The NBA is back in action tonight with a packed schedule of eight games. Two of the most exciting matchups will be broadcasted on ESPN, featuring the Boston Celtics versus the Philadelphia 76ers and the Sacramento Kings against the Los Angeles Lakers. As avid basketball fans gear up for these games, we've compiled a list of four best bets for NBA player props that bettors should consider.
In the Celtics versus 76ers game, our attention turns to Jayson Tatum and Joel Embiid. Tatum struggled in the first meeting between these teams this season, scoring only 16 points on 6-for-14 shooting. The Sixers' defense, led by Nicolas Batum and Robert Covington, made it difficult for Tatum to find his rhythm and get to the paint. Embiid's formidable wingspan further disrupted Tatum's offensive flow. While Tatum is expected to perform slightly better this time, it's unlikely he'll surpass his previous 16-point performance.
On the other hand, Embiid has been consistently delivering strong performances for the Sixers. He has recorded five or more assists in all but three of the team's ten games this season. With a more refined passing game and talented shooters surrounding him, Embiid has been able to find open teammates when facing double teams. Additionally, the Celtics' defense might struggle to contain Embiid, especially if they are without their starting center, Kristaps Porzingis.
In the Kings versus Lakers game, all eyes will be on LeBron James and De'Aaron Fox. James has excelled when attacking the rim this season, and he faces a Kings team that ranks poorly in points allowed in the paint. His previous high-scoring performances have come against teams with subpar rim protection, and he torched the Kings for 27 points in their last matchup. With Anthony Davis back in the lineup, James will have more opportunities to shine.
On the Kings' side, Fox has been a scoring machine in the limited games he has played this season. He has scored 28 points or more in three out of four games, including a remarkable 37-point performance against the Lakers earlier this season. Although the Lakers now have Davis in their lineup, Fox's ability to navigate their defense one-on-one gives him the freedom to wreak havoc on the court.
As we await tonight's NBA action, it's clear that there are plenty of intriguing player prop bets to consider. Whether it's Tatum and Embiid's performances in the Celtics versus 76ers game or James and Fox's scoring prowess in the Kings versus Lakers matchup, these are the players to watch out for tonight. The NBA continues to provide thrilling entertainment for fans and betting opportunities for enthusiasts.
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