Best NBA Betting Picks and Player Props for Thursday, January 9

The NBA season continues with four games on Thursday, January 9. For this Thursday slate, SharpSide has two NBA player props we find value on and a moneyline bet.

Russell Westbrook of the Houston Rockets (photo credit: USA TODAY Sports)

Russell Westbrook, PG, Houston Rockets

– Over 7.5 Rebounds (-143)

Russell Westbrook gets to play his first game back in Oklahoma City on the second night of a back-to-back after he rested on the first night. This is a dream spot for Westbrook in what is a revenge game, but let’s be real, Westbrook didn’t want out of Oklahoma City. He only wanted out because Paul George left and the Thunder were left with a team that couldn’t contend. Westbrook gave everything to that city, and I expect it to be more of a celebration than fans booing him all game long.

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I took the over on 7.5 rebounds for Westbrook because I feel like this line is too low for the given situation. Westbrook averages 7.9 rebounds on the season and this is on the second night of a back-to-back. You can expect guys like PJ Tucker, Clint Capela, and James Harden to have some more tired legs and just let Westbrook grab that extra rebound. We all know Steven Adams used to give Westbrook rebounds so maybe he will be feeling generous once again tonight!

In all seriousness, I think this is just a perfect storm for Westbrook to erupt for a big game and I want to be on the over on 7.5 rebounds and would even take this number at 8.5.

Tony Snell, SG, Detroit Pistons

– Under 8.5 Points (+106)

Anytime you can write up a Tony Snell under it feels like a good idea. Snell is one of the kings of standing in the corner and doing nothing on the court. He has been a little more active this year, but his lines have over-adjusted, in my opinion, and that’s why we are taking the under on 8.5 points.

Now, I know what you’re thinking, didn’t Snell just play Cleveland and put up 18 points? Yes, that is correct, Snell shot 7-for-10 from the field the other day but that doesn’t mean that will just happen again. Snell is currently shooting 57% from the field and that’s 17% above his season average. The math says this number should decrease and this is one of the higher lines I have seen on Snell. Typically, you can see his line at 7.5 points, and I think it over-adjusted by one point because of the recent game against the Cavaliers.

We get a little bit of value here and I got it at positive juice, which I love.

Minnesota Timberwolves ML (+116)

We are taking an underdog with the Minnesota Timberwolves on Thursday, who go against a bad Portland Trail Blazers team. I have talked all year long about how bad Portland is. I don’t think they are a team built to win games and they are better for just stuffing stats. No one will argue that Carmelo Anthony has helped give that team a boost, but I don’t think they are ultimately a contenting team.

Hassan Whiteside got an in-day downgrade and is listed as uncertain for this game, while Karl-Anthony Towns is a game-time decision. Minnesota has been playing better and starting to hit a groove with some of their guys. The addition of Towns would instantly give us great closing line value, but even if Towns doesn’t play, I think this Timberwolves team has hit a nice groove. I’m going to bet on this young home underdog against an overrated team full of stat-stuffing stars that don’t play great defense.

I’ll take Minnesota on the moneyline at +116 and leave the points on the table.

NBA Record: 50-46 (+2.70 units)

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