NBA Player Props: Target Hawks’ Trae Young, Suns’ Devin Booker On Tuesday

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Suns' star Devin Booker is a good bet to 'over' his scoring prop tonight. (Photo by Jevone Moore/Icon Sportswire)

The opening weekend of the 2022 NBA playoffs surely did not disappoint. We witnessed thrilling endings, a shocking upset, superstar-level performances from non-superstars, and complete beatdowns by favored teams.

Tyrese Maxey erupted for 38 points as Philadelphia (-4.5) stomped Toronto. Anthony Edwards scored 36 points in his playoff debut to help Minnesota (+220) steal home court from Memphis. Boston (-165) narrowly beat Brooklyn off of a Jayson Tatum game-winning buzzer beater. Miami (-6.5) cruised past Atlanta with the help of Duncan Robinson’s 27 points on 8-for-9 shooting from downtown.

There are three games taking place on Tuesday, with spreads ranging from 6.5 to 9.5 points at sportsbooks including DraftKings. What’s great about betting on player props? Spreads don’t matter. There is a chance that we can confidently presume the winner of each contest by halftime, but many prop bets won’t be decided until the final seconds of the game.

Tuesday’s Top NBA Player Prop Bets

No. 8 Atlanta @ No. 1 Heat (MIA leads 1-0)

Trae Young ‘Under’ 25.5 Points (-105, DraftKings)

Trae Young was more “ice cold” than “Ice Trae” in Game 1. He made just one shot out of 12 attempts and recorded a season- and career playoff-low eight points.

His 1-for-12 shooting was more about Miami’s defense than about Young’s shooting ability. Miami completely took him out of the game by forcing him to pass and keeping him off the free throw line.

Young has also been a much less efficient scorer on the road this season. He averaged 26.5 points per game on 44.1% shooting on the road, compared to 30.2 points on 48.0% shooting at home.

He obviously won’t shoot as poorly in Game 2, but I still expect Young to continue to struggle against Miami’s physical defense.

Trae Young ‘Under’ 8.5 Assists (+115, DraftKings)

Miami has done an excellent job limiting Young’s playmaking, holding him to just four assists in Game 1.

He averaged just 7.3 assists per game against Miami in the regular season, his fifth lowest assist average against a particular opponent.

No. 7 Wolves @ No. 2 Grizzlies (MIN leads 1-0)

Karl-Anthony Towns ‘Over’ 9.5 Rebounds  (-135, DraftKings)

Towns grabbed 13 boards in a Game 1 victory over the Grizzlies. He has now hit double-digit rebounds in all six of his career playoff games, averaging 13.3 rebounds in the playoffs.

KAT should be able to bring down 10+ rebounds in his next game if given the minutes, considering how Memphis allowed the highest total rebound rate in the league in the regular season.

No. 8 Pelicans (8) @ No. 1 Suns (PHX leads 1-0)

Chris Paul ‘Over’ 10.5 Assists (-140, DraftKings)

Paul surprisingly led all players in scoring with 30 points in Game 1 after averaging just 14.7 points (third highest scoring average on the team) in the regular season. Yet, he was still able to dish out 10 assists.

He doesn’t have to expend much energy scoring the ball in this series against New Orleans. He can leave that to Booker and others. Expect him to prioritize creating opportunities for his teammates against the Pelicans, so he can save up his scoring energy for the later, tougher rounds.

Paul has 15, 18, and 10 assists in his three games against New Orleans this season (regular season and playoffs). He closed the regular season averaging 11.8 assists over the final seven games, hitting the 11-assist mark in five of them.

Assisting the basketball is CP3’s calling card, and he should be able to showcase that in Game 2.

Devin Booker ‘Over’ 27.5 Points (-105, DraftKings)

Booker was on a scoring tear all throughout March, and he’s carried that tear into the playoffs. He scored just 25 points in Game 1, but he did score at least 28 points in 10 of 12 games to close out the regular season.

Chris Paul scored 30 points in Game 1, but there’s no reason for him to have to do that again in a likely win in Game 2, leaving Booker with a golden opportunity to light up the scoreboard in the next game.

Also read: Odds To Win 2022 NBA Championship

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Cyrus Eshaghoff

Cyrus Eshaghoff

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