NBA PrizePicks Player Props & Picks: Value on Max Strus & Bam Adebayo in Celtics vs. Heat (Tuesday, May 17)

NBA PrizePicks Player Props & Picks: Value on Max Strus & Bam Adebayo in Celtics vs. Heat (Tuesday, May 17) article feature image

Michelle Farsi/Getty Images. Pictured: Bam Adebayo #13 and Max Strus #31 of the Miami Heat.

  • With Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals tonight, our props analyst has two plays to parlay.
  • He's eying picks for Bam Adebayo assists and Max Strus made 3-pointers.
  • Check out his picks and analysis below.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Marcus Smart and Al Horford of the Boston Celtics have entered health and safety protocols and are out for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals. For real-time injury updates, check out our FantasyLabs NBA news page.

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Bam Adebayo Over 2.5 Assists

One underrated part of Bam Adebayo’s game has been his ability as a facilitator to find shooters or cutters around the basket. Since 2021, Adebayo has played in six games against the Celtics and has gone over this line in all six.

Adebayo will be key for the Heat to advance to the NBA Finals, and that will be in all three facets of the game. Asking Bam Adebayo to get three assists should not be a tall order especially with the shooters the Heat have and Kyle Lowry's absence in Game 1.

Max Strus Over 3 3-pointers Made

Max Strus has been pivotal for the Heat during this postseason with his marksmanship from the 3-point line. During his two regular-season games against the Boston Celtics, Strus knocked down a combined 13 3-point shots for the Heat, including at lest four in each game.

During the postseason, Strus is shooting 35.1% from the 3-point line and has knocked at least three 3-point shots in eight of the 11 games for the Heat. Furthermore, Strus is averaging 10.5 attempts from beyond the arc.

In a series where I expect the Boston Celtics to contain Jimmy Butler, Tyler Herro and Adebayo, Strus should get plenty of looks from beyond downtown.

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