Today’s NBA Player Prop Picks: Hungry Pelican Gobbles Boards

Jonas Valanciuas will have little resistance against a brick-happy Spurs squad tonight, so we're backing him on the boards with one of our NBA player prop picks for Friday night. Get the scoop for your best bets tonight.

Last Updated: Dec 2, 2022 1:13 PM ET Read Time: 4 min
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We've got a packed day of hoops action on Friday with 11 games on the NBA betting board, which means hundreds of player prop bets to consider.

Today, I'm backing the red-hot Devin Booker, expecting Collin Sexton to rack up assists in a high-scoring shootout, and betting on Jonas Valuncunias to clean up on the glass against a Spurs team in freefall.

Here are my best free NBA player prop picks for December 2.

NBA player props for December 2

Picks made on 12/2/2022 at 12:45 p.m. ET.
Click on each pick to jump to the full analysis.

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Today’s best NBA player props

The odds widgets below represent the best odds currently available for each betting market at regulated sportsbooks.

By the Book

Suns guard Devin Booker has been on fire and he's coming off an incredible performance against the Bulls where he scored 51 points in just 31 minutes while going 20-25 from the floor. That followed up on a 44-point outing on Monday night and was the third time he has dropped more than 40 points in the last two weeks. 

Although the Suns don't have Chris Paul dishing the ball at the moment, Booker has continued scoring at a high clip with the offense running even more through his hands. 

Although Booker's recent level of production is unsustainable, the fact that he has averaged 26.7 field goal attempts per game in his last three contests suggests that he should get plenty of chances to go Over his points total of 29.5 tonight.

This is especially true against a Rockets team that is second-last in the league in defensive rating and has allowed more than 120 points in four of its last five games.

Devin Booker Prop: Over 29.5 points (-104)

Coll of the wild

The Pacers are facing off against the Jazz in Salt Lake City, with the total sitting at a whopping 239. After a red-hot start, the Jazz have lost five of their last six games but they're still filling up the hoop, averaging 115.3 ppg over that span.

Guard Collin Sexton has been particularly productive lately, and although he turned the ball over seven times on Wednesday, his high-usage rate also resulted in 21 points and six assists.

Indiana's fast tempo and subpar defensive play have led to the Pacers surrendering 115.4 ppg. With the O/U on Sexton's assists total set at 5.5, a number he has eclipsed in four of his last five contests, I'm expecting another high-scoring game from Utah and taking the Over. 

Collin Sexton Prop: Over 5.5 assists (+120)

Putting the Val in value

The Spurs have lost nine in a row and host the surging New Orleans Pelicans tonight. Not surprising for a 6-16 team, there are several areas where the Spurs have struggled and one of those has been on the glass, where they rank 26th in rebounding rate. 

They're also 21st in field goal percentage and play at the seventh-fastest pace in the league so there will be plenty of rebounding opportunities for the Pels in this one. 

Jonas Valanciunas leads New Orleans with 9.2 rpg and he should clean up on the boards with Spurs center (and top rebounder) Jakob Poeltl sidelined with a knee injury. With Valanciunas pulling down at least 10 boards in four of his last five games, hammer the Over 8.5 on his rebounds total tonight. 

Jonas Valanciunas Prop: Over 8.5 rebounds (-125)

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