NBA Playoff PrizePicks: Play Norman Powell, LeBron James in Saturday’s Matchups (April 22)
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Saturday’s NBA Playoffs slate is a basketball fans dream with four games lined up starting at 1 p.m. ET. It’s a great day to dive right into some player projections 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.
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Norman Powell Less Than 26.5 Points
The Clippers put a scare into the Suns in Game 2 without Paul George and Kawhi Leonard, but it is hard to imagine them doing the same thing tonight. The Suns are 7.5-point road favorites as this game could easily get out of hand if players like Norman Powell cool off. Powell scored a season-high 42 points while shooting a ridiculous 15-of-23 from the field and 7-of-12 from behind the arc. He had a 31.8% Usage Rate, which was second behind Russell Westbrook.
Monty Williams and the Suns will have a much better game plan for limiting Powell as he and Westbrook were the main reasons the Clippers were able to stay competitive. Action Network’s props model has him projected for just 24.9 points. This will be a tough spot for Powell to repeat his Game 3 performance.
LeBron James More Than 28.5 Points
Calling out LeBron James never seems to go well and that is exactly what Grizzlies forward Dillon Brooks did after Game 2. He said he doesn’t respect anyone until they score 40 points against him. James is shooting 51.3% from the field through the first two games, while averaging 24.5 points per game.
James has averaged 28.9 points per game this season and the Grizzlies are still without Steven Adams, which has greatly diminished their defense. It wouldn’t shock me if James scored 40-plus points in Game 3 tonight in response to the Brooks trash talk.
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