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NBA player props & odds for Tuesday: LeBron, Giannis, Booker best bets for In-Season Tournament | Sporting News

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The NBA In-Season Tournament continues tonight with another exciting double-header. The Bucks and Knicks will take center stage starting at 7:30 p.m. ET, followed by the Suns and Lakers at 10 p.m. ET.

These matchups offer even more star power than yesterday’s contests, and bettors can find terrific LeBron James, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Jalen Brunson, and Devin Booker player props. With the race for the trophy winding down, we’re looking at the best NBA player props for the only two matchups on tonight’s schedule. 

Tonight’s best NBA prop bets: Knicks vs. Bucks, Suns vs. Lakers

Our favorite player props of the day are courtesy of FanDuel Sportsbook.

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo UNDER 29.5 points
  • Jalen Brunson OVER 3.5 rebounds
  • LeBron James OVER 25.5 points
  • Devin Booker OVER 2.5 3-pointers made

Knicks vs. Bucks betting odds

Here are live Knicks vs. Bucks betting odds from top US sports betting apps.

 

Giannis Antetokounmpo UNDER points

Giannis has come alive over the last few weeks, putting together a few monster games to boost his season averages to 30, 11, and 5 on 60% shooting from the field.

Most of his points come in the paint, but continuing that trend will be more of a challenge tonight. The Knicks own the third-best defensive rating in the NBA and are fourth in points allowed in the paint this season. 

He’s played three top-10 teams in opponents points in the paint allowed this season, and he scored under his season average in all but one of them – Brooklyn. The Nets were without starting center Nic Claxton and went to a small ball lineup in that instance.

Without a big man to defend the rim, Antetokounmpo had his way, erupting for 36 points. Against the healthy top-10 paint-defending teams he has faced, his season high is just 22 points. 

In an earlier matchup this year against the Knicks, Giannis finished with just 22 points on 6-for-10 from the field in 22 minutes of play. 

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Jalen Brunson OVER rebounds

In his last eight games, Brunson has hauled in four or more rebounds six times. He’s in attack mode right now as he carries the Knicks, shooting 20-plus times in three of his last four games.

The more he shoots the ball, the higher his rebounding totals. That’s partly due to the occasional offensive rebound or two on a missed shot attempt at the rim.

Considering how low his total is and the value it offers, it’s worth taking a chance on the small guard to find some loose balls. 

The last time he faced the Bucks, he finished with 45 points on 17-for-30 from the field and five rebounds. Additionally, he’ll have more shots at rebounds thanks to the quick pace the Bucks play with.

They are fifth in the league with a pace of 103.8. He’ll have a chance to grab a few freebies by getting back on defense against a team looking to strike quickly.

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Suns vs. Lakers betting odds

Here are the live Suns vs. Lakers betting odds from top sports betting sites.

 

LeBron James OVER points

The Suns have done a great job at weathering the onslaught of injuries they’ve endured. However, defense is not their calling card for winning games, even when healthy.

They’re 23rd in the league in points in the paint allowed per game, an area of the court where LeBron James thrives. It’s noteworthy that James hasn’t topped his listed total for tonight in his last seven games.

However, he will likely be much more aggressive in primetime against Kevin Durant for a chance to advance in the NBA In-Season Tournament. It’ll be needed against the Suns, who can score with the best in the league.

The Lakers will need James to have a good night to keep pace. He’s shown he can still score the ball effectively and efficiently when needed. 

James scored 32 points on 11-for-17 from the field in their last matchup. With three days of rest, the 21-year veteran will have the juice he needs to cover this line tonight. 

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Devin Booker OVER made 3-pointers

Devin Booker is shooting nearly 40% from deep this season while hoisting five attempts a game. That volume will serve him well against a Lakers defense without several of their best defenders.

Without the depth of bodies to throw his way, Booker is in for a big night. Having Durant alongside him to draw attention will help. Durant is second in the league in scoring, which makes Booker’s life easier. 

Booker has connected on three or more 3-pointers in two of his last four games, including the Suns’ last game on Saturday against Memphis. Booker will again find his rhythm against an injured, struggling Lakers defense that has allowed at least 115 points in three of its last five games.

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