Top 3 NBA Player Props for January 18: No Mitchell, No Problem

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Darius Garland #10 of the Cleveland Cavaliers dribbles against the Portland Trail Blazers. Alika Jenner/Getty Images/AFP.

We have a fun slate tonight to find NBA player props. There are plenty of intriguing games on the board such as:

  • Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Memphis Grizzlies
  • Sacramento Kings vs. Los Angeles Lakers
  • Washington Wizards vs. New York Knicks

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Washington Wizards vs. New York Knicks

Wednesday, January 18, 2023 – 07:30 PM EST at Madison Square Garden

Kyle Kuzma (Washington Wizards)

The New York Knicks have an interesting stat surrounding their season. The Knicks are the only team with a winning record, but a losing record at home. New York will look to improve upon that tonight when they face the Washington Wizards.

Many NBA observers believe that the Washington Wizards made a mistake when they gave an extension to Bradley Beal. That’s because as a guard in his 30s, his athleticism is declining and he is becoming more injury prone. Those criticisms look to be true tonight as Beal will miss another game.

That means the bulk of the scoring will go to Kristaps Porzingis and Kyle Kuzma. The Knicks are an old-school team that will sometimes play two bigs, which will limit Porzingis’ opportunities to get easy chances around the rim. This means the majority of the advantageous matchups on the offensive end will be with Kyle Kuzma handling the ball.

The Pick

Kyle Kuzma dropped 40 points against the Knicks when the two teams met on January 13th. Because of the Knicks reliance on a traditional defense, the slashing abilities of Kuzma are greatly amplified, and his ability to beat this match up.

We will go right back to the well tonight. With Kuzma beating the weaker perimeter defenders and putting stress on the Knicks’ interior defense, he will have another big night against the New York Knicks

NBA Prop Pick: Kyle Kuzma Over 22.5 Points (-111) at Caesars Sportsbook

Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Memphis Grizzlies

Wednesday, January 18, 2023 – 08:00 PM EST at FedExForum

Darius Garland (Cleveland Cavaliers)

The Cleveland Cavaliers will face a tough test taking on the Memphis Grizzlies tonight. The Grizzlies will be looking to tie a franchise record with 11 straight wins. Memphis is coming into this game playing some of the best basketball in the NBA. Their most recent game was a 136-106 domination of the Phoenix Suns.

The Cavaliers are coming off a win over another Western Conference foe, defeating the New Orleans Pelicans 113-103 on Monday. The Cavaliers suffered a loss in that game, however, as star Donovan Mitchell strained his left groin with 5 minutes to go in the third quarter. He is listed as doubtful for tonight’s game.

With Mitchell out of the lineup, Darius Garland will take over most of that offensive usage. After Mitchell went out, Garland drained three three-pointers in the fourth quarter to make sure the Cavaliers got the win. He was 4-8 in the 4th quarter and finished with 30 points.

The Pick

We will see another big game from Darius Garland tonight. The advantage of having two play-making guards is when one goes down, the other can increase the usage and allow your team to continue to compete.

Garland completely took over the offense with Mitchell out and he will be the primary offensive engine for the Cavaliers tonight. He will go over this point prop total.

NBA Prop Pick: Darius Garland Over 23.5 Points (-125) at SugarHouse

Sacramento Kings vs. Los Angeles Lakers

Wednesday, January 18, 2023 – 10:30 PM EST at Arena

Domantas Sabonis (Sacramento Kings)

The Sacramento Kings in Los Angeles Lakers will play again after a 136-134 Lakers victory in Sacramento on January 7th. In that game, Domantas Sabonis scored 25 points against the Lakers.

Since the loss, the Sacramento Kings have won four straight games. They will be looking to continue that winning streak and avenge their recent loss to the Lakers tonight.

The Lakers have had some of the highest totals in the league after losing Anthony Davis. The combined total score was 272 when the Lakers defeated the Houston Rockets 140-132 on Monday night.

The Pick

The Lakers’ games have been some of the highest-scoring games in the league as of late. This team knows that they struggle to defend in the half-court and they are getting out in transition and getting shots up early in the shot clock. This translates to overs not only for game totals but for player props as well.

The Lakers have no match inside for Domantas Sabonis. Thomas Bryant is not skilled enough defensively to handle a man like Sabonis. The quick pace means Sabonis will have plenty of opportunities to rack up points.

He scored 25 in his last game against the Lakers. He will probably score even more tonight.

NBA Prop Pick: Domantas Sabonis Over 20.5 Points (-125) at Bet365 is your sports betting command center. Read featured betting strategy compiled from a panel of leading sports betting experts.

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