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3 QUICK & EASY Damian Lillard NBA Player Props Tonight | Trail Blazers vs. Lakers 12/31/21

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It is New Year’s Eve, and there is a loaded 10-game NBA slate to help add to the festivities. Among the matchups is a nationally televised showdown between the Portland Trail Blazers and Los Angeles Lakers. Both of these Western Conference teams could certainly stand to pick up a win and enter the new year on a positive note. The revamped Awesemo OddsShopper Tool is the perfect resource to help find the best NBA player props and betting picks for tonight’s 76ers – Nets matchup. Let’s take a look at Awesemo’s must-bet projections for superstar Blazers point guard, Damian Lillard.

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With help from OddsShopper, the following column aims to find optimal odds and discusses some positive ROI prop bets for Lillard in tonight’s matchup.

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With OddsShopper, finding the best NBA betting player props is fast and simple. All users must do is filter the prop selections, sort the page and find the best pick to bet. The process is extremely quick and highly effective. Try out the tool for yourself tonight with the three featured Lillard props below.

Under 8.5 Assists (-149, PointsBet)

Given that Lillard comes into this New Year’s Eve matchup averaging 7.3 assists per game, it was a bit surprising to find the line set at 8.5. It turns out that we are getting a full assist’s worth of value at that number. The OddsShopper Tool shows that the rest of the NBA betting market is much more in line with Lillard’s per game average at 7.5. In eight games since rejoining the Blazers’ lineup after an injury-related absence, Lillard has only eclipsed the deviated total once. He has also been held to five assists or less in three of the last four games coming in.

While bettors do have to lay extra juice on this under at -149 odds, Awesemo still gives this prediction a positive ROI of 10%. The projection of 7.57 assists is nearly one full assist lower than the betting total.

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Under 5.5 Rebounds (-139, BetMGM)

Like the assist prop bet discussed above, Awesemo’s projections once again agree with the juiced side of Lillard’s rebounding prop bet tonight. This time, however, the line is the same across all sportsbooks in the NBA player props market. The betting total of 5.5 rebounds is nearly 1.5 more than the 4.1 boards Lillard has averaged per game on the season to date. Sure, the absence of several teammates means Lillard will have to have an impact on the glass. But Portland has been shorthanded for a little while now. Lillard has only topped the NBA betting total once since rejoining the lineup.

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Awesemo pegs Lillard for 4.94 rebounds tonight and gives this under prediction a 9% ROI. Be sure to check in with OddsShopper for the best price prior to making your wager. The current optimal choice of -139 is up to 11 cents better value than others in the market.

Over 30.5 Points (-112, SugarHouse)

Due to the aforementioned state of the Trail Blazers’ roster, the NBA player props scoring total for Lillard tonight is inflated well beyond his per-game average. While he has not seen a huge uptick in his rebounding, he has embraced the role of being Portland’s only reliable offensive weapon at present. Lillard has exceeded the lofty NBA betting total of 30.5 points in four of the last five games. Awesemo’s projections have his scoring number set at 30.90 points for tonight’s matchup. The fact that the Lakers come in as a bottom-five scoring defense certainly helps matters. This is a fringe prop bet to make in terms of expected ROI, but the slight lean goes to the over.

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