Nets vs Magic Props – Best Player Prop Bets for James Harden Debut With Brooklyn

A mid shot of Orlando Magic Center Nikola Vucevic looking off to the side during a game.

LOS ANGELES, CA – JANUARY 06: Orlando Magic Center Nikola Vucevic (9) looks on during a NBA game between the Orlando Magic and the Los Angeles Clippers on January 6, 2019 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire)
  • The Orlando Magic travel to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York to get it on with the Brooklyn Nets at 6:00 PM EST on Saturday, Jan. 16th
  • James Harden is scheduled to make his highly anticipated debut with the Nets
  • See the best player prop bets for Friday’s game below

Nikola Vucevic and the Orlando Magic will be looking to get back into the win column after dropping four straight. Their season has taken a dramatic turn for the worse due to injuries and Covid-19 complications.

The Brooklyn Nets’ season has been turned upside down as well with the acquisition of three-time scoring champ, James Harden. He is expected his Nets’ debut in this game if the trade is finalized by tipoff.

Orlando had dominated this series winning four straight before Brooklyn took the last meeting 108-96. The Nets are favored by 9.5 points in this matchup and there are plenty of player props to consider.

Since James Harden’s status is still up in the air we can consider props from the Magic’s side of the ball.

Nets vs Magic Player Props and Odds

Player Points Rebounds Assists Three Pointers Made
Nikola Vucevic (Magic) 20.5 ( Ov -122 / Un +100) 10.5 ( Ov -102 / Un -120) 3.5 ( Ov -118 / Un -102) 2.5 ( Ov +144 / Un -186)
Aaron Gordon (Magic) 16.5 ( Ov -110 / Un -110) 7.5 ( Ov +116 / Un -142) 3.5 ( Ov +118 / Un -144) 1.5 ( Ov +112 / Un -142)
Terrence Ross (Magic) 14.5 ( Ov -116 / Un -106) 2.5 ( Ov -130 / Un +106) NA 2.5 ( Ov +118 / Un -150)
Cole Anthony (Magic) 12.5 ( Ov -126 / Un +104) 4.5 ( Ov -108 / Un -112) 3.5 ( Ov -124 / Un +102) 1.5 ( Ov +150 / Un -194)

Odds taken Jan. 16th from FanDuel

Nikola Vucevic Is Underrated

One area of consistency for the Magic the past few seasons has been the play of Nikola Vucevic. He is a great example of a modern-day NBA center that can be successful from anywhere on the floor. He has been posting eye-popping numbers for multiple seasons yet it still feels like he doesn’t get the respect he deserves.

Vucevic has had a high usage rate for a few years now but with the loss of Evan Fournier and Markelle Fultz, it has gone up. He is taking more shots this season than he ever has and his effective field goal rate of .568 is a career best. In a pace up spot such as this one, he could take 24+ shots as he did against Dallas and Milwaukee.

Blowouts are always a concern when teams are short-handed such as the Magic and the score will be a concern tonight. Fortunately, Vucevic has been “blowout” proof in his last four games. The Magic have lost three of their last four games by 20+ points and yet Vucevic is still averaging 23.7 points in 29.5 minutes.

It’s tough to know what the Nets will look like with James Harden on the floor but a position they can be exploited by is the center spot. DeAndre Jordan should play big minutes again tonight and he does not match up well against Vucevic. He is not the type of center that is effective away from the basket and that plays into the hands of Vucevic. If this game stays remotely close, Vucevic could go for 30+ points.

The Pick: Nikola Vucevic Over 20.5 points (-122)

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Nikola Is Not a One-Trick Pony

Vucevic is not just a scorer and contributes in multiple categories. On top of being the top scoring option for Orlando, he is also glass cleaner that averages 10+ rebounds per game. He is far and away the main reason the Magic are sixth in the NBA in opponent rebounding percentage. Vucevic will also throw out a couple assists every night.

Right now at Fanduel, Vucevic is listed at 35.5 points + rebounds + assists which seems low.

In his last four games which were all blowouts, Vucevic is averaging 38.75 points + rebounds + assists. He’s gone over 35.5 in three of the four and has ended with 46 and 47 in two of those games. In tonight’s game against the Nets, we could see the Nets experience growing pains with a new mouth to feed in Harden. If that’s the case and Vucevic can get his full compliment of minutes, he could take out this number in the third quarter.

The Pick: Nikola Vucevic Over 35.5 Pts + Reb + Ast (-113)

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