NBA PrizePicks: Plays on Tobias Harris, Nikola Jokic Today (Sunday, May 7)

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Tobias Harris Over 13.5 Points

Game 3 was rough for Harris, as he got into major foul trouble and attempted a playoff-low six field goals. That's not a recipe for success, and it led to only seven points.

I'm expecting Harris to bounce back and look for his shot with a hobbled Joel Embiid and struggling James Harden, who has turned into Ben Simmons by shooting 5-of-28 from the field in the last two games.

During the regular season, Harris averaged 14.7 points per game, which was down from previous seasons but still a full point above this prop. Like he normally does, Harris bumped his production in the playoffs to the tune of 17.4 points per game while shooting 55.3% from the field. He has scored 15+ points in five of his last six games.

If the 76ers want to tie this series, Harris will need to be involved on the offensive end more than he was in Game 3.

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Deandre Ayton Under 14.5 Points

It has been a difficult three games for Ayton as he tries to deal with Nikola Jokic in the paint. The Suns big man has been dominated in every aspect of the game and has shown signs of frustration, especially with his lack of offensive production.

With Chris Paul out, Ayton takes even more of a backseat to Kevin Durant and Devin Booker. In Game 3 with Paul out, Ayton only attempted six field goal attempts scoring four points. He had just as many fouls as he did points scored.

Not only did Ayton struggle last game, but he was also pulled for backup center Jock Landale, who finished the game for Phoenix. Ayton played 26 minutes and it wasn't only because of foul trouble. He was simply not trying and allowing Jokic to clean up the glass and get whatever shot the Nuggets wanted.

In eight games during the regular season with Durant, Ayton averaged 13 points per game with a 16.6% usage rate. There are too many factors pointing to Ayton struggling again.

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