Last Updated Nov 09, 2022, 12:14 PM

NBA Player Prop Picks for Friday, November 4

NBA expert Michael Crosson is back to give out his top player prop picks for Friday, November 4th. Check out his predictions below, along with other VI Expert Picks!

Friday's NBA Player Prop Picks

  • Desmond Bane (MEM) Over 4.5 Rebounds (+110)
  • LeBron James (LAL) Over 7.5 Assists (-115)
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo (MIL) Over 12.5 Rebounds (+102)

Desmond Bane (MEM) Over 4.5 Rebounds

Desmond Bane stumbled out to a surprisingly slow start after scoring 21+ PTS in six of the Grizzlies’ 12 playoff matchups last year, as Bane averaged just 14.7 PPG on 27 FG% across his first three games of the season, while knocking down just 8-of-28 three-point attempts in those contests (29% 3FG).

However, he’s been scorching hot since that opening three-game stretch, as Bane enters Friday’s contest versus Charlotte having scored 29+ PTS in four straight outings (32.5 PPG), while shooting 55 FG% on 19.5 FGA across that window.

So, Bane ‘s scoring props are certainly intriguing, but I’m actually going to redirect towards the rebounding department here, as Bane has now grabbed 5+ rebounds in five-of-seven outings to start the season (4.6 REB), which is a considerable uptick from the 3.8 REB he averaged last year. But I think we’ll see that trend continue against a Hornets squad that’s been playing at the seventh-fastest pace in the league (101.5 PACE).

LeBron James (LAL) Over 7.5 Assists

The Lakers are off to an incredibly frustrating 2-5 start to the season, and LeBron James hasn’t exactly been playing great (25 PPG, 43% FG). However, he’s still capable of stuffing the stat sheet on a nightly basis, especially from a passing perspective, as LeBron enters Friday’s contest against Utah having tallied 8+ assists in five-of-seven contest to open the year, while still averaging a modest 5.5 AST in his two performances that fell short of that number.

I’ll back King James to keep it going in the passing department here, as LeBron hasn’t shot the ball well to open the season, but that certainly isn’t going to prevent him from touching the ball every possession, and I expect him to continue doing everything in his power to try to kickstart L. A.’s offense.

Giannis Antetokounmpo (MIL) Over 12.5 Rebounds

Giannis Antetokounmpo absolutely dominated the glass to start the season, as the two-time MVP gathered 12+ rebounds in five straight contests to open (14 REB), which included three performances of 14+ rebounds.

However, Antetokounmpo took a break from grabbing boards against Detroit, as Giannis averaged just 9.5 REB across Milwaukee’s latest two-game set versus the Pistons.

I’ll back Antetokounmpo to get back on track here, as plenty of rebounds should be up for grabs in Friday’s matchup against a Timberwolves squad that’s currently playing at the fourth-fastest pace in the league (102.9 PACE), and I think we’ll see Giannis battle extra hard on the defensive glass with Rudy Gobert and Karl-Anthony Towns cleaning up the boards for Minnesota.

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