It seems like just a few weeks ago that the Denver Nuggets brought home the NBA title. The defending champs will begin their title defense on Tuesday, October 24 with a nice rematch with the Los Angeles Lakers. Both teams stayed busy in the offseason trying to add key pieces to their respective squads.
Which team has the upper hand? We'd have to lean to the Nuggs in this one. However, for the purposes of this article, let's go over the 5 NBA player prop bets we love for Opening Night.
In his career, Jokic is only averaging 19.0ppg against the Lakers. Last season, through his 1st 4 games of the season, he was averaging just 20.25ppg and exceeded 26.5 only once in those 5 games.
He is likely to be guarded by Anthony Davis most of the game. AD is a defender that can battle inside with Jokic and have the quickness to defend him around the perimeter. He is only being projected to score 22.5 points tomorrow night as per Rotowire.com
Looney is being projected to score 11 points in this contest according to Rotowire. He is going to be playing with a pass 1st point guard for the 1st time in a long time when he is on the floor with Chris Paul.
On every team Paul has played on, he has always caused the team’s big men to have an uptick in points.
Over his last 10 games against the Warriors, Nurkic is averaging 10.8 rebounds per game. Last season, through the 1st 5 games, Nurkic was averaging 14.5 boards per game and exceeded 8 boards in 4 of those 5 games.
He should not have much resistance against the Warriors with Looney typically playing limited minutes and Draymond being out with an ankle injury.
It took Reeves 14 games before he posted a game with more than 4 assists. He finished the season averaging just 3.4 assists per game.
With a healthy AD and Lebron, Reeves is likely to not see the ball too much unless it is in a scoring position.
Lebron is entering his 21st season in the league. We are taking the lowest side possible for all his stat lines here and parlaying them to give us a good price on what should be an extremely attainable number on each one.
He finished last season averaging 28.9/6.8/8.3. We like him to get close to a triple double in the season opener.