NBA Playoff PrizePicks: Picks for Robert Williams III & Jayson Tatum (May 3)

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Via Elsa/Getty Images. Pictured: Robert Williams III #44 of the Boston Celtics celebrates in the final minutes of the Game Four of the Eastern Conference First Round Playoffs against the Boston Celtics at Barclays Center on April 25, 2022 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.

After upsetting the Celtics in Game 1 as double-digit underdogs, the 76ers look to take Game 2 on Wednesday night with Joel Embiid expected to return. In this must-win spot for the Celtics, there's value in backing a pair of key Boston players. Find PrizePicks plays for Robert Williams III and Jayson Tatum below.

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.


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Jayson Tatum More Than 14 Rebounds + Assists

Jayson Tatum has reached this projection in four of five games that he has played against the Sixers this season as he is averaging 16 rebounds + assists in those games. On Monday night, Tatum grabbed 11 rebounds. He may lose a few rebounds with Joel Embiid being back, but he had games of 12 and 13 rebounds in the regular season against Philadelphia with Embiid on the floor.

However, if he does dial back his rebounding a little bit, I expect that he will make it up with assists. Tatum has had at least four assists in every game that he has played against Philadelphia this season. He has had five assists in each of the last four games he has played against Philadelphia, including six assists in three of them.

If Tatum has six assists tonight, he will need only eight rebounds to meet this projection. I like his chances of reaching this tonight.

Robert Williams III More Than 7.5 Rebounds

This projection is right on target for Robert Williams III. In two games against Philadelphia this season, Williams has eight rebounds and seven rebounds, giving him an average of 7.5 rebounds. He is also averaging 7.6 rebounds in seven playoff games, including two where he finished with seven boards.

Williams is the anchor of Boston's defense, and his health has been of much consternation for many Boston fans this season. Boston needs him to go against Joel Embiid, who is expected to return tonight after missing Game 1. Williams is averaging 22.4 minutes per game in the postseason after he averaged 23.4 minutes in the regular season. I would expect him to get a few more minutes tonight, and in this series, to defend Embiid. He did not play in the game where Embiid scored 52 points against Boston in April.

If Williams gets more minutes, he will have more opportunities to grab rebounds. If he plays 25 minutes, I like his chances of grabbing eight boards and passing this projection.

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