**All odds that are referenced in this article were taken from My Bookie at 2:20 on 12/7/2017. These odds may have changed since the time of this writing.
Things quiet down in the NBA in terms of scheduling on Thursday night, but a small four-game slate still has the chance to produce major winnings for NBA bettors.
NBA player prop bets are a huge reason why. This isn’t your usual betting slate from a general perspective, but with versatile stars like Russell Westbrook, James Harden, Ben Simmons and Lonzo Ball hitting the hardwood, there is an opportunity for serious cash.
My Bookie looks to be one of the top spots for NBA prop bets these days, as they have a slew of them ready for Thursday’s action.
You can search for other player prop bets if you want, but there’s a long list at My Bookie and I’ve found 7 in particular that should return some nice value:
Brandon Ingram Points (17.5)
Most of these Over/Under prop bets are the same in terms of upside and at My Bookie they tend to be listed with a -115 price. You’ve got a 50/50 chance starting out, so whether you win cash or not just depends on your knowledge and which way you lean.
For me, I’m favoring the Over here. Ingram has slowly morphed into a pretty reliable scorer for the Lakers. He’s poured in 17+ points in 7 of his last 9 games and dropped 26 on the Philadelphia 76ers earlier this year.
Ingram remains L.A.’s top scoring threat and gets that same matchup again tonight. Robert Covington is a solid defender, but Ingram will get his and I wouldn’t be shocked to see a 25+ point night in this one.
Lonzo Ball Rebounds + Assists (13.5)
Sticking with the Lakers, another NBA player prop bet I’m high on tonight is Lonzo Ball’s rebounds and assists Total. This is not a prolific scorer you’re dealing with, but the one thing the rookie has been fantastic at is posting strong peripherals.
Ball doesn’t always bring his shot, but he racks up rebounds and can get dimes in bunches. He’s averaging 6.9 rebounds and 7 assists per game on the year, so My Bookie is really just asking if he’ll hit his averages, overall.
After not showing up the first time he ran into the Sixers, I can see the cause for pause in this one. However, Ball is too versatile to get down on too much. I think the Lakers hang in this one and Ball racks up enough numbers to hit the Over.
Joel Embiid Rebounds (11.5)
This is an easy one for me, as Embiid is an impossible cover on defense and is also tough to box out on the glass. He destroyed the Lakers the first time he faced them earlier this year and racked up 15 rebounds – not to mention 46 points – in that contest.
Embiid is no longer on a strict minutes cap and Brook Lopez is the biggest guy the Lake Show can throw at him. That means Embiid will be out there busting skulls all night and there’s little the Lakers can do about it. Betting on Joel Embiid notching 12 rebounds feels quite safe in this matchup.
Ben Simmons Points (18.5)
This was the Joel Embiid show the first time the Sixers and Lakers went to war, yet Simmons still quietly thrived with 18 points, 9 rebounds and 10 assists.
I think Joel Embiid’s scoring total will dip a bit in this one, which could give way to a bigger offensive game for Simmons. Los Angeles just doesn’t have anyone that can hang with him, as Lonzo Ball is a terrible defender and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope isn’t big enough to keep Simmons out of the paint.
I expect Simmons to get inside at will and the only question will be if he’s a little more selfish and finishes himself this time around. Considering he almost topped this Total in the first meeting, I like his chances of getting it in the second showdown tonight.
Russell Westbrook Points (26.5)
Paul George is sidelined with a calf issue, so Russell Westbrook is going to have to take on a bigger offensive role than usual tonight. Westbrook has struggled as a scorer this season, but he still has volume on his side and no PG-13 will aid his cause.
In addition, Westbrook gets a bad Brooklyn Nets team. The Nets don’t defend and play extremely fast (3rd fastest pace in the NBA), so I can see Westbrook getting a lot of easy buckets in this one.
Considering it’s down to basically him and Carmelo Anthony, I think tonight is a solid time to bank on Russ getting to 30+ points. That puts this Over/Under in play for me.
Carmelo Anthony Points + Rebounds (24.5)
This has to be the safest of all the NBA player prop bets tonight. My Bookie isn’t accounting for Paul George being sidelined and might be focusing too much on Melo’s recent struggles.
Anthony has not been very efficient lately, but he’ll be needed more than usual in this one. No PG-13 opens up some rebounding for Melo, while it clearly hands him extra shots in the offense, as well.
Not only is this Total in play, but Melo also has a killer matchup against a bad Nets defense. Take the Over all day and don’t look back.
James Harden Points (32.5)
Last, but not least, is a fun NBA prop bet featuring James Harden. Again, there are other NBA specials to consider at My Bookie, but I’ve just been selecting the ones I like the most and feel the best about.
Harden’s is another, as he’s going into Utah to battle a stingy Jazz defense. Most will blindly push for the Over here, seeing as Harden had one of the best games of his brilliant career (56 points!) the last time he had this matchup.
Chris Paul wasn’t on hand for that contest, however, and it was also in Houston. The Jazz will play him a lot harder this time around, while they’ll also be doing so at home.
CP3 could take a few more shots from Harden in this one, too. Harden can still easily beat this scoring Total, but I think the setting is perfect to bet against him tonight.