Best NBA Prop Bets Today: Fade Deandre Ayton, Trust Joel Embiid on Thursday

Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton.
Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton. / Cary Edmondson-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: 89-82-3

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

Best NBA Prop Bets Today

  • Cade Cunningham OVER 2.5 3-Pointers Made (+104)
  • Deandre Ayton UNDER 19.5 Points (-115)
  • Joel Embiid to Get a Double-Double (+135)
  • Domantas Sabonis OVER 12.5 Rebounds (-105)

Cade Cunningham OVER 2.5 3-Pointers Made (+104)

This prop for Cunningham really just comes down to his usage, as the rookie guard has taken five or more 3-pointers in all but two of his games this season. 

The more shots Cunningham launches from deep, the better, as he is facing an Indiana Pacers team that is middle of the pack in terms of opponent 3-point percentage at 35.0 percent. 

Cunningham has gone over this number in five of his last seven games and knocked down five 3-balls in the Detroit Pistons’ loss to the Nets. – Peter Dewey

Deandre Ayton UNDER 19.5 Points (-115)

This line for Ayton is a bit inflated. He scored 28 points after missing two games, but he is not a scoring big man. Ayton has missed this line in five of the last eight games he’s played in. 

He’s played against the Wizards five times in his career and is averaging 17.2 points per game. The Wizards play at one of the slowest paces in the game. If they can keep the game from being a track meet, Ayton can be contained. – Donnavan Smoot

Joel Embiid to Get a Double-Double (+135)

I covered the prop bet plays between Embiid and Durant earlier today over at BetSided, but I think Embiid is sitting pretty on a number he should hit fairly easily.

Even though the second game of a back-to-back is the ideal time to fade Embiid, the Nets don't have anyone to match up with him inside with LaMarcus Aldridge, Paul Millsap and James Johnson all out. I don't see Nicolas Claxton or Day'Ron Sharpe slowing down Embiid in the paint.

Embiid's listed rebounding prop is listed at 11.5, but all we need is for him to get to 10, and the double-digit scoring will almost assuredly follow. -- Ben Heisler

Domantas Sabonis OVER 12.5 Rebounds (-105)

This is admittedly a high total but I can't stay off of it. The Pistons are the worst rebounding team in the league and the Pacers are sixth in that metric. Sabonis has grabbed double digits boards in his last 13 games, averaging 11.9 on the year. Yes, this is a bit above his averages but the consistency and the spot are driving me to this cheap over. – Reed Wallach