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5 MUST BET NBA Player Props for Christmas Day | Jayson Tatum & Jalen Brunson 12/25/21

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Merry Christmas to all! As has become an annual tradition, we have a star-studded NBA slate to add to the holiday festivities. With five games on tap, bettors will have ample opportunity to celebrate Christmas in style with some winning NBA player props throughout the day. 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 five must-bet prop predictions including one for each Christmas Day game.

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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!

Cam Reddish Under 19.5 Points (-120, FanDuel)

Atlanta Hawks wing Cam Reddish has been one of several players to see increased playing time as a result of three starters being in virus protocol. While this has led to the 22-year-old scoring in double figures in four of the last five games, he has only topped the Christmas Day NBA player props total of 19.5 points once during that span. It took a 60% shooting clip from three-point range to propel Reddish to that 34-point outburst. Against a New York Knicks team that prides itself on playing tough defense, Reddish is much more likely to shoot below his season average of 41.9% from the floor. Awesemo projects Reddish to finish with exactly 17.83 points in this matchup. The resulting expected ROI on the under for this prop bet is a solid 15%.

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Jayson Tatum Under 8.5 Rebounds (-115, FanDuel)

Although Jayson Tatum comes into the Boston Celtics‘ Christmas Day matchup on a run of grabbing nine rebounds in three consecutive games, Awesemo believes that playing under 8.5 is the best prop bet to make. One of the big reasons why Tatum’s rebounding numbers have been consistently finishing above his season average is due to the depleted state of the Celtics’ frontcourt. While that remains the case for Saturday’s game, rebounds don’t figure to come easy against the Milwaukee Bucks. The defending champs are one of the best teams on the glass in the NBA. The OddsShopper Tool currently shows optimal -115 odds offering up to 10 cents better value than alternative prices.

Cameron Johnson Under 10.5 Points (-110, DraftKings)

Relative to Cameron Johnson‘s recent form, this Christmas Day NBA betting line of 10.5 total points is a bit low. After all, the Phoenix Suns wing has exceeded that line in 11 straight games. Of course, a big portion of those came with superstar teammate Devin Booker sidelined. Since Booker rejoined the starting lineup three games ago, Johnson’s playing time has declined. However, shooting performances like his 5-5 from beyond the three-point arc on Thursday have allowed him to continue scoring in bunches. Awesemo believes Johnson’s shooting is due to regress on Saturday against the stingy Golden State Warriors defense. An exact projection of 8.66 points sits nearly two below the NBA player props total.

Nicolas Claxton Over 5.5 Rebounds (-128, FanDuel)

Christmas Day will be the first game for the Brooklyn Nets in a week after multiple virus-related cancellations. For center Nicolas Claxton, the break came at an opportune time as he was able to heal up a wrist injury that forced him to miss last Saturday’s game. With both Kevin Durant and LaMarcus Aldridge still in virus protocols, Claxton should be in line for a solid amount of playing time. He has averaged 4.5 rebounds per game on the season to date despite playing a reserve’s allotments of minutes. The OddsShopper Tool shows that the NBA betting market agrees with Awesemo’s projection and has juiced this prop to the over. However, bettors can still net a healthy 29% expected ROI with a play on the optimal -128 odds.

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Jalen Brunson Over 5.5 Assists (-125, PointsBet)

The Dallas Mavericks officially announced that star point guard Luka Doncic would not travel with the team to Utah for Saturday’s game against the Jazz. As a result, Jalen Brunson is once again in line to orchestrate the Mavs’ offense. While OddsShopper shows the majority of the NBA betting market has elevated his assists total to 6.5, one sportsbook still lists it at 5.5. Brunson has successfully eclipsed that total in five straight games filling in for Doncic. In four of the five, he has dished out eight or more. Awesemo’s projections differ greatly from the betting line. An exact projection of 8.02 assists yields both a massive win probability of 84% and a huge positive ROI of 54%.

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