Bettors can find a variety of odds and lines for NBA Playoff action, including an array of player props for Monday.
Monday’s slate includes a pair of elimination contests. The Boston Celtics try to sweep the Brooklyn Nets out of the playoffs while on enemy turf. Meanwhile, the Philadelphia 76ers host the Toronto Raptors with a 3-1 series advantage.
In the West, the Mavericks host the Jazz for Game 5 with the series tied 2-2.
While we dive into player props offerings from DraftKings and FanDuel, many other top sportsbooks are also dealing a variety of postseason betting options and season promotions. Meanwhile, new bettors can find attractive welcome bonuses that can alleviate some of the wagering risk.
Toronto Raptors vs. Philadelphia 76ers Player Props
Embiid ‘Under’ 40.5 Combined Points and Rebounds (-106, FanDuel)
Embiid suffered ligament damage in his thumb in Philly’s Game 3 win and will require surgery in the offseason to fix it. The Sixers big man was limited to 21 points on 16 shots in their Game 4 loss. It’s reasonable to expect Embiid to struggle in that department again. Another inefficient scoring performance will require Embiid to dominate the glass in order to accumulate 41 combined points and rebounds. Cleaning the glass is well within Embiid’s skillset — he’s snatched an average of 11.8 boards this series. But bettors who envision another diminished scoring output may lack the confidence in Embiid making the difference on the boards.
Embiid’s presence alone still commands the Raptors’ respect, so he’ll continue to handle healthy volume. However, with James Harden, Tyrese Maxey, and Tobias Harris in the fold, the Sixers have the scoring firepower to compensate if Embiid’s thumb hampers him.
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Boston Celtics vs. Brooklyn Nets Player Props
Kevin Durant ‘Under’ 42.5 Combined Points, Rebounds, and Assists (-111, FanDuel)
We’re primarily focused on individual players, but it’s worth considering the state of the Nets overall. They’ve dropped three of four, both straight-up and against the spread. This is important to consider for bettors who believe the team’s struggles will saddle Durant with too much drag.
Bettors would typically be able to count on Durant’s scoring prowess to eat a sizable chunk of FanDuel’s 42.5 mark. However, the Celtics’ smothering defense has draped itself over Durant this series. The future HOFer is struggling to the tune of 22 points on 36.5 percent shooting across three games. A deeper look paints an even bleaker picture. He’s attempting only 3.3 shots from beyond the arc (hitting 1.3). And he’s shooting 35.7 percent on two-point shots. It’s a long road to flirting with 30 points via the free-throw line, so it’s reasonable to be bearish on his point total, and by extension, FanDuel’s combo prop. If Durant is going to be light on the scoring front, he’s going to need to do too much in the supporting stat categories to hit the ‘over’.
Among NBA Playoff cliches is the suggestion that eliminating — particularly sweeping — an opposing team is among the most difficult tasks in the game. Will that sentiment ring true on Monday night? Perhaps. But there may also be too much drama overshadowing the Nets right now for them to find the mettle to send the series back to Boston.
Also read: Celtics vs. Nets Game 4 odds
Utah Jazz vs. Dallas Mavericks Player Props
More Points (DraftKings): Luka Doncic (-155) vs. Donovan Mitchell (+120)
Doncic (calf) made his return to the floor in Game 4 and appeared as if he didn’t miss a beat. However, we’re leaning with Mitchell and his plus-money odds to set the pace in the scoring department in Game 5. Mitchell has averaged a whopping 25.3 shots across the series’ first four games, including 59 in Games 1-2 alone. Will he hoist another 30 shots in Game 5?
That’s debatable, but there’s no reason to expect a modest volume of shot attempts. He’s producing from the charity stripe, too, converting 90.1% on 9.3 attempts per game, and if he can pair that with even a little more efficiency from the field (39.7% so far this series) and long-range (24%), he’ll be in for a big scoring performance.