Jalen Brunson’s Scoring Dominance Taking NBA by Storm

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Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images Pictured: Jalen Brunson of the New York Knicks

Jerry West. Michael Jordan. Bernard King. Jalen Brunson?

The Knicks star has taken the NBA by storm this postseason. And with a dominant 43-point effort in New York’s 121-117 Game 1 win over the Indiana Pacers, Brunson joined an elite list of players to score at least 40 points in four consecutive playoff games. West accomplished the feat in six straight games in 1965 while Jordan (1993) and King (1984) did so in four straight.

It’s understandable, then, that the public keeps backing Brunson in a big way. His Game 1 point total opened at 34.5 and closed at 36.5. Bettors hammered it, as it was the most bet player prop at BetMGM.

Monday’s game marked the fifth straight game in which Brunson’s over cashed. It began when he scored 39 points in Game 3 of New York’s series against the Philadelphia 76ers with the line set at 28.5. He then scored 47 points with a line set at 31.5, 40 with a line set at 33.5 and 41 with a line set at 33.5 heading into the series opener against the Pacers.

The early line on his points heading into Game 2 is 36.5 (-125) at FanDuel.

Overall, Brunson has totaled 210 points during this historic five-game stretch, which is tied for ninth most in NBA history. He’s only the fifth player to reach that mark; as Jordan did so four times, West twice and King and Elgin Baylor once.

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Nick Sterling
Jul 15, 2024 UTC