Thursday’s Best NBA Player Props: Betting Derrick Rose Points, More

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  • Thursday's four-game slate features two NBA player prop bets offering value.
  • This piece will focus on Blazers C Jusuf Nurkic and Timberwolves PG Derrick Rose.

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

  • Portland Trail Blazers at Phoenix Suns: 9 p.m. ET
  • Minnesota Timberwolves at Los Angeles Lakers: 10:30 p.m. ET on TNT

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.

Trail Blazers C Jusuf Nurkic

The Pick: Over 11 rebounds (-115)

Nurkic is one of the better rebounders in the league and has an absolutely elite matchup against the Suns, who rank dead last in team rebound rate and will also be without their two best rebounders in Deandre Ayton and Richaun Holmes.

The Suns have grabbed only 44.6% of available rebounds with both players off the court this season, which is an embarrassingly low number. Nurkic ripped down 14 boards in just 23 minutes in this season’s first meeting between these teams, and he should have a field day on the glass in this one.

I love this prop and would be willing to be the over up to -160.

Timberwolves PG Derrick Rose

The Pick: Over 18.5 points (-115)

Jeff Teague has been ruled out against the Lakers, which means Rose will likely have the opportunity to play big minutes.

Rose is coming off only six points in his most recent contest, but he played just 23.2 minutes in a game the Timberwolves ultimately won by 27 points. He should return to his normal workload on Thursday — he’s projected for 34 minutes in our FantasyLabs NBA Models as of writing– and has averaged 25.2 points per 36 minutes in games 11 games without Teague this season. The Lakers are also an awesome matchup since they play at the second-fastest pace in the league.

This is an awesome time to buy low on Rose after a clunker in his last game. I like the over up to -145.