The NBA schedule features two games tonight. The San Antonio Spurs head East to take on the New Orleans Pelicans, and the Washington Wizards continue their road trip with a stop in Utah tonight to take on the Jazz.
Let’s take a look at where the betting value lies for Thursday’s NBA player props.
NBA Player Props & Picks
Devin Vassell, Over 21.5 (-120)
|Time | TV||8 p.m. ET | NBA League Pass|
The San Antonio Spurs head to New Orleans tonight to take on the Pelicans on Thursday night.
The Spurs are dealing with a few key injuries in this game. In fact, Spurs are listing their best player, Keldon Johnson, as doubtful. I believe the beneficiary of Johnson missing this game is going to be Devin Vassell.
This season, Vassell is averaging 20.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists. In fact, he’s shooting a career-high 45.5% from the field. The Spurs have faced the Pelicans twice this season, and Vassell scored 26 and 25 in those games, respectively.
Vassell averaged 20 shot attempts in both of those games against the Pelicans. In two games without Johnson in the lineup, Vassell is averaging 27.5 points per game and has gone over this number of 21.5 in both games.
I expect the shooting volume to be there tonight for Vassell. I like this all the way to 23.5.
Mike Conley, Over 7.5 Assists (-140)
|Time | TV||10 p.m. ET | NBA TV|
The Utah Jazz return home tonight after a long road trip and welcome the Washington Wizards to town.
I believe Conley will have a big night dishing the basketball for the Jazz. In a prior matchup this season against the Wizards, Conley dished out 10 assists for the Jazz.
Furthermore, the Wizards are allowing their opponents to average 26 assists per game, which ranks 21st in the league, according to NBA.com. However, over the last seven days, the Wizards have allowed opposing point guards to average 11.8 assists per game — the league’s third-worst mark.
The Jazz have plenty of shooters and cutters around for Conley to rack up the assists. I like this bet up to 7.5.