Best NBA prop bets today for Pelicans vs. Lakers (LeBron among three Lakers to bet)

Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) reacts with forward LeBron James. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) reacts with forward LeBron James. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports /
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Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James is back in the lineup on Wednesday night against the New Orleans Pelicans, and that has opened up some value in the prop market in this game.

The Pels are struggling and down a key scorer in Zion Williamson. Plus, guard C.J. McCollum is listed as questionable for this game.

With injuries plaguing the Pels, there are three Lakers I love for some player props on Wednesday night:

Pelicans vs. Lakers best NBA prop bets today

  • LeBron James OVER 7.5 Rebounds
  • Anthony Davis OVER 11.5 Rebounds
  • D’Angelo Russell UNDER 15.5 Points

LeBron James OVER 7.5 Rebounds

Want a crazy stat?

LeBron has grabbed at least seven boards in 19 straight games, pushing his season average to 8.5 rebounds per game entering tonight’s contest.

Yes, James is dealing with a foot injury, but his floor for this prop has been falling one short, so I’m enamored with a chance to take his OVER with this line set at 7.5.

LeBron is averaging 9.1 rebounds per game since the start of the new year, so this is a little value since he’s missed a few games in a row.

Anthony Davis OVER 11.5 Rebounds

Anthony Davis is getting back to his form from before his foot injury, grabbing 20, 16, 16, eight, 14 and 14 rebounds over his last six games.

Davis is averaging 12.4 rebounds per game on the season, and even though the Pelicans are one of the best rebounding teams in the NBA (sixth in rebounding percentage), I like the OVER for AD here.

The Lakers are No. 2 in the NBA in pace, which usually leads to a lot of extra possessions on both sides. That should help Davis clear this rebound prop on Wednesday night.

D’Angelo Russell UNDER 15.5 Points

The Lakers have a lot of options in their guard rotation, and now I expect to see Russell play a little more off the ball in his first game with James in the lineup.

D’Lo has scored 15 and 16 points in his first two games back in Los Angeles, shooting 13-for-28 from the field. The Lakers will take that efficiency, but I wouldn’t be shocked to see his volume drop a bit with LeBron on the floor.

With Lonnie Walker IV, Dennis Schroder, Austin Reaves and Malik Beasley all vying for shots at the guard position, the UNDER is the safer play for Russell against the Pelicans.

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