Sunday’s NBA schedule is mixed, with three games in the morning and five in the evening. The late slate will be covered in this article, along with NBA player predictions and player props for Isaiah Joe, Kevon Looney, and Mason Plumlee. It’s time to finish the weekend strong!
NBA Player Predictions – Picks & Props
This game between the Thunder and Kings has by far the best game environment on the late slate. The total is currently 240.5 points, with the Kings favored by four points away. Due to an injury, the Thunder will be without All-Star point guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander.
No Gilgeous-Alexander means more time for Isaiah Joe, who has the first player prop we’ll look at. Joe made his third start of the season last night, finishing with 28 points and seven rebounds on 11-of-17 shooting from the field and 6-of-12 from beyond the arc. Joe excels at scoring, but we’re taking the over on his rebounds and assists prop, which is one of the best on the board.
Joe is projected for 6.9 rebounds and assists, with a decent value on the over in our NBA Model. Joe played 36 minutes in the second leg of a back-to-back game last night and is expected to play around 31 minutes in this spot this time around. In this game, you have enough time to record peripherals.
This season, the Kings have been very good at rebounding the ball, but they have allowed the fifth-most assists per game. Joe had five potential assists in his last game but only had one. In this fast-paced game, expect that to change. This prop is a little low for a player who can play at least 35 minutes per game.
Despite missing two — possibly three — starters, the Warriors are still 2.5-point home favorites over the Timberwolves as both teams try to climb the Western Conference standings. The Warriors will be without Stephen Curry and Andrew Wiggins, and Draymond Green is doubtful. Get in on the action with NBA online betting.
Jordan Poole and Klay Thompson have been outstanding with the increased usage rate and production. Kevon Looney has also been an absolute beast on the glass in his last five games, averaging 13.6 rebounds per game. What Looney hasn’t been able to do is collect assists.
Looney has three or more assists in only three of his last 11 games, for a 72.7% hit rate on this under prop. If Green is out, Looney may be able to get more assists, but he will struggle to get three or more. He is responsible for grabbing rebounds and scoring in the paint.
Looney will also face Rudy Gobert, who is averaging 11.6 rebounds per game and is known for being one of the league’s best rim protectors. Our NBA Model projects Looney for only 1.5 assists, and I’d take the under even if it got to 2 or 1.5 assists.
The final game of the Sunday slate is a Western Conference matchup between the Clippers and the Nuggets on ESPN.
With only about 20 games remaining on the schedule, the Nuggets have a five-game lead in the Western Conference and may be difficult to catch. They are also 2.5-point favorites at home in this game.
The Clippers will be without Ivica Zubac, which should give Mason Plumlee more playing time. Going up against Mr. Triple-Double, Nikola Jokic, who is vying for his third straight MVP award, poses a significant foul trouble risk.
Plumlee played only 25 minutes in the Clippers’ 176-175 double overtime thriller without Zubac on Friday. He finished with a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Plumlee is expected to play around 25 minutes tonight, which may be too much. Despite that relatively high minutes projection, he is only expected to score and rebound 15.7 points in this matchup against Jokic. That is well below the 19.5 prop line, making this another excellent under bet. Check out our OKBet NBA Betting Predictions for more expert analysis on tonight’s games.
This prop is more valuable on DraftKings, but the line is currently 18.5 points and rebounds. Plumlee will have a difficult time getting this over. Despite Zubac’s absence, the possibility of foul trouble against Jokic, and the fact that he isn’t getting many minutes to begin with, Plumlee’s understudy looks great tonight.