Tuesday’s NBA PrizePicks Player Props: Buy Devin Booker, Fade Steven Adams in Game 2 (April 19)
Jim Poorten/NBAE via Getty Images. Pictured: Devin Booker #1 of the Phoenix Suns during Round 1 of the NBA Playoffs.
Player props have become among the most popular bets in the industry, but while the amount of states with legalized gambling is growing, some may feel left out.
With PrizePicks, you get the opportunity to essentially parlay game prop over/unders with cash payouts depending on how many you get correct on that day’s slate.
You can do a Flex Play or a Power Play. A Flex Play gives you lesser odds, but you can win money even if you don’t nail every pick. Meanwhile, a Power Play is similar to a parlay — it’s 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.
NBA PrizePicks Parlay
Steven Adams Under 20.5 PTS + REB + AST
Steven Adams is certainly not a player who is featured in the offense for the Memphis Grizzlies. In fact, his role as a big man is mostly to set screens, defend the paint, block shots and rebound the basketball.
Even though, Adams’ averages during the regular season are high than this projection, in Game 1 he did not have a single shot attempt. Adams finished the game with three rebounds and three assists and four fouls. In fact, Adams finished under this stat projection in five out of the final six games of the regular season.
He has seen a slight tick down in minutes per game lately — just 24 minutes in Game 1 — and over the final five games of the regular season, he played 25 or more minutes in just two games.
I do not expect him to play enough minutes tonight in Game 2 to hit this number, so take the under.
Devin Booker Over 13.5 First Half Points
Devin Booker tends to come out of the gate hot scoring the basketball for the Phoenix Suns.
In fact, during the regular season, Booker ranked eighth in the league in first half scoring where he averaged 13.7 points per game. Booker was even better in first quarter, racking up 9.3 points per game in the opening frame — only Luka Doncic was ahead of him in that department.
This isn’t new either. Last season, when the Suns made their run to the NBA Finals, Booker averaged 14.2 points per game in the first half. Booker has scored over 13.5 points in 31 of his 68 games played this season (45.5%), per NBA Advanced Stats. He’s had 13 or more in 34 games, essentially making this a coin flip.
The Suns seem to make Booker a priority early on and often on offense in their playoff games. I expect Booker’s fast starts to continue tonight in Game 2.
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