This is the last week of the NBA regular season, and many teams are still vying for playoff seeding. The Eastern Conference playoff picture is a little more stable, but the Nos. 8-12 seeds are separated by three games in the Western Conference. However, a few of the top seeds in the East could switch depending on how the season plays out. With so much on the line in the last few games, you can expect some of the best basketball of the season to wrap up this week.
We put together some of the best NBA player prop bets for what’s expected to be the most entertaining games on Wednesday, April 5. These props and more are available at all of the best online sports betting apps. Check below for insight into tonight’s prime matchups.
Best NBA Player Prop Bets for April 5
Memphis Grizzlies vs. New Orleans Pelicans, 8 p.m. ET
The Grizzlies still have a slight chance of stealing the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference from the Denver Nuggets, who just dropped a game to the Houston Rockets last night. The Pelicans are sitting in the No. 8 spot and are fighting to preserve their playoff positioning. They could still miss the play-in tournament depending on how they finish the season.
Brandon Ingram Points, Rebounds, and Assists Under 41 (-115 on DraftKings)
Brandon Ingram has put the Pelicans on his back to keep their playoff hopes alive. His February and March performances were lights out as he averaged 28 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists in February; and 27-5-7 in March. However, the Grizzlies are a divisional foe and have a lot to play for themselves. In Ingram’s two matchups with the Grizzlies earlier this season, he was held well below his performance output the last two months.
Although there were fewer shots to go around due to Zion Williamson playing at the time and Ingram’s injury the second time, the Grizzlies’ size and agility on the perimeter give Ingram problems. He will be the focal point of the Grizzlies’ defense tonight, which has definitely gotten back on track since their mid-season skid. Either Ingram gets his numbers and the team struggles, or he takes a step back and the team shines. Either way, it’s going to be difficult for him to fill the stat sheet in the way he would need to cover this bet.
Sacramento Kings vs. Dallas Mavericks, 8:30 p.m. ET
The Mavericks are currently on the outside of the play-in tournament. They are half a game behind the Oklahoma City Thunder and desperately need this win.
Domantas Sabonis Over 12 Rebounds (+110 on DraftKings)
Sabonis has quietly had one of the best seasons any big man has had in a long time, averaging 19 points, 12 rebounds, and 7 assists on 61% shooting from the field. However, he hasn’t had more than 12 rebounds in about two weeks. With the Mavs up next, this is a great chance for him to break the streak. The Mavs are one of the worst rebounding teams in the league by multiple measures, including offensive rebounds allowed.
That creates additional opportunities for Sabonis, who has shown he is capable of having big rebounding games. At one point in March, he had three consecutive games of a minimum of 17 rebounds, including a 21-rebound performance. Additionally, the Mavs’ big men are both single-digit rebounders. That all bodes well for Sabonis in this matchup.
Los Angeles Lakers vs. Los Angeles Clippers, 10 p.m. ET (ESPN)
Both teams are currently 41-38, but the Clippers hold the tiebreaker. The seventh seed could match up with the Suns in the first round, which isn’t ideal for either team, so expect both to bring their A-games.
Russell Westbrook’s Rebounds and Assists Total Over 13 (+104 on FanDuel)
Russell Westbrook takes every matchup personally, and that’s especially true for his former team the Los Angeles Lakers, who he was traded from earlier this season. With that said, you can expect him to be in full attack mode. In his last four games, he has had double-digit assists and at least three rebounds. Additionally, Anthony Davis logged big minutes in last night’s overtime victory against the Utah Jazz.
The Lakers have been cautious with Davis in back-to-backs given his injury history. No decision about his availability has been made just yet, but if he doesn’t play, that opens up the lane for Westbrook to get even more rebounds. If he does play, Westbrook may still be inclined to attack knowing Davis is on a tight leash in the matchup.
Article contributed by David Fletcher