages our projections against five of the most popular online sportsbooks and grades each prop on a scale of one to 10.

Mavericks F Harrison Barnes

The Picks: Over 4.5 rebounds (+105) and over 17.5 points (+120)

I’m buying all the Barnes stock I can tonight.

The Mavs will likely be without their other four usual starters — Luka Doncic is currently listed as doubtful while DeAndre Jordan, Dennis Smith Jr. and Wesley Matthews are on their way to the Knicks — which leaves Barnes as the last man standing. J.J. Barea was also lost for the season with an Achilles injury.

Barnes has played very few minutes with all five players out of the lineup this season, but it’s a safe wager that he’ll see an uptick in both usage rate and rebound rate in that situation.

Give me all the Barnes — especially at better than even money. But I’d still play the scoring prop up to -120 and rebound prop up to -115.

Clippers C Marcin Gortat

The Pick: Under six points (-135)

Gortat has been relegated to a bench role recently, playing approximately 18 or fewer minutes for most of the month of January. He’s unsurprisingly failed to score the ball well in that situation, tallying seven or more points in just three of his past 12 games.

He’s coming off 10 in his most recent contest, which makes this a great time to try and sell high on him.

Gortat is not a particularly good scorer to begin with, so I like the under up to -150 given his current role in the offense.