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Generally speaking, props are micro-events that happen within the game. Instead of looking at the point spread, money line, or totals, you’re looking at more minor things within that game—the final result doesn’t necessarily matter, depending on the bet.
Below, let’s look at examples of these three prop bets.
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If you’ve never placed a prop bet before, a bit more navigation is required to finish this bet, but it’s still easy to complete. Below we have a step-by-step guide for how to do it.
Note: There are multiple steps here, but we did this to make it as easy to follow as possible.
The prop betting market at FanDuel is quite robust, including options you won’t find anywhere else.
Looking over the three prop bet types mentioned above, you’ll find many team and player props.
Here are examples that we found of each.
On the NBA homepage, there are additional options above, including “Player Doubles,” which feature bets like a player's total points and their team winning. There are also “First Basket” and “Star Player” props.
The “Star Player” prop section is a nice touch because it’s to be expected that more casual players want to bet on LeBron James, for example.
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While BetMGM has plenty of tools available for parlay bets, there’s also a great library of prop bets available.
The combination of statistics makes for some exciting wagers because you’re accounting for multiple stats at once. The player props aren’t just limited to a few players, either.
For example, looking at a regular week NBA game, I see nine options for total points prop bets, just in one game.
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At Caesars Sportsbook, you’ll find many of the same prop bets mentioned above for BetMGM and FanDuel.
Where there are some additions, though, are player props specifically for the first quarter and first scorer.
A few more prop bets are available here compared to FanDuel and BetMGM.
We’ve covered some of these already, but with player props, you’ll be focusing on the statistical performance of individual players.
Remember, these bets won’t be offered everywhere, but these are the types of bets you can expect to find if you look across each legal sportsbook in your state.
NBA team props are more limited than player props, but a solid number of team prop bets are available, depending on where you look.
When examining season-long prop bets, you’re bordering on wagering on futures bets. Some examples that are considered props include:
These would fall under the futures betting category, but anything associated with statistics can be considered a prop bet.
Skill prop bets is a phrase used to describe certain types of prop bets as opposed to this being its category at a sportsbook.
With skill props, you make prop bets when you use research, knowledge, and strategy to make them.
Examples would be single-player props such as the player’s total points. You can research things such as how they’ve been performing, if the team is coming off of a day off, how they’ve done historically against a team, how good the opposing defense is if the player is dealing with an injury, and more.
These prop bets may not also have anything to do with the game's outcome. For example, if you bet on James Harden to go over 20.5 points, he could score 50, and the Philadelphia 76ers could still lose.
Fun prop bets are wagers you’ll make that have much more of a “gambling” element. You can make educated guesses on these props, but the research associated with them is minimal.
Here are some examples:
As you can see, there’s a massive element of randomness associated with these. There’s nothing to go off of, but these, like any wager, should be reserved for entertainment.
If you’re in a state that has more than one legal sportsbook, there are many advantages to utilizing multiple sportsbooks.
Within each sportsbook, you’ll find a few things that can make your betting experience better.
It should go without saying, but you should always research how a player performs when placing a single-player prop bet.
Let’s use as an example some of Harden's past total points line mentioned above of 20.5.
At some point in the 2022/2023 NBA season, Harden has finished with the following number of points over 5 games:
So, if you look at these past five games, you can see that he finished under 20.5 just once but also missed a game. Outside of that 12/30/22 performance, he’s finished with less than 20.5 points four times since 12/5/22.
From here, you could look at the opposing defense. One statistic you can look at is opponent points per game.
This is, of course, a very rudimentary process, but it’s a great start.
When it comes to injury reports, you first want to ensure that you’re betting on a player that’s going to play. More often than not, sportsbooks won’t offer prop bets on players who are up in the air in terms of availability.
However, you see a player on the injury report with prop bets. In that case, you’ll want to look at when the injury occurred and their availability since it first came up.
You can ask questions like the following:
For statistical performance, availability is everything.
Beyond the injured player, you can also examine players that will benefit from limited usage or absence.
For example, suppose Fred VanVleet was to sit out for a game for the Toronto Raptors. In that case, Malachi Flynn, who averages just 16 minutes per game, could see more usage. Averaging six points per game in 16 minutes, if he were to play 32 minutes and his total points prop was 15.5, you could project his total points based on his current role.
Playing 16 minutes and scoring six, if you were to project that across 32 minutes (double his usual role), you would arrive at 12 points. From here, you would then go down a rabbit hole similar to the track record strategy above, looking at other injuries, opponents' defense, and more.
After graduating from the University of New Hampshire with a BA in Journalism, Richard Janvrin has been covering iGaming and sports betting since December 2018. Richard has covered betting at Bleacher Report, Gambling.com, The Game Day, Forbes, and more.More info on Richard Janvrin
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