Saturday’s Best NBA Player Props: Betting CJ McCollum Points, More
Credit: Steve Dykes-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum (3).
- Saturday's five-game NBA slate features two player prop bets offering value
- This piece will focus on Pacers C Myles Turner and Blazers G CJ McCollum
Saturday’s best NBA player props focus on two of the slate’s four games:
- Indiana Pacers at Memphis Grizzlies: 8 p.m. ET
- Atlanta Hawks at Portland Trail Blazers: 10 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.
Pacers C Myles Turner
The Pick: Over 13 points (+115)
Turner is in a brutal spot today vs. the Memphis Grizzlies, who have played at the slowest pace in the league this season. Turner also has a tough individual matchup vs. Marc Gasol, who ranks 12th at the center position in terms of Defensive Real Plus/Minus (DRPM).
That said, Turner figures to be one of the biggest beneficiaries from the absence of Victor Oladipo, who was lost for the season due to a brutal quad injury. Turner has averaging 13.7 points per game in 10 games without Oladipo this season, which makes the idea of getting this prop at better than even money pretty enticing.
Turner is really skilled for a big man, and he should have more opportunities with Oladipo out for the rest of the season. I like the over at anything better than +100.
Blazers G CJ McCollum
The Pick: Over 20.5 points (-114)
The big news in this game is that Damian Lillard is listed as doubtful, which is providing lots of value with McCollum’s scoring prop. He’s seen a massive +8.9% usage bump with Lillard off the court this season, resulting in an average of 25 points per 36 minutes. Lillard has yet miss a game this season, but McCollum averaged 25.1 points in nine games without Lillard last year.
He’s also in an elite spot vs. the Atlanta Hawks, who have played at the fastest pace in the league this season. They also rank just tied for 25th in defensive efficiency, and the Blazers’ implied team total of 120.0 points ranks first on the slate.
There is the slight chance that Lillard does suit up in tonight, but McCollum could still eclipse 20.5 points given the matchup. I’m locking this bet in early at anything below -140 since the odds will skyrocket once the Lillard news is confirmed.