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Best Hornets-Bucks Player Prop: Will Brook Lopez Sink Triples? (January 31)

The Charlotte Hornets and Milwaukee Bucks will square off on Tuesday night. The Hornets earned a big upset win over Milwaukee in their last meeting, and the Bucks won’t have big man Bobby Portis for a few more games — but the books have the Bucks as a 12-point favorite anyway. Bettors looking for a sharp play for Tuesday evening’s game should tail this Hornets-Bucks NBA player prop at DraftKings — the book has left too much value on the Brook Lopez player prop markets. Check out OddsShopper’s tools for other sharp plays.

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Best Hornets-Bucks NBA Player Prop | Brook Lopez

Brook Lopez Prop O/U 1.5 3-Pointers

After missing almost all of last season with an injury, veteran center Brook Lopez has returned with a vengeance. The 34-year-old is averaging 14.5 points and 1.9 3-pointers per game this year. After nearly falling out of the NBA, Lopez reinvented his game a few years ago and has become a menace from long range. Lopez’s current 3-point shooting percentage (38.1%) slots in higher than anything he recorded in his prior 14 seasons. While Lopez may regress eventually, Tuesday’s matchup isn’t a great spot to fade him.

The veteran big man should benefit from a soft matchup against the Hornets. Charlotte has allowed the most 3-pointers per game to opposing centers this year (1.2). Although they rank 11th-best over the last seven games (0.5), much of that falls on their recent opponents. Lopez shot 3-for-5 from deep against the Hornets in their first meeting and 1-for-3 in the second. However, he played only 19 minutes in the second game, a blowout loss, and averaged 2.8 3-pointers per 36 minutes. At that clip, his usual workload of 30.4 minutes would yield 2.4 3-pointers.


Two other factors should benefit Lopez. First, the Hornets have struggled mightily against effective corner shooters. They have allowed the fourth-most corner 3s per game (3.9) on the second-highest shooting percentage (42.4%). Lopez makes the second-most corner 3s per game for Milwaukee (0.5) and should draw some of the volume that Bobby Portis would have gotten from that part of the floor. Second, Lopez plays better at home. He has made 40.5% of his 3-pointers in Fiserv Forum. His two season-best performances from beyond the arc both came in Wisconsin.

Expect a solid game from Brook Lopez on Tuesday night. Although not every book had opened his player prop market as of publication, the over opened at -135 at DraftKings Sportsbook. Bettors should risk enough to profit a half-unit on any number below -150. Setting the odds for this prop at Lopez’s actual hit rate (57.5%) ignores the value of the matchup and Portis’ absence. Head to DraftKings for the best price on the market — new users can even secure $200 in bonus bets with a $5 wager!

Best NBA Hornets-Bucks Player Prop: Brook Lopez Over 1.5 3-Pointers (-135 for 0.67 Unit) at DraftKings

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