NBA Player Props: Pressure Mounts On Kevin Durant; Anthony Edwards Soars On Saturday

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Anthony Edwards has become the Timberwolves' top scoring threat. (Photo by Melissa Tamez/Icon Sportswire)

Bettors can find a variety of basketball odds and lines for Saturday’s four-game slate including NBA playoff props. Saturday’s action includes the Philadelphia 76ers vs. Toronto Raptors where the Sixers will try to complete the series sweep.

Today’s player props focus on DraftKings Sportsbook and FanDuel Sportsbook. However, bettors should be sure to poke around for any special promos that sportsbooks are offering. Meanwhile, new bettors can find attractive welcome bonus offers that will alleviate some of the wagering risk.

Philadelphia 76ers vs. Toronto Raptors Player Props

Joel Embiid ‘Under’ 30.5 Points (-125, DraftKings)

There’s concern that Embiid suffered ligament damage on his right (shooting) thumb in Thursday’s Game 3 win over Toronto. A bad thumb is something that one would certainly expect to hinder his scoring efficiency. Embiid supporters may point to the fact that he still managed 33 points on Thursday night. Be that as it may, it’s important to appreciate the difference between riding the adrenaline through Game 3 and being right for Game 4. Those particularly bearish on Embiid’s Game 4 prospects may prefer FanDuel’s -116 odds on ‘under’ 29.5 points.

James Harden ‘Over’ 20.5 (+100, DraftKings), Tyrese Maxey ‘Over’ 18.5 Points (-105, FanDuel)

These plays are based on the position that Embiid will cede usage and shooting volume due to his bad digit. Harden and Maxey carry the heaviest loads behind Embiid in terms of shot attempts and usage. It’s reasonable to anticipate both Harden and Maxey shouldering a little extra if Embiid is limited to any degree.

Dallas Mavericks vs. Utah Jazz Player Props

Rudy Gobert ‘Under’ 13.5 Points (-110, DraftKings)

With identical odds on the ‘over’ and ‘under’, bettors can treat this prop like a “pick-em”. Gobert reached double figures for the first time in the series in Game 3, but he did so by converting all nine of his shot attempts — six from the field, three from the charity stripe. The Mavericks defense deserves credit for largely removing Gobert from the scoring equation. Gobert isn’t someone who is going to get a lot of shots anyway, and we’re betting on less efficiency in Game 4. Those who prefer to side with the ‘over’ will like FanDuel’s -104 odds.

Boston Celtics vs. Brooklyn Nets Player Props

Kevin Durant ‘Over’ 35.5 Combined Points, Rebounds, Assists (-122, FanDuel)

The Celtics’ suffocating defense has come as advertised and driven its claws into Durant through the series’ first two contests. Durant has dominated the Nets’ usage (35.3 percent), so volume isn’t an issue. Durant’s regular-season splits don’t reveal any distinct home-court boost, but to whatever degree the “home boost” exists, Durant will benefit from it on Saturday evening. Even if Durant continues to struggle with overall efficiency, his volume and the presumptive home boosts experienced by the role players should allow him to clip the ‘over’ on the triple-double stats. Bettors bearish on Durant can bet ‘under’ 42.5 at DraftKings.

Memphis Grizzlies vs. Minnesota Timberwolves Player Props

Anthony Edwards ‘Over’ 3.5 Threes, ‘Over’ 23.5 Points (+100 | -110, DraftKings)

The T-Wolves — Karl-Anthony Towns in particular — have been on the wrong side of the story for the last few days. Edwards, however, has handled himself like a young player ascending to the “centerpiece” role. He leads the team in field goal attempts and minutes played in the playoffs, so he’s a good bet to get his volume regardless of whether or not KAT decides to show up. Edwards has attempted no fewer than nine three-pointers through the series’ first three games. With his postseason efficiency from beyond the arc (40.3%) and expected volume, four three-pointers is well within his grasp. It’s not a bad idea to pair the Edwards ‘over’ on three-pointers with the ‘over’ on 23.5 points. He’s already demonstrated his explosive scoring ability with 36 points in Game 1. And it’s difficult to envision a scenario in which Edwards is limited to 13 shots in a game with “must-win” vibes.

Also read: 2022 NBA Championship Odds

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Craig Williams

Craig Williams

Craig Williams is a Charlotte-based writer for Gaming Today, who has worked professionally in the gaming, fantasy sports, and sports business industries. He’s an avid fantasy football player, managing over 100 leagues across multiple formats. When he’s not pouring over Vegas odds and statistics, he’s indulging in soccer and enjoys anything from LigaMX to Champions League.

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