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NBA Player Props & Picks: How to Bet Killian Hayes, Stephen Curry (January 19)

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Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images. Pictured: Steph Curry (Warriors)

The NBA schedule features five games on Thursday, including a duel in Paris, France, between the Pistons and the Bulls.

Additionally, in the night cap, we have the second regular season NBA Finals rematch between the Warriors and the Celtics.

Below are my best bet NBA player props for the action tonight.

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Pistons

Killian Hayes Over 20.5 Points + Assists (-120)

Spread Bulls -7
Time | TV 3 p.m. ET | NBATV
Best Line BetMGM

The Chicago Bulls and the Detroit Pistons head to Paris, France, to play a regular season game.

This game should be extra motivation for Hayes, who is a French-American player and should want to put on a show for the country.

Aside from playing in France, Hayes has been playing well for the Pistons this season. In fact, over the last five games, Hayes is averaging 15 points and 7.2 assists per game.

Furthermore, he has gone over this projection in seven out of the last 10 games.

Hayes is also logging more minutes, as the Pistons have been dealing with injuries in the backcourt. Hayes is playing close to 33 minutes per game in January.

According to NBA Stats, over the last 10 games, the Bulls are allowing opposing teams to average 26.6 assists per game, which ranks 25th in that span.

I expect a big game from Hayes in France, and I like this up to 21.5.


Stephen Curry, Over 26.5 Points (-125)

Spread Celtics -6
Time | TV 7:30 p.m. ET | TNT
Best Line FanDuel

The big marquee matchup tonight will be the NBA Finals rematch between the Warriors and the Celtics in Boston.

These two teams matched up earlier this season in San Francisco and the Warriors defended home court with a convincing victory.

Now the Celtics look to avenge the NBA Finals and early-season loss tonight.

One player who has success against the Celtics is the reigning Finals MVP, Steph Curry.

Curry recently returned from a shoulder injury and it took him only one half to return to the level he was playing at prior to his injury.

In fact, over the last five games, Curry is averaging 27.6 points per game. He’s coming off his best offensive performance in the Warriors’ last game against the Wizards, scoring 41 points.

In the matchup earlier this season against the Celtics, Curry scored 32 points on 12-of-21 shooting from the field, including going 6-of-11 from beyond the arc.

Dating back to the NBA Finals, Curry scored 28+ points against the Celtics in five out of the six games.

Curry is a matchup nightmare for any team in the NBA because he can score from any spot on the floor.

Furthermore, the Celtics’ 3-point defense is struggling over the last 10 games. According to NBA Stats, in the last 10 games, the Celtics rank 19th in opponent 3-point shots made and 26th in opponent 3-point percentage.

I expect the 3-point shot to be flying tonight from Curry. I like this up to 28.5.

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