NBA Player Prop Bets: The GOAT Heads to the Mecca

Jan 31, 2023
NBA Player Prop Bets (January 31st, 2023)

We’ve got another reasonable slate around the NBA on Tuesday, as we have five games headlined by LeBron James heading into the Mecca as he pursues Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s all-time scoring record. I outlined my three favorite player props for the slate below.

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Today’s NBA Player Prop Bets (January 31, 2023)

LeBron James Over 28.5 Points (-105 at DraftKings)

Narratives are often an aspect of betting that are traps more often than not, but it’s incredibly hard to ignore LeBron James pursuing the all-time scoring record with a game in Madison Square Garden on the horizon.

James hasn’t played in the Garden since 2020, but this game being on national TV saw James get ruled in early in the morning. He’s also in the midst of his best stretch of the season, averaging 34.3 points on 49.6% shooting over his last 10 games. While the majority of these games have been without Anthony Davis, things didn’t change when the star big man returned, either. In two games since Davis’ return, James has averaged 30.5 points with a 33.3% usage rate and 44.2 minutes per game (one game went to OT).

The Knicks have become an even softer matchup, especially at the rim, without Mitchell Robinson and this game carries a tight spread, which could lead to a big game for James, who’s coming off a game of rest on Monday.

Risk: 1.05 units on DraftKings to win 1 unit.

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