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NBA Best Bets: Basketball Predictions to Consider on DraftKings Sportsbook for September 10

Julian Edlow gives his best bets on DraftKings Sportsbook for Thursday’s NBA betting card.

Los Angeles Lakers v Houston Rockets - Game Three Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

The NBA playoff grind continues, and we’re starting to see the field shrink with teams getting sent home. With just one game on Thursday, here’s what jumps out to me on DraftKings Sportsbook.

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Los Angeles Lakers vs. Houston Rockets

Los Angeles Lakers vs. Houston Rockets: LAL -5 (-110)

This isn’t one of the strongest betting spots of the postseason, but I do lean to the Lakers being able to continue their strong play in Game 4. After an embarrassing loss in Game 1, they’ve come out and covered consecutive games, and Rajon Rondo has been the key. Game 1 was Rondo’s first game back since March. He looked rusty, shooting 3-for-9 in 25 minutes, scoring just eight points with four assists. Rondo’s played much better the last two games, which has led to eight and 10-point victories for the Lakers. The Danuel House situation also has to be somewhat of a distraction for the Rockets. He averaged 24 minutes in the first two games of the series, and there’s obviously a lot of noise surrounding his status (you can just look that one up if you don’t know what’s going on).


Los Angeles Lakers vs. Houston Rockets

Rajon Rondo Points, Rebounds & Assists: OVER 20.5 (+110)

I hyped up Rondo’s impact on the series as a reason to back the Lakers, but I actually like focusing on Rondo’s props even more. Let’s say he was knocking the rust off in Game 1. Since then, he’s posted a 10-9-3 line (22) in 29 minutes, and a 21-9-2 line (32) in 30 minutes. Getting plus money on the over for his three-way combo here feels like great value. Over 6.5 assists (-139) is also a pretty good play, but the scoring could really factor in here. Like you saw last game, he hit the over for this prop on points alone.


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Los Angeles Lakers vs. Houston Rockets

P.J. Tucker Rebounds: OVER 6.5 (-134)

Tucker disappeared in 38 minutes on both ends of the floor in Game 3, attempting just three shots and pulling down four boards. Prior to that, he had at least nine rebounds in four-straight games, and had gone over this number in six of seven contests. House’s likely absence opens up a few more minutes for most of Houston’s usuals, rather than trying to go deeper into the bench. I think we see Tucker get his scrap back in this game, which starts with hustle plays and cleaning up the glass.


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