Tuesday’s NBA Playoff player props feature picks from tonight’s three close-out games. The Boston Celtics, Denver Nuggets, and Phoenix Suns are each on the doorstep of advancing to the second round of the postseason.
Tuesday NBA Playoff Player Props & Picks
Bogdan Bogdanovic (+13.5 Points) vs. Jayson Tatum
Tatum is certainly capable of going off for 35-plus in a close-out game. However, he has the team around him that can prevent him from needing to do so. The Hawks, meanwhile, are without their 1B to Trae Young.
Dejounte Murray’s Game 5 ban frees up 22.5 shot attempts (playoff average), including 8.3 from beyond the arc. Some of those attempts will be assumed by Bogdanovic. The Hawks are in danger of being run off the court tonight, but that plays into the favor of Bogdanovic covering the spread.
Jaylen Brown Over 26.5 Points
There’s a lot to like about the Celtics closing out their first-round series against the Hawks tonight. Naturally, Jayson Tatum will be the best player on the floor. The next best, however, may not be Trae Young.
Brown has demonstrated on more than one occasion that he can produce at an All-NBA level. Look for that to be on display tonight. Murray’s suspension robs the Hawks – a mediocre defensive unit already – of their top perimeter defender. Brown should receive enough volume to reach the Over in this spot.
Nikola Jokic Over 20.5 Assists-plus-Rebounds
The Nuggets nearly pulled out the broom in Minnesota, but they’ll need to settle for the “Gentleman’s Sweep” tonight. Good for the Wolves getting one tally in the win column, but they’re getting nearly 10 points ahead of Game 5 as heavy underdogs.
Jokic went Over 20.5 combined assists and rebounds once across four games so far, but Tuesday night figures to make it twice. Theoretically, the Nuggets will receive a boost on their home floor while the Timberwolves are more likely to struggle from the field. Jokic is the two-time reigning MVP after all. He’ll put in a monster performance in a close-out situation.
Devin Booker Over 2.5 Three-Pointers Made
The Clippers will be without Kawhi Leonard — and Paul George — in Game 5, and they appear to have given everything in their collective tank sans their two superstars. This sets the stage for the Suns to put an end to the series and claim some much-needed rest.
Booker struggled in Game 1, missing all three of his three-point attempts. He is averaging 3.3 treys per game at a 50% clip across Games 2-4, however, and will find himself in position to knock down another three long-range shots. The Suns may have dropped the opener, but they’re laying 12.5 points tonight, suggesting they’ll be able to cruise – relatively speaking – to a series-clinching victory.
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