Monday NBA Player Props: Brook Lopez, Desmond Bane Unders Highlight Top PrizePicks Plays (May 9)
Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images. Pictured: Grizzlies guard Desmond Bane
NBA player props have become one of the most popular bets, but while the amount of states with legalized gambling is growing, some may feel left out.
With PrizePicks, you get the opportunity to essentially parlay player prop over/unders with cash payouts depending on how many you get correct on that day’s slate.
You can do a Flex Play or a Power Play. A Flex Play gives you lesser odds, but you can win money even if you don’t nail every pick. Meanwhile, a Power Play is similar to a parlay — it’s all or nothing.
Here’s how I would approach Monday’s NBA playoffs slate.
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NBA Props On PrizePicks
Brook Lopez Under 18.5 Points/Rebounds/Assists
After a two-point victory in Game 3, the Bucks are one-point home favorites for Game 4 against the Celtics (check real-time NBA odds here). Khris Middleton is still out, but the Bucks have won five of their last six games without him.
This is a critical game as the Bucks could take a 3-1 lead in the series.
Lopez was fantastic in Game 3, recording his first double-double of not only the playoffs, but of the season with 13 points and 10 rebounds. He added two assists and two steals in only 29 minutes shooting 50% from the field.
With the lines so tight now that we are reaching Game 4 of both series, it makes finding value on PrizePicks tougher. However, this line seems inflated due to Lopez’s last game. He has hit the under in five out of his last six games at this 18.5 PRA line.
This is still a tough matchup for not only Lopez, but for the Bucks overall. The Celtics led the league in Defensive Rating during the regular season and are third in the postseason. The game total is also only 212 points.
Desmond Bane Under Three Made 3-Pointers
The major news of the Grizzlies and Warriors series is the status of Ja Morant. He is doubtful to play due to a knee injury, which is why the Warriors are double-digit home favorites in Game 4. The Grizzlies were 20-5 without Morant this season, but this is a different spot against a healthy Warriors team.
This game could get out of hand very quickly, and if it does, it is hard to see Desmond Bane reaching this 3-point prop line. He hit the over in Game 3, making 4-of-7 from behind the arc, but made one in the previous two games.
With Morant more than likely out, the Warriors can key in on stopping Bane and the rest of the Grizzlies’ role players. When healthy, the Warriors have one of the best defenses in the league. That will make it tough on Bane and Co.
Bane is shooting just 36.2% from the field and 34% from downtown. This is a much different defense than he faced in the first-round, when he averaged a ridiculous 4.5 made 3-pointers per game.
No Morant makes this more difficult.