NBA Playoff action carries on Tuesday with a pair of conference semi-final contests and their accompanying player props and same-game parlays (SGP).
It was the Milwaukee Bucks and Golden State Warriors who landed the first blows in their respective series. They’re in the driver’s seat after taking Game 1 on the road. Another win in hostile territory will put the Boston Celtics and Memphis Grizzlies, respectively, in a bind. The Celtics are favored at sportsbooks around the sports betting industry to slow down Giannis Antetokounmpo enough to prevail in Game 2. In the West, the Warriors are laying points on the road.
FanDuel Sportsbook and DraftKings Sportsbook offer a deep and varied selection of props and SGPs Bettors should treat prop betting just as they would on the spread or moneyline, and take the time to find the best prices sportsbooks are offering.
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Milwaukee Bucks vs. Boston Celtics Game 2 Odds
Celtics vs. Bucks Player Props
Giannis Antetokounmpo ‘Under’ 29.5 Points (-105, DraftKings)
Bettors who anticipate a similar degree of volume from Giannis — 25 shots in Game 1 — may want to sit this wager out. The ‘under’ is predicated on the Celtics continuing to make life tough on Giannis from a scoring perspective after holding him to 24 points Sunday. And if his shot volume regresses, he’ll need to improve his efficiency significantly to clip the 30-point barrier. As dominant a force as Giannis is, he’s going to have his hands full against a Celtics squad that will throw whatever they can at the Bucks on Tuesday night. The ‘under’ is most attractive if Defensive Player of the Year Marcus Smart (listed as questionable Tuesday morning) is active and contributing to the team effort of slowing Giannis, but bettors can still be confident in what the Celtics will bring defensively as an entire unit.
Jaylen Brown “Over’ 23.5 Points (-104, FanDuel)
Brown’s 13 shots in Game 1 marked a postseason low — as did his four makes. He averaged 18.3 shots per game in Round 1 against the Brooklyn Nets, and it’s logical to consider a more aggressive Brown to be among the adjustments the Celtics implement in Game 2. Combine more shot attempts — including attempts from distance and at the stripe — with improved efficiency, and 24 points will be well within Brown’s grasp. It’ll be his first time hitting that mark in the playoffs, but he broke 23.5 in 10 of his last 12 regular-season games, so he’s been on an extended run of good form.
Golden State Warriors vs. Memphis Grizzlies Game 2 Odds
Warriors vs. Grizzlies Player Props
Draymond Green ‘Over’ 8.5 Points (+108, FanDuel)
Green hit double figures in three of five games during the Warriors’ first-round win over the Nuggets. In the series opener against Memphis, he tallied six points prior to being ejected after 17 minutes of court time, on his way to another double-digit scoring performance. That’s the quantitative angle, but bettors with a taste for the emotional element of the game can consider the type of “slights” that make Green tick. He’s certain to come out with a chip on his shoulder and a little extra juice in Game 2, as he and the Dubs look to be greedy and steal another win on the road.
Ja Morant ‘Over’ 17.5 Combined Assists, Rebounds (+102, FanDuel)
With a player as electrifying as Morant, it can be easy to overlook some of the unheralded pieces of his game. In addition to putting opposing defenders on skates and posters, Morant has been distributing his efforts throughout the entire boxscore. Morant has comfortably surpassed 17.5 combined assists and rebounds in each contest since the Grizzlies’ Game 1 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves. Also, the Grizzlies finished the season ranked third in pace while the Warriors finished 13th, so the tempo should remain brisk, providing Morant ample opportunity to compile the supporting stats he’ll need to hit the ‘over’ in this spot. DraftKings is offering ‘over’ 16.5 at -130, but we like the slightly higher bar in exchange for plus-money odds.
While the edge in sportsbooks’ favor is larger with SGPs than it is for straight bets on the point spread, total, or individual props, they’ve become a popular way for bettors to play. Having some small investments in these multiple-leg wagers can make for a fun, and sometimes profitable, sweat.
If you’re interested in getting involved in SGPs on Tuesday, look for correlated plays. For example, if you like Memphis to bounce back, it makes to combine Grizzlies +2 with Morant ‘over’ 17.5 rebounds/assists. Likewise, if you’re laying the points with the Celtics, consider adding ‘over’ Brown points to your SGP.