Spreads, moneylines and over/unders get a lot of action at NBA betting sites online.
NBA player props have a much wider range of options and can be a fun alternative. If you play fantasy basketball, you’re likely already in tune with player stats on a game-by-game basis.
If Massachusetts legalizes sports betting and you want to take advantage of that fantasy sports insight and jump over into NBA props, here’s how.
Today’s NBA player props
See below for today’s NBA player props (when MA sportsbooks are online). Enter a player’s name to see available prop odds. If available, click on any odds to go directly to that sportsbook to create an account and place a bet.
Where to bet on NBA player props online
When examining NBA player props, you’ll want to find a sportsbook that offers an array of wagers, reasonable odds, and a straightforward layout that is easy to follow and navigate. Here are some potential MA online betting sites that make the cut with a solid selection of the best NBA player props:
One of the best sportsbooks on the market is Massachusetts-based DraftKings. What makes the DraftKings Massachusetts Sportsbook app stand out is the assortment of player prop options, with hundreds of specific offensive and defensive prop bets.
While DraftKings offers all the standard live prop bets such as over/unders on points, rebounds, assists and number of 3-pointers, it stands out with an offering of even more specific statistical bets and combos. Some additional bets you can find include the following props on player statistics:
- Double-double odds
- Triple-double odds
With all the different props, you can make hundreds of combination bets (i.e., assists plus point, steals plus blocks), leaving no shortage of prop betting options. Player props are also easy to find on DraftKings. You’ll see them at the top of the screen just to the right of the “Game Lines” tab.
FanDuel is another highly reputable sportsbook with excellent NBA player prop betting options. While it doesn’t have quite as many props as DraftKings, it does have some other outstanding features.
One enjoyable aspect is its same-game parlays. These can be a fun way to select a couple of your favorite player props within a game and build your own parlay.
FanDuel Sportsbook Massachusetts also offers alternate lines that allow you to manipulate the over/under of a given player prop to either be more in your favor or offer a larger potential payout. For instance, you might be able to set the line for total points by a player at any of the following numbers, with odds that change depending on your pick:
- 10-plus points
- 15-plus points
- 20-plus points
- 25-plus points
With no shortage of parlays and flexible lines, FanDuel allows you to get creative with player prop bets.
BetMGM is another excellent option for NBA player props, with some similar offerings to FanDuel and DraftKings. The interface is easy to navigate, but finding the props is less obvious. You need to click the “all wagers” tab for a given matchup, and the tab for player props will then appear on the top right.
A great feature of BetMGM Online Sportsbook in Massachusetts is that it is easy to design a player prop combo bet for a specific athlete. The book doesn’t have quite as many props as DraftKings, but it does have all the major statistics like points, assists and rebounds with some fun combo options:
- Points plus assists
- Points plus rebounds
- Assists plus rebounds
- Steals plus blocks
Caesars Sportsbook Massachusetts is yet another major industry player and trusted name with some solid betting options. Although it does not have quite as extensive an array of NBA player props as some of its competitors, it offers solid odds on many props.
One nice aspect of Caesars is the potential for boosted odds, which, along with more traditional game line and parlay bets, allows you to get more favorable odds on specific player props. Boosted odds will appear prominently in the menu tab.
Some fun player prop boosts include point totals for an individual player as well as parlays for several players. Not only is this function easy and intuitive, but it also allows you to make some fun and creative bets at more favorable odds.
Best NBA player props
In many states, with Massachusetts potentially joining that number, placing a bet online has never been easier. There are plenty of fun and creative ways to bet on NBA players. Examples of popular NBA props:
- Point totals (i.e., Jayson Tatum to score more than 15.5 points)
- Double-double odds
- Triple-double odds
- Combo bets (points plus assist, points plus rebounds, etc.)
Popular season-long NBA player props
In addition to the plethora of NBA prop odds for individual games, there are also some options to bet on season-long NBA props and awards. Depending on the sportsbook, you’ll likely find these bets under the futures tab since many cross over into that realm. Here are some of the potential betting options — again, depending on the sportsbook:
- Regular season MVP
- Rookie of the Year
- Most Improved Player
- Defensive Player of the Year
- Sixth Man of the Year
- Coach of the Year
- Points leader
- Assists leader
- Rebounds leader
The odds on these bets will change throughout the course of the season and warrant close monitoring. If you like an individual player to win a specific award or carry a statistical category, then it is worth checking in frequently to see where the odds are at.
NBA player props to avoid
With such a wide variety of betting options, some bets are inevitably less predictable than others. One increasingly popular bet is wagering on which player will score the first basket in the game, where you can bet on any player to score the first points of the night. While this can be a fun bet to place a small wager on, it is generally unpredictable and unlikely to be reliable on a night-to-night basis. It is best to avoid this unless you put a few dollars down for fun.
Barring a particularly favorable matchup, betting on individual steals and blocks on a nightly basis is also a tough bet to hit, given the sporadic nature of these statistics. Unless a player specializes in these stats or an opponent is particularly mistake-prone, you are probably better off leaving these bets alone.
NBA Finals & offseason player props
The NBA Finals provide a slew of player prop bets for individual games and series totals.
Crossover betting is popular during the Super Bowl and possible during the NBA Finals. Crossovers allow you to bet on standard statistical over/unders with a fun twist by combining totals with other sports. For example, over/under 3.5 Marcus Smart free throws plus Aaron Judge hits.
When it comes to NBA props, bets are not confined to the regular season. Depending on where you are, for instance, you might be able to bet on the NBA draft.
It is worth noting that not every sportsbook will offer all or sometimes any of these odds, and they may be up only for a limited amount of time.
NBA draft player props
The NBA draft is the biggest event of the offseason. Therefore, it makes sense that you might find some bets on it. Note, however, that not all states allow you to bet on the NBA draft, even states where sports betting is legal. So even if Massachusetts allows wagering on sports, we’ll have to wait for the full state regulations to see whether draft betting is available there.
In the meantime, here are some of the most popular draft day bets in states where you can place them:
- First overall pick.
- Player to be selected in the top five (yes or no).
- Player to go in the top 10 (yes or no).
- Player to go in the first round.
- Exact draft position for a specific player.
- The precise order of the draft (top three, top five).
- Conference with the most drafted players.
- School with the most drafted players.
When considering sportsbooks with the best draft day promotions, consider some risk-free options or heavily boosted odds from books like FanDuel and DraftKings. When you sign up, these books frequently allow you a chance to turn bets of anywhere from $1 to $5 into over $100.
Sportsbook rules for player props
Every sportsbook has its own rules concerning player props. For instance, for an NBA player prop to be valid on FanDuel, a player must take the court at some point during the game.
Some books may allow payouts/refunds for postgame stat adjustments or injuries, whereas some do not. It’s also important to consider if a prop bet is for regulation only or if overtime counts as well.
While there are many ways to bet on NBA players online, sportsbooks can have different rules, so it is worth reading the fine print. Check the full rundown of rules for NBA betting at online sportsbooks.