Cole K’s Expert NBA Bets & Player Props Predictions Today 1/20/22

The Thursday night slate is a small one featuring just three games. With only three games to bet, finding value is very important, so be sure to check out the Awesemo OddsShopper to locate the most profitable odds. In a matchup featuring the New York Knicks and New Orleans Pelicans, the line on this game offers no true value, and thus a few player props will be the primary focus.

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Best NBA Player Prop Bets & Predictions Today

Knicks (-4) vs. Pelicans

The New York Knicks are hosting the New Orleans Pelicans Thursday night at 7:30 p.m. ET from Madison Square Garden. The Knicks are 4-point home favorites and will look to rebound after two straight home losses. The Pelicans are on an East Coast road trip that has seen them drop their first two games to both the Nets and Celtics, not covering in either game. This game can go either way, with both teams coming off a pair of losses, and just because the Knicks are at home in the garden does not mean they are an automatic tail. With that being said, the focus will be turned to their best player and strong value.

The best bets for this game are Julius Randle over 8.5 rebounds (-124) and over 4.5 assists (-110). Looking at the rebounds prop alone, Randle has averaged 10.1 rebounds per game this season, which provides a 1.6-rebound edge with this bet. When looking at OddsShopper, it is clear that these two bets provide great value for this three-game slate, and these lines could be on the move before tip-off, so be sure to get these locked in early.

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When making player prop bets it is always important to evaluate recent performances. Taking a look at Randle’s last 15 games, he has surpassed 8.5 rebounds in 12 of those, which is an astounding 80% success rate. Although the assist prop has only hit in seven of the last 15, he has hit in three of the last four, and the Knicks have made a point to work their offense inside out through Randle in the post.

In what should be a closely contested contest, Randle is slated to play 35-plus minutes, which will present him with a great usage rate and in turn a great possibility of hitting both of these props tonight. Rather than sweating out a late game buzzer-beater to ruin an over/under or a spread, sit back and watch Randle fill the stat sheet.

Best NBA Player Prop Bets: Julius Randle Over 8.5 Rebounds & Over 4.5 Assists

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