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Dejounte Murray and LeBron James among Monday’s best games (January 17)

This Martin Luther King day is filled with great basketball games. This accessories article will feature the five games that are later today. There are three accessories that really caught my eye on the night games list. Let’s dive!

We’ll be using the Action Labs Player Prop tool to compare our NBA projections to published props on a variety of sportsbooks. Below I’ve outlined three bets on the props I play, the case for each bet, and the best books for finding odds on these player props.

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Franz Wagner, less than 16.5 points (+100)

Magic vs. Trail Blazers Trail Blazers -2
Time | TV 7 p.m. ET | NBA League Pass
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The only team in the league that hasn’t had double-digit wins yet is the Orlando Magic. They have a chance tonight as they are just two-point underdogs at home to the Trail Blazers. However, CJ McCollum is back.

This game could be quite entertaining as both teams get a bit more health. The Magic fired rookie Jalen Suggs in the mix with Cole Anthony and Mo Bamba. There are more mouths to feed on this team, which is why I’m taking an under prop for rookie Franz Wagner.

Our model absolutely loves every Wagner under accessories today. This one is a little risky because the Trail Blazers are putrid defensively. They rank dead last in the defensive rating and have allowed opponents to shoot a league-high 47.9% from the field and 37.8% from behind the arc. Maybe McCollum’s return can help their defense a bit, but honestly, I doubt it.

Wagner has really stepped back with Anthony and Suggs in the lineup this season — especially Suggs, who leads the Magic in usage. In 23 games with Suggs in the lineup, Wagner averaged 13 points and 11.9 field goal attempts per game.

Wagner has only managed once in the last six games. Getting this at an equal price is fantastic value. He only attempted six field goals in their last game despite playing 27 minutes. I would even take that prop to 15.5 points.

Dejounte Murray, more than 7.5 assists (-115)

Spurs v Suns Suns -4.5
Time | TV 8:30 p.m. ET | NBA League Pass
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Spurs have lost nine of their last 11 games, but at least they have found their point guard of the future. That would be Dejounte Murray. He leads Spurs in points, assists, steals and is second to Jakob Poeltl in rebounds.

In his fifth season with the Spurs, Murray has blossomed. He’s averaging a career-high in nearly every stat, including 19.1 points, 8.3 rebounds and 8.9 assists per game. Murray also competes at a high defensive pace, where he leads the league in steals with 2.1 per game. He’s become an incredible two-way player for Spurs this season.

This game against the Suns presents a tough situation for Murray, as they rank second in the league in defensive rating and fifth in points allowed at 104.5 per game. However, where Murray and the Spurs can benefit is in transition. The Spurs rank fourth in transition while the Suns rank sixth.

This game has the second highest total on the slate with 227 points. The Suns are allowing 17.8 points in transition and Murray should thrive in that high-paced atmosphere. Assists will be easy to come by as long as Spurs stay close.

Our model has this Murray prop as the best line on the board and I totally agree. He is projected for 9.4 assists tonight. Murray has had over 7.5 assists in 12 of his last 13 games. This over-accessory reaches an incredible rate of 92.3%. I would be happy to wear this prop up to 8.5 assists.

LeBron James, more than 29.5 points (-110)

Lakers vs. Jazz Jazz-4.5
Time | TV 10:30 p.m. ET | NBA Television
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The Lakers have lost three straight as they host one of the best teams in the Western Conference in Los Angeles. They are coming off a 133-96 loss to the Nuggets where they were eliminated early. The Lakers are the underdogs at home, with that game total being the highest on the slate at 230.5 points.

This LeBron James prop has been hugely popular lately due to his quality of play. The missed performance last game was only the second time in the last 13 games that James hasn’t scored 31 or more points. . Over that 13-game streak, James is averaging 33.5 points while shooting 54.2 percent from the field.

Not only has James been playing lately, but he’s playing monster minutes, which was needed with Anthony Davis out of line-up. James is tied for third in the entire league in minutes at 36.7 per game. Those many minutes give James plenty of opportunities to hit that points prop, especially in a tight game.

James has averaged 28.9 points per game this season, which ranks second in the league behind Kevin Durant. The last time James averaged this many points was when he was with the Cavaliers in the 2009-10 season. The minutes played by James are also the most played since joining the Lakers.

The Jazz presents a tough game with Rudy Gobert back from COVID protocols. They rank 12th this season in defensive ratings and have allowed their opponents to score just 107.5 points per game. James is confrontation proof and we all know it. I would wear this accessory up to 30.5 points tonight.

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