NBA Player Prop Picks for Thursday: Banking on Buckets From Blake

NBA props expert John Hyslop is here with his top player prop pick for Thursday night's NBA action.
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Thu, December 16, 2:03 PM EST | 4 min read
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NBA Player Prop Picks for Thursday: Banking on Buckets From Blake

Even though we have the NFL to lean on tonight, we still need to get down on the NBA. These guys will be all we have very soon, so it's time to start treating them like they matter because they do. Covid is running wild through all sports at the moment, and while that's a problem, it's also creating opportunities. The books can't possibly get these player props right since most of the lineups have never seen the floor together. So instead, we have bench guys getting starter minutes with higher than normal usage. It's madness, and I kind of like it.

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Blake Griffin 10+ Points (+112)

Lines available at FanDuel at time of publishing.

The thing about this one is that 10+ is the way to go, but it's only at FanDuel, from what I can see. Everywhere else on the planet has 8.5 for anywhere between -120 and -130. That's fine too. It's just that I want the plus money on this one. Sometimes you might as well get greedy.

Blake is past his prime at this point, but this is the same guy that used to jump over cars and dunk basketballs, so you know he's legit. Tonight Griffin and half the Nets will take on the Philadelphia 76ers in Brooklyn on NBA TV. I say half of the Nets because most of the starting five are on the Covid list. While that stinks for them, it's like Christmas for us as bettors.

The Nets took on the Toronto Raptors in this exact situation just the other night. Griffin played 30 minutes, took six shots from the floor and another four from the free-throw line. He only scored 13 points, but that's like 20+ for most guys when you think about it. The best part is, the same thing should happen again tonight since all the Nets are still on the Covid list.

Joel Embiid and the 76ers are in town, which isn't great, but they just got beat by a short-handed Miami Heat team last night. PJ Tucker scored 12 points against them, cmon! The way I see it, Griffin will likely play 30+ minutes tonight. While he won't be the offense's focal point, he still should be able to put the ball in the basket five times. This is not that hard people.

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John Hyslop
@sloprules

John has spent the past 20+ years betting sports on a daily basis and is considered by many to be a walking sports betting encyclopedia. From obscure player props to sides and totals, if there is an angle, John will find it. His work has appeared on Rotogrinders and he has been a regular on sports talk radio stations across the country. Based in the US, John operates a blog & podcast, Sports Bets Beers, which covers betting angles in the NFL, NBA, MLB, & NHL.

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