NBA Player Props Today: Fade Trae Young in Heat vs Hawks

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Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images. Pictured: Bam Adebayo (left), Trae Young (right).

  • The Hawks and Heat will play for the fifth time this season with a playoff spot on the line.
  • Trae Young will be key for Atlanta, but PropBetGuy doesn't love this matchup for the superstar guard.
  • He gives his analysis and player prop bet for Hawks vs. Heat.

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NBA Player Props & Pick

Trae Young, Under 37.5 PRA

OddsUnder 37.5 PRA (-119)
Time7:30 p.m. ET
Books AvailableCaesars Sportsbook

The NBA play-in tournament tips off on Tuesday with the Atlanta Hawks visiting the Miami Heat. As with most postseason games, there are several layers of complexity, but ultimately, I think this game will come down to how the Heat handles the Hawks' pick-and-roll offense.

The Hawks run the pick and roll at a top-three frequency, but the Heat allow the fewest combined points per game to pick-and-roll ball handlers and roll men. For this reason, I’m loving the under on Trae Young’s PRA line.

It’s an uneasy feeling fading a star player in a must-win game, but Young has struggled against the Heat this season, staying under this line in three of four games, while shooting 36% from the field and 21% from behind the arc.

By virtue of their pick-and-roll defense, the Heat have allowed the fourth fewest PRA to opposing point guards this season. In fact, against the nine teams allowing the fewest point guard PRA, Young failed to clear this line in 8-of-11 away games, averaging only 34.7 PRA per 38 minutes.

As with most Heat playoff games, I expect Jimmy Butler and company to slow the pace and make the Hawks beat them in the half-court. With their defense already tailor-made to stop Young’s offensive game, I expect muted production from the Hawks point guard.

I have Young projected at 33 PRA, and I would play this line down to under 36 PRA.

Pick: Trae Young Under 37.5 PRA (-119) | Playable to Under 36 PRA.

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