NBA Playoff PrizePicks: How to Play Aaron Gordon, D’Angelo Russell in Nuggets vs. Lakers (May 20)

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Christian Petersen/Getty Images. Pictured: Aaron Gordon of the Denver Nuggets.

Saturday's NBA slate brings us Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals between the Denver Nuggets and Los Angeles Lakers. That means there are plenty of options across the board on PrizePicks.

A quick refresher if you aren’t familiar with PrizePicks: you can combine up to five different player squares to payout up to 10x your entry.

You can do a Flex Play or a Power Play. A Flex Play gives you lesser odds, but you can win money if you do not nail every pick. A Power Play is all-or-nothing.

Here’s how I would approach today’s slate in NBA Playoffs slate.

What is PrizePicks? A daily fantasy operator — meaning they’re available in more states (30) than sports betting is! — PrizePicks offers a unique opportunity for action on player props in which you parlay two or more plays together.

Aaron Gordon Less Than 0.5 Made 3-Pointers

The Lakers defense is daring Gordon to shoot from the perimeter, which is noticeably getting in his head. Through the first two games, Gordon is 0-for-5 from beyond the arc — and he's being left wide open.

He has found much more success throughout the playoffs at the rim and crashing the offensive glass. Most of his value comes defensively on LeBron James, but the Nuggets will find alternate ways for Gordon to be effective on offense.

Even with the Lakers' game plan, it would be surprising to see Gordon attempt multiple 3-pointers in this game. He averaged less than one 3-pointer made per game during the regular season, and in the playoffs, Gordon has made a 3-pointer in seven of the Nuggets' 13 games.

Gordon shot a career-high 62.1% from inside the arc this season, thanks to Nikola Jokic creating plenty of scoring opportunities at the rim. Take the under on Gordon's 3-point prop.

D'Angelo Russell Less Than 20.5 Points + Rebounds + Assists

After playing well in the first two series, Russell looks completely lost against the Nuggets thus far.

Through the first two games, Russell is -41 in 59 minutes played. Meanwhile, the Lakers are +30 in 39 minutes with him on the bench. There have been rumblings of Russell coming off the bench for Rui Hachimura, who has been fantastic guarding Nikola Jokic on defense and shooting 76.2% from the field on offense.

Even if Russell starts, he could see his playing time diminish, which would make this under play look even better. He has averaged 14.5 points, rebounds and assists through the first two games while shooting 36.8% from the field and 12.5% from behind the arc. I would take this under prop even if it dropped to 19.5.

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