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3 MUST BET NBA Player Props Tonight | Josh Giddey & Gary Trent Jr. 1/7/22

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The sports weekend gets off to a strong start tonight with a full nine-game slate in the NBA. Plenty of teams and players will be in action, making for a great night to get involved with some NBA picks and prop bets. You can easily enhance your NBA player props handicapping process further by including the redesigned Awesemo OddsShopper Tool as well as NBA betting tips today. Thanks to this tremendous tool, finding the best player props and bets is as simple as three quick steps: Filter, sort, bet.

With help from OddsShopper, the following article highlights three must-bet prop predictions for Friday’s NBA action.

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With OddsShopper, finding the best NBA betting player props is fast and simple. All users have to do is filter the prop selections, sort the page and find the best pick to bet. The process is extremely quick and highly effective. Try out the tool for yourself tonight with the three featured prop bets below!

Gary Trent Jr. Over 14.5 Points (-105, FanDuel)

Gary Trent Jr. has surpassed the 20-point threshold in each of the last two games. Having a full complement of teammates back healthy and playing alongside him appears to only have benefitted the 22-year-old. Trent is now averaging 16.6 points per game on the season. That mark sits over 2 points higher than tonight’s NBA player props line of 14.5. While the Raptors are facing a Utah Jazz team that has been solid defensively, both overall and on the perimeter, the Jazz will be without a slew of players due to a combination of COVID protocols and injuries.

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With Utah set to be a shell of itself in tonight’s game, Trent figures to have ample opportunity to exceed his NBA betting scoring prop. Awesemo’s exact scoring projection of 16.23 points is much closer to Trent’s per-game average. At -105 odds, this over prediction carries an expected ROI of 24%. Furthermore, OddsShopper currently shows that price as being up to 15 cents better value than other sportsbooks in the market.

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Josh Giddey Under 6.5 Assists (-112, SugarHouse)

Rookie Josh Giddey turned heads this past weekend when he achieved a triple-double at the young age of 19. He totaled 14 assists in that game. While Giddey has finished with double-digit assists in five of his last seven games played, he is still only averaging 6.3 on the season overall. He was held to exactly six assists in a matchup against the same Minnesota Timberwolves team the Thunder face tonight on Wednesday.

Awesemo’s projections are in favor of playing under what is perceived as an elevated assist total. OddsShopper shows that the NBA player props market generally agrees with this sentiment. The vast majority of sportsbooks show odds juiced to the under on this prop bet tonight. However, that is not the case everywhere, and bettors can still score a solid -112 price by shopping around. At those odds, Awesemo gives this wager a solid 20% expected ROI.

Norman Powell Under 3.5 Assists (-110, PointsBet)

The shorthanded Portland Trail Blazers will be up against it in a big way offensively tonight. In addition to being without star guards Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum, the Blazers also must contend with a solid defensive opponent. The Cleveland Cavaliers enter Friday’s contest allowing only 102.6 points per game to opponents, the second fewest of any team. While the absence of two key pieces has resulted in several Portland players having elevated NBA player props totals, Awesemo believes that the under on 3.5 total assists for Norman Powell is the right choice.

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It is worth noting that the NBA betting line sits nearly 1.5 assists higher than Powell’s per-game average of 2.1. Even in recent games with both Lillard and McCollum sidelined, Powell has not seen a massive bump in assists. In fact, he has only topped this line once in the last six games. Add in a tough defensive opponent and it is no surprise that OddsShopper is showing that the market is juiced towards the under. Awesemo’s projection of exactly 2.93 assists translates to a 67% win probability for the under. Even with extra juice required, bettors can still score an 18% ROI by playing the favorable -130 price.

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