NBA Christmas Day Player Props At DraftKings, FanDuel: LeBron James Among Value To Be Found

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LeBron James is among our NBA Christmas Day props bets (Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire)

It’s Christmas Day, which means it’s time for some NBA player props betting. Here’s a peek at all five games on the wagering menu, with props to consider for each.

Odds mentioned below are available at FanDuel and DraftKings as of Christmas morning. Shop around the betting market for the best prices for your props.

Hawks Vs. Knicks Props

Things aren’t going as Tom Thibodeau envisioned just a few short weeks ago. In their most recent outing, his Knicks surrendered 124 points to the Bradley Beal-less Wizards on Thursday, the third-highest total they’ve given up all season.

In the loss, Kemba Walker played just shy of 43 minutes, the most on the team. He finished with 44 points, nine boards, and eight assists and barely left the floor out of necessity, going from someone who was cut out of Thibs’ rotation to invaluable due to the absence of Derrick Rose (ankle) surgery.

Fellow guards Immanuel Quickley, Quentin Grimes, and Miles McBride have all been sidelined due to health and safety protocols. R.J. Barrett, Nerlens Noel, and Kevin Knox have also been out, although Barrett and Grimes are expected to be a part of this Christmas contest as long as their conditioning allows. Considering Julius Randle isn’t playing at the same level he reached last season, look for Walker to continue producing, which may prove to be nothing more than auditioning for suitors, since New York is likely to move him if it finds a trade partner once this latest COVID crisis is behind them.

Trae Young remains sidelined due to protocols, which is the case for many of the Hawks. Without Young, Clint Capela, Kevin Huerter, and Lou Williams, Atlanta stunned Philadelphia after losing to Orlando. Cam Reddish, Delon Wright, and Skylar Mays fueled the 76ers upset, but Reddish exited due to cramping and Wright rolled his ankle.

Walker and Reddish should be players to target in individual props since both will likely have high usage rates. Walker’s points total at FanDuel sits at 21.5 (over -108) as of Christmas morning.

 

Celtics Vs. Bucks Props

Jaylen Brown has returned from a hamstring injury and been dominant alongside Jayson Tatum, so even though Boston has a number of players out due to safety protocols, the Celtics are in better shape than most playing on the holiday.

Al Horford is hoping to get cleared, but the Celtics have played through Robert Williams in the post and got Dennis Schroder back, so they’re well equipped to go into Fiserv Forum and pull out a victory.

Giannis Antetokounmpo and Bobby Portis are reportedly cleared from COVID protocols. DeMarcus Cousins scored 22 points in a 102-95 win over Dallas, and second-year forward Jordan Nwora has taken on a large role as a rebounder and offensive catalyst in picking up a lot of the Greek Freak’s touches in complementing guards Jrue Holiday and Khris Middleton.

A bet on Boston may be the way to go even if with Antetokounmpo and Portis cleared, due for continuity and conditioning’s sake. Williams has secured seven or more rebounds in five of his last six outings and has grabbed 11 boards in two of the past three contests, so riding that gravy train looks like a solid play.  FanDuel is dealing Williams’ rebound total at 9.5 (over -122).

Warriors Vs. Suns Props

Phoenix used a 37-21 third-quarter edge to erase a halftime deficit in taking down Oklahoma City on Thursday and saw Devin Booker score 30 points, as he looks like he’s back from a hamstring injury that sidelined him for seven games.

Even though we don’t get Klay Thompson’s return to sweeten the matchup, Golden State joins the Suns in having their All-Stars healthy for this third meeting between Pacific Division rivals. The Warriors snapped Phoenix’s 18-game win streak the last time the teams squared off, but Phoenix won the first meeting and has won five straight to inch ahead by a half-game prior to Saturday’s showdown.

Stephen Curry has scored 30 or more points in three straight contests and comes off a 46-point outing against Memphis on Thursday night. Curry has flourished since putting the pressure of shattering Ray Allen’s all-time 3-point record behind him in New York on Dec. 14. He’s shot 17-for-40 from 3-point range and should hit at least five 3-pointers against Phoenix in this contest. FanDuel and DraftKings both have Curry’s 3-point total set at 5.5 (-150).

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Nets Vs. Lakers Props

Brooklyn isn’t expected to get Kevin Durant back from protocols but will have L.A. native James Harden in the mix as the Nets square off with the Lakers. It’s going to be the first game in the Lakers’ building since it was renamed Crypto.com Arena and features star power with LeBron James, Russell Westbrook, and Harden playing, even as Durant, Kyrie Irving, and Anthony Davis all sit.

Despite more losses than many thought they would be saddled with, Brooklyn owns the Eastern Conference’s top record. L.A. comes in at 16-17. James and Davis have each missed significant time, Westbrook has struggled with his shot, and key glue guys have also been out of commission even beyond the COVID issues that have plagued Malik Monk, Avery Bradley, Kent Bazemore, and rookie Austin Reaves.

James will have to dominate just to give his team a chance, so expect him to outperform any individual prop numbers. He’s averaged 33.7 points and 10 rebounds over the last three games and doesn’t have to worry about any standout individual defenders slowing him down on the Brooklyn side. Double-teams may lead to more assists than he’s delivered of late, so a points-rebounds-assists props may be worth looking into. DraftKings has that number at 43.5 (over -125).

Mavericks Vs. Jazz Props

The NBA was hoping this would serve as a vehicle to showcase Luka Doncic’s brilliance, but he didn’t even make the trip to Salt Lake City since he’s on the COVID list. Tim Hardaway, Jr., Reggie Bullock, Maxi Kleber, Trey Burke, and John Green all joined him in sitting out Thursday’s loss in Milwaukee.

Kristaps Porzingis may be available since he’s only been dealing with a sore toe, but coach Jason Kidd will probably be reliant on Jalen Brunson in the Doncic role as primary catalyst, Dorian Finney-Smith being more assertive, and the likes of Frank Ntilikina, Sterling Brown, Theo Pinson, and the newly-signed Marquese Chriss to play major minutes.

The Jazz have managed to avoid getting caught up with protocols and have won eight of 10 to match the Suns as the most successful team during this most recent stretch. Utah has failed to cover the spread in four consecutive contests but should be able to handle business against the depleted Mavs.

Utah center Rudy Gobert has put together double-doubles in nine of 10 December contests. He’s scored 20 or more points in four of six and 17 or more in four of five contests, so riding a prop on the French 7-footer is a solid option. He’s recorded multiple blocks in four of five games too, swatting 11 over the past three outings.

DraftKings has Gobert’s point total listed at 15.5 (over -120) and ‘over’ 2.5 blocks offered at +125.

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Tony Mejia

Tony Mejia

Tony Mejia has been a national writer for nearly two decades and has covered NBA and college basketball as a columnist, analyst, handicapper, and bracketologist for CBS Sports, Pro Basketball News, and numerous other sites.

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