Those looking to dive into the NBA Playoffs can find a variety of NBA player props for Thursday’s schedule. Sportsbooks are good about keeping bettors engaged throughout postseason play, and that includes game odds and lines as well.
Thursday’s playoff action features NBA MVP finalist Nikola Jokic and three-time All-Star Donovan Mitchell. However, we’re drawn to a few props that shine a light on the supporting stars that will take the stage.
Here’s a look at point spreads, totals, and player props for Thursday’s Game 3 contests.
Dallas Mavericks vs. Utah Jazz Props
Bojan Bogdanovic ‘Over’ 21.5 Points (+100, DraftKings)
Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal often refers to a team’s supporting cast as “The Others.” Meanwhile, former NBA star Jalen Rose often speaks about role players performing better at home. Bogdanovic may be better than a typical role player, but he still stands to benefit from a little home cooking. Bogdanovic scored slightly better at Vivint Arena than on the road this season. More importantly, perhaps, is he has dominated the share of shot attempts that Donovan Mitchell leaves behind. He’s averaged 17.5 attempts through the first two games, and another healthy volume of shots should be on tap on Thursday night.
Bettors who like this play may also want to consider Bogdanovic going ‘over’ 28.5 combined points, rebounds, and assists. DraftKings posted this prop with -105 odds.
Rudy Gobert ‘Under’ 0.5 Assists (+165, DraftKings)
This play is primarily about chasing meaty plus-money odds. Bettors who side with the ‘under’ may spend the game on a knife’s edge rooting against Gobert recording a single assist. However, that’s something that occurred in 31.8 percent of his regular season games and in Game 1 against the Mavericks.
Golden State Warriors vs. Denver Nuggets Props
Will Barton ‘Over’ 15.5 Points (-108, FanDuel)
The offense flows through Nikola Jokic, but Barton has been handling the next heaviest portion of shots. He’s averaging 16.5 field goal attempts over the series’ first two contests, and he’s a slightly more efficient scorer on his home floor. Barton scored 16-plus points in 32 of 71 contests during the regular season. However, of the 39 games in which he failed to reach that scoring threshold, he played in fewer than 30 minutes. We expect a full allotment of minutes — he logged 36 and 31 minutes, respectively, in Games 1-2. He’s a safe bet to receive the shot volume necessary to go ‘over’ this number.
Draymond Green ‘Over’ 7.5 Rebounds (+105, DraftKings)
Green has stayed ‘under’ eight rebounds in the series’ first two games, but we’re going to lean toward a reversal in Game 3. Green snatched at least eight boards in 24 of 46 regular-season contests and averaged 7.3 rebounds overall. Green’s relatively light workload in the series thus far — he’s totaled 59 minutes heading into Thursday — may concern bettors. However, he averaged nearly two more minutes of floor time on the road this season. If that trend continues on Thursday, we like the chances he’ll have of hitting the ‘over’ here.