Saturday NBA PrizePicks Plays: Parlay D’Angelo Russell and James Harden in Playoff Opener (April 16)
David Berding/Getty Images. Pictured: D’Angelo Russell #0 of the Minnesota Timberwolves
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
James Harden Under 21.5 Points
There is a lot of pressure for James Harden to have a good postseason with the Philadelphia 76ers. This crowd will be on him immediately if he struggles. This is also simply not the matchup for him. The Toronto Raptors have so many athletic wings that are bigger than Harden, which has shown to give him plenty of trouble in the past.
Harden has failed to score 22 or more points in five of his last six games. During that time he is shooting 32.4% from the field and 26.2% from behind the arc. In the two games with the 76ers against the Raptors this season, Harden has averaged 15 points per game while shooting 33.3% from the field.
I think he goes under this number in Game 1 as the Sixers feel out the matchup.
D’Angelo Russell Over 18.5 Points
Some players just love a certain matchup and for D’Angelo Russell, that matchup is the Memphis Grizzlies. In their season series, he has averaged a ridiculous 31 points per game while shooting 55.8% from the field and 46.3% from behind the arc. This game has the highest total on the slate at 236 points, which helps.
With Karl-Anthony Towns having a tougher matchup against the Grizzlies, Russell will likely look to be aggressive in this spot. Our model has Russell projected for 21.1 points and his over on 18.5 points is -130 making this seem like a very easy PrizePicks option.
Ride the smooth-shooting lefty in this spot.