Best NBA Prop Bets Today: Back Jalen Brunson, DeMar DeRozan and More on Monday

Dallas Mavericks guard Jalen Brunson.
Dallas Mavericks guard Jalen Brunson. / Rob Gray-USA TODAY Sports

The BetSided team is all in on player props for this NBA season, sharing our favorite and best prop bet picks each day during the year. 

Best NBA Prop Bets Record to Date

  • NBA Best Prop Bets Record: 104-91-4

Here are the plays our team is eyeing for tonight’s slate with all odds via WynnBET:

Best NBA Prop Bets Today

  • Mikal Bridges OVER 11.5 Points (-125)
  • Jalen Brunson OVER 6.5 Assists (-135)
  • Christian Wood OVER 11.5 Rebounds (-115)
  • DeMar DeRozan OVER 25.5 Points (-110)
  • Nikola Vucevic OVER 17.5 Points (-125)

Mikal Bridges OVER 11.5 Points (-125)

There are several reasons why I love the over on this prop for Mikal Bridges on Monday, but first let's start with the Phoenix Suns aspect. 

Phoenix is going to be without forward Jae Crowder due to the league’s health and safety protocols, which naturally opens up a bigger role for Bridges on offense. He’s already averaging 12.3 points per game this season, but Bridges was even better without Crowder last year. 

During the 2020-21 season, Bridges averaged 15.4 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game in the 12 games that Jae Crowder missed. As long as he gets his season average tonight, he will hit on this prop. 

Now, let’s look at the Memphis side, as the Grizzlies will be without Dillon Brooks on Monday. Memphis is a much worse team defensively when he’s out this season. 

This is lining up for a great spot for Bridges, and I think he easily hits the over against Memphis.  – Peter Dewey

Jalen Brunson OVER 6.5 Assists (-135)

Jalen Brunson has been a high usage player since the Mavericks have been ravaged by injuries and COVID-19 positives and he has been posting some strong stat lines as well. 

This prop has been my point of attack for Brunson, who is averaging just below seven assists per game since Luka Doncic went down. This spot sets up well for him to clear this number despite the premium attached to it, facing the depleted Trail Blazers who have the fourth worst defensive rating in the league. 

I'm expecting Dallas to put together a solid offensive performance and Brunson to be at the center of it, so I'll ride this as the Luka-lite for this team on Monday night. – Reed Wallach

Christian Wood OVER 11.5 Rebounds (-115)

It's a pretty simple strategy. Take the top rebounder to go over his rebounding total when he faces the worst rebounding team in the NBA. That's exactly the situation we have tonight as Christian Wood and the Rockets get set to take on the Charlotte Hornets. The Hornets rank dead last in rebounding rate this season, grabbing only 47.4% of available boards.

Wood hasn't gone over this number in five straight games, but he grabbed 12 rebounds earlier this year when the Rockets faced the Hornets in November. I like him to get back on track in this category tonight, and have a big game on the glass. – Iain MacMillan

DeMar DeRozan OVER 25.5 Points (-110)

DeMar DeRozan is having his second best scoring season of his career and is on a tear. He’s hit the over on this line in six of his last seven games and missed it last game by two points. Lonzo Ball is out, which isn't a huge loss offensively, but it does allow for a few more buckets to be up for grabs. 

DeRozan and Zach LaVine have carried the Bulls’ offense all season long and will continue to do so against the decimated Atlanta Hawks. He’s shooting nearly 50% from the field and I expect him to efficiently clear the line. – Donnavan Smoot

Nikola Vucevic OVER 17.5 Points (-125)

Nikola Vucevic and the Chicago Bulls head to Atlanta to face the short-handed Hawks coming off a road drubbing at Madison Square Garden on Christmas Day. The Hawks after starting off the season as the best home team in the NBA have now lost seven consecutive games at home, and fatigue is starting to set in.

Enter Vucevic, who should own touches in the paint tonight against a Hawks squad that now won't have John Collins available. His offensive rhythm is back after a slow start to the season and he's hit over 50% from 3-point range in two of his last three games as well.

Even on the second leg of a back-to-back, lock in Vooch to get going offensively as the Bulls' inside-outside game will work through him all night. – Ben Heisler