Our top NBA player props for Tuesday night’s six-game slate feature a pair of young, up-and-coming players. Josh Giddey is helping lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to the postseason. Meanwhile, James Wiseman is emerging as a key piece for the rebuilding Detroit Pistons.
NBA Player Prop Picks for Tuesday, March 21
Josh Giddey Over 5.5 Assists
Don’t look now, but the Thunder are 7-3 in March and climbing the Western Conference standings. Much of the credit lands on the shoulders of Giddey, who is averaging 8.1 assists over his last 10. His 118 offensive rating over that span is the best of his career, so he’s in good form.
Giddey “only” recorded six-plus assists six times over the aforementioned 10-game span, but we’re considering the prolific nature with which he can rack up dimes. He has four double-digit assist performances since the calendar flipped to March, including a 17-assist triple-double against Golden State.
James Wiseman Over 1.5 Blocks + Steals
We’ll concede that this play is a little bit aggressive, so adjust accordingly if you prefer more conservative wagers. Wiseman has yet to establish himself as a prolific producer in these defensive categories, but the ability is present.
Wiseman is an athletic 7-footer blocking 1.1 shots over his last seven games – a span in which he’s averaging 29.3 minutes. His playing time continues to increase with two of his last three games eclipsing the 30-minute marker. The Hawks attempt the most two-point field goals in the league and surrender the eighth most blocked shots, so we like the plus-money odds in this spot.
James Wiseman Under 25.5 Points + Rebounds
We love what Wiseman is doing of late, but we’re not quite ready to side on this big of a performance. He’s certainly capable, but he still needs to earn our trust from a consistency standpoint.
The Pistons are on the road as double-digit underdogs. We’re not only cognizant of this young Pistons team hitting the road, but we recognize the blowout risk as well. The arrow is pointing up for the former No. 2 overall pick, but we’re tempering our expectations for him in this department.
C.J. McCollum Over 5.5 Points In 1st Quarter
The Pelicans are on the outside looking in. They reside one half-game behind the Utah Jazz for the Western Conference’s 10th and final postseason spot. They need every win they can muster if they plan on making it into the play-in tournament.
It’s reasonable to assume a degree of urgency throughout the Pelicans’ organization, and tonight’s game against the defense-averse San Antonio Spurs is a must-win. Look for New Orleans to jump out early at home, partially on the strength of McCollum, who can now operate as the 1B to Brandon Ingram.
Note: Odds and lines for our NBA player prop picks are subject to change prior to tonight’s tip-offs. Be sure to consult the best NBA betting sites for the most up-to-date numbers.