Capper Penguin's NBA Thursday Player Prop Pick - 1/12
Boston Celtics @ Brooklyn Nets
Kyrie Irving will be carrying a lot of weight on his shoulders at home vs a Boston team that he used to play for without his co star Kevin Durant. Since joining Brooklyn, Kyrie averages 41.5 PRA vs Marcus Smart in the regular season and that is with KD. If you take KD out of the picture, Kyrie has averaged 43 PRA in his last four games without KD (last season) and covered this line in 4 of 5 games without KD in January last year. The main worry here would be if Boston double teams Ky, but I don't see that happening especially with the shooters Brooklyn has added this year and Marcus Smart in the mix. Either way, Kyrie should be able to do it all and get at least 10 PRA a quarter.
Kyrie is playing his best ball of the season recently averaging 38.39 PRA in the last two months (35.6 szn avg) and should be able to get a few more than normal without KD @ home vs Smart who he's averaged 41.5 PRA against.