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Punters have a six-game NBA slate available to them on Saturday night. It’s nice that the league is scheduling a decent number of games daily compared to the massive swings in volume we dealt with last week! Tonight’s card also includes the return of NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC. Needless to say, there are a number of intriguing accessories for NBA players to consider in all six games tonight.

Basketball Insiders takes a look at the best NBA player gear and free picks for the January 29 NBA betting list. Odds for selections can be found at BetOnline Sportsbook.

Best NBA Player Accessories and Free Picks for Tonight, 1/29

Caris LeVert Over 4.5 Assists (-114)

Indiana Pacers guard Caris LeVert put in a pretty tough offensive performance last night against Oklahoma City. He scored just 10 points on an abysmal 3-for-19 shot while playing more than 40 minutes in the Pacers’ overtime win. LeVert also finished below his season average of 4.2 assists in the contest, dishing out just three. That low total was somewhat surprising given that he is operating as the team’s primary ball handler and point guard with Malcolm Brogdon sidelined.

Before last night’s dark performance, LeVert had posted at least four assists in five of his last six games played. The only time he didn’t was in the one game Brogdon was back in the lineup. It’s clear that his advantage as a playmaker and dealer increases when Brogdon is out of the lineup. This will be the case again tonight, as we’re still within the ten-day window that Indiana initially marked as the shutdown period for Brogdon after he aggravated his Achilles tendon injury while making his initial return. Look for LeVert to bounce back across the board after his ugly performance yesterday.

Kyle Kuzma less than 8.5 rebounds (-122)

One of the most impressive parts of Kyle Kuzma’s strong first season with the Washington Wizards has been his consistent impact in the cup. Entering Saturday, Kuzma is averaging 8.9 rebounds per game. A full dozen rebounds Tuesday marked the sixth time in his last nine games played that Kuzma finished with double-digit boards.

Unfortunately, rebounding seems to be a little more difficult for Kuzma and his Wizards teammates in tonight’s game against the Memphis Grizzlies. The Grizz enter the day with the best rebound rate (52.8) in the NBA. Memphis is easily the best team in this metric that Washington has faced in a long time. Over the last seven games, the next best opponents in terms of rebound rate were the Brooklyn Nets (T-11) and the Boston Celtics (T-9). Kuzma finished with just six and seven boards in those two games, respectively. Back him up so he doesn’t hit his per-game average and NBA player endorsements tonight.

Pascal Siakam less than 20.5 points (-123)

The current NBA players’ prop total of 20.5 points is exactly half a point short of the 21.0 Pascal Siakam has averaged this season. After scoring at least 20 points in eight of nine games, the Toronto Raptors big man is coming off an ugly 3-for-12 shooting performance Wednesday night. The 12 points he scored in that game was easily his lowest total in a long time. While Siakam’s low scoring on Wednesday can largely be attributed to poor shooting, the opponent in tonight’s game could force him into similar problems.

The Miami Heat are one of the best defensive teams in the NBA. They rank sixth in defensive efficiency, allowing just 105.4 points per 100 possessions. Miami also has the third-slowest pace factor ranking of any team. Ultimately, Siakam and his Raptors teammates face a double whammy when it comes to topping their NBA scoring totals tonight. Given the minimal discrepancy between Siakam’s betting line and average per game, it makes a lot of sense to play under. If ever there was a matchup where he wouldn’t match his scoring average, this would be it.


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