Wednesday’s Best NBA Player Props: Betting Evan Turner Rebounds, More
Dec 20, 2017; Portland, OR, USA; Portland Trail Blazers guard Evan Turner (1) shoots over San Antonio Spurs guard Danny Green (14) during the first quarter at the Moda Center. Mandatory Credit: Craig Mitchelldyer-USA TODAY Sports
- Wednesday's eight-game slate features three NBA player prop bets offering value.
- This piece will focus on Hornets C Bismack Biyombo, Pacers C Myles Turner and Blazers SF Evan Turner.
Wednesday’s best NBA player props focus on three of the slate’s eight games:
- Charlotte Hornets at Boston Celtics: 7:30 p.m. ET
- Indiana Pacers at Washington Wizards: 8 p.m. ET on ESPN
- Utah Jazz at Portland Trail Blazers: 10:30 p.m. ET on ESPN
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.
Hornets C Bismack Biyombo
The Pick: Under 7.5 points (-145)
This prop might not jump out to most, but it’s currently the highest rated bet in our tool.
Biyombo has seen a big reduction in playing time over his past two games, averaging only 14.4 minutes per game. He’s far from a scoring machine, averaging just 5.0 points per game for his career, so it’s not surprising that his numbers have taken a nose dive given a reduction in playing time. He’s scored only six points in each of his past two games despite missing just one shot from the field over that span.
I love the under here and would be willing to play it up to -175. If you’re feeling frisky, you can take a look under 7.5 rebounds for Biyombo as well.
Pacers C Myles Turner
The Pick: Over 13.5 points (-115)
The Pacers are going to be without two of their highest usage players — Victor Oladipo and Tyreke Evans — and Turner figures to be one of the primary beneficiaries.
Turner has seen a usage bump of +3.3% with both players off the court this season, resulting in an average of 18.7 points per 36 minutes. He likely won’t see that many minutes on on Wednesday — he’s projected for 30.5 in our NBA Models — but he doesn’t need to given his elite matchup. He’s crushed the Wizards in two matchups this season, scoring at least 18 points in both.
Turner is super talented, so I like the idea of buying him with an increased usage rate in a great matchup. I’d play the over up to -140.
Blazers SF Evan Turner
The Pick: Under five rebounds (-115)
Like Biyombo, Turner is another player who has seen a pretty big reduction in playing time recently. He’s coming off just 12.1 minutes in his most recent game, despite the fact that Damian Lillard missed that game with an injury.
Turner is also in a difficult spot against the Jazz, who have been the second-best rebounding team in the league this season. He’s grabbed just four or fewer rebounds in six of his past eight games, so there’s definitely some value with the under.
It’s hard to rebound against the Jazz, and it’s even harder to rebound when you’re not on the court. I like the under up to -145.