Opening night for the 2021-22 NBA season includes a showdown between the Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Lakers.
Here are three of the best prop bets for this regular season game, courtesy of FanDuel Sportsbook.
Warriors vs Lakers Player Props Picks - 10/19/2021
1. Anthony Davis - Rebounds: Over 8.5 (-102)
Anthony Davis averaged a career-low 7.9 rebounds per game last year, but he was also bothered by lower-body injuries all season. Now fully healthy, Davis is in position for a huge night on the glass against the Warriors. Golden State surrendered the third-most rebounds per game (55.3) to opponents last year, and they made no improvements to their lackluster frontcourt this offseason. They'll also begin the year without starting 7-foot center James Wiseman, and the 6-foot-9 Kevon Looney will take his place alongside the 6-foot-6 Draymond Green. Davis should have a serious advantage against an undersized frontcourt on Tuesday.
2. Jordan Poole - Points: Over 18.5 (-116)
Jordan Poole stepped up for the Warriors with Klay Thompson sidelined last year, putting up a career-high 12.0 points per game on 35.1% from 3-point range and 88.2% from the free throw line. Poole looks ready to truly break out in Year 3 after averaging 21.8 points on 50.6% shooting from the field during preseason. His ability to light it up in a hurry (only 22.7 minutes per game this preseason) will be leaned upon by a Warriors offense down Thompson to start the year.
3. LeBron James - Points: Under 24.5 (-118)
This is an ambitious points total here for The King. The Lakers spent the offseason filling out the supporting cast around LeBron James and co. with better players to help take the load off. Former MVP Russell Westbrook is more than capable of shouldering some of the scoring burden. LA was also able to land solid role players for cheap like Kendrick Nunn, Malik Monk and Carmelo Anthony, all of whom can focus on scoring while James, Westbrook and Rajon Rondo facilitate. James won't need to do everything for this Laker offense to succeed, which could cut into his nightly scoring output.
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