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All five members of the Boston Celtics’ starting five scored at least 17 points as they held off the Indiana Pacers to improve to 22-2 at home, while Jalen Brunson led an injured New York Knicks team to yet another win over the Utah Jazz.
Here are our favorite NBA player prop picks for Wednesday.
Allen is in the heart of one of the best stretches of his entire career right now, having recorded a double-double in a whopping 15 straight games. He also snatched 17 and 14 rebounds in his last two games and went over this total in three straight and nine of his last 11 games.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are an excellent defensive team (second in def. rating in January) and are facing a Detroit Pistons squad that struggles to shoot the ball. Jalen Duren is a strong rebounder, but Detroit overall is just 15th in rebound rate since the calendars turned and will be hard-pressed to hold down Allen while he’s so hot.
VanVleet averaged 8.5 assists per game for the season as a whole but only beat this line in three of his last eight games. He’s also facing a New Orleans Pelicans team that has a great defense full of long, versatile cogs that can disrupt any team’s offense on a nightly basis.
The Houston Rockets are much better at home than they are on the road but also play at a glacially slow pace and have the third-lowest assist percentage in 2024. VanVleet dropped 14 times during an uncharacteristically outstanding team shooting night against the Los Angeles Lakers but could struggle to get back to even eight on Wednesday.
The Orlando Magic have an excellent defense—one of the best in the league. Right? Wrong!
Orlando is just 22nd in defensive rating since the calendars turned, and to make matters worse, it’s also 18th in rebound percentage over the same span. Meanwhile, Wemby averaged 24.4 points, 9.3 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and 3.3 blocks in 26.2 minutes over his last 15 games and is becoming a more efficient player with every passing day. The San Antonio Spurs also tend to play better at home, and Wemby should headline their effort.
Jokic is questionable with lower back pain. He split the over/under evenly in his last eight outings but went under both of his last two games and is more likely to go under than over in the Denver Nuggets’ clash with the Oklahoma City Thunder in the midweek.
The Joker hasn’t been at his best against the Thunder this season, averaging 23.7 points in three matchups. OKC also has the fourth-best defensive rating in the league and is excellent at home, while Denver often struggles to bring its show on the road. Watch for OKC to use the motivation of two recent losses to inspire it to a strong night on both ends and for Jokic to go under.
Thomas cleared this total in three straight games, scoring 25+ in all of them. He also went over in six of his last nine outings and is continuing to prove himself as one of the best young scorers the league has to offer, even if he isn’t yet an All-Star-level player.
Thomas recently rejoined the starting lineup and seems to have found more momentum as a scorer ever since. His opponent, the Phoenix Suns, has so much scoring power that he will likely be under huge pressure to go shot-for-shot with Devin Booker, Kevin Durant, and Bradley Beal, which should give him enough of a demand to go over his line.
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