NBA Player Prop & Picks: Bet Shake Milton in 76ers vs Nets (April 9)
Photo by David Dow/NBAE via Getty Images. Pictured: Shake Milton (left) and Jalen McDaniels of the 76ers celebrating during a recent game, as Milton is our best NBA player prop pick for Sunday, April 9.
NBA Player Prop & Pick
|Prop||Shake Milton YES Double-Double (+200)|
|Matchup||Philadelphia 76ers vs Brooklyn Nets|
|Time||1 p.m. ET|
The Brooklyn Nets host the Philadelphia 76ers for their final game in the regular season. Both teams will be meeting each other in the first round of the playoffs and should be resting all their starters in this meaningless game.
Last game versus Atlanta, the 76ers were without James Harden, De’Anthony Melton, Joel Embiid and Tobias Harris, and Shake Milton responded by recording a career-high 16 assists, including five of them in overtime.
In an expanded role, Milton ran the point, surrounded by catch-and-shoot type players like Georges Niang (71.1% frequency), Danuel House (38.2% frequency), Jaden McDaniels (35.7% frequency) and Furkan Korkmaz (29.8% frequency).
In that recent game, Milton led his team with 80 passes made, almost doubling his next highest teammate’s Jaden McDaniel’s 46 passes made. Milton’s 19 potential assists accounted for 40.4% of the team’s passes.
As for the matchup, expect a lighter form of the Brooklyn Nets defense without crucial players Mikal Bridges, Dorian Finney-Smith, Nicolas Claxton and Cameron Johnson active or playing full minutes.
Milton has recorded ten or more points in 13 of the 14 games he’s played at least 30 minutes on the court. The underlying assist numbers make me believe he keeps dishing the ball since the team needs another active body on the roster to run the offense other than him.
Add this all together, and I like our chances of Milton closing the season with a consecutive double-double game, especially at plus odds.
Pick: Shake Milton YES Double-Double (+200 at DraftKings)
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