After not having any NBA betting action yesterday for the first time in forever, the playoffs are set to resume tonight. Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals with the Los Angeles Clippers vs. Phoenix Suns is on tap. If Sunday’s series opener was any indication, this promises to be another compelling matchup. Let’s dive into some NBA player props betting odds and picks for NBA betting tonight. Included among today’s plays is an NBA player prop bets, and the best prediction for Suns star Devin Booker.
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We successfully cashed an NBA player props bet involving total assists for Clippers forward Nicolas Batum on Sunday. The 32-year-old gets the honors of leading off today’s column as well. This time, however, we are looking at rebounds. After securing 10 boards in Game 1 of these Western Conference Finals, Batum has now finished with seven rebounds or more in five straight games, and seven of the last 10 overall. Given that Batum averaged only 4.7 rebounds per game over the entire season, this recent display on the glass has been quite impressive. While the NBA betting odds have adjusted for his strong performances, but tonight’s line of 6.5 still may not be enough.
Batum was not subject to the Clippers’ expanded bench rotation in Game 1 and figures to be a mainstay in the core postseason lineup going forward. He has seen 32 minutes or more in each of the last five contests. It’s important to note that Batum only averaged 27 minutes per game over the course of the full season. As a result, his rebounding average may not carry as much weight as some would believe. Furthermore, the absence of Kawhi Leonard should lend a few extra rebounds to be available as well. Look for the over 6.5 boards NBA pick for Batum tonight as the Clippers look to level off this series heading back to L.A.
With Chris Paul sidelined to begin these Western Conference Finals, many speculated how the Suns would manage without him. Devin Booker certainly did his part to silence the doubters. Sunday saw him drop the first playoff triple-double of his career. Booker finished with 40 points, 13 rebounds and a postseason-high 11 assists in Phoenix’s Game 1 victory. Replicating such a stat line tonight is far easier said than done. Booker’s Game 1 assist total in particular stands out as an outlier.
The Awesemo NBA Player Props Tool believes there is tremendous value in playing under 6.5 total assists for Booker in tonight’s Game 2 matchup. While it wasn’t a surprise to see him step up as a distributor in the absence of Paul, a double-digit assist total was a bit of a shock. Prior to Sunday, Booker had not distributed more than eight assists in any game during the playoffs. He had also only gone over tonight’s odds of 6.5 twice before that Game 1 outburst. Given that Booker only averaged 4.3 assists per game over the course of the full season, one has to believe regression is coming tonight. With Clippers’ defensive adjustments inevitable and plus-money odds on the under, this NBA player prop bet is well worth considering.
Among the six Suns players who scored in double figures on Sunday was Jae Crowder. Despite having the reputation for being a streaky shooter throughout his career, Crowder has actually been very steady throughout the postseason. Game 1 saw him knock down three of his seven 3-point shot attempts to finish with 13 points. It marked the eighth straight game in which Crowder has hit multiple 3-pointers. In seven of those eight, he has hit three or more triples. Of course, Crowder’s shooting is apt to take a turn for the worst any given night. That said, given the run of success he has been having recently, plus-money odds on over 2.5 made 3-pointers in Game 2 tonight sets up as a fine NBA player prop bets and pick.
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