Bucks vs. Nets: The best Giannis Antetokounmpo player props for Game 5
Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo has been nothing short of spectacular in his team's second round series against the Brooklyn Nets. The two-time MVP is averaging 29.8 points, 12.0 rebounds, and 3.3 assists against Brooklyn heading into tonight's pivotal Game 5.
Wed, June 16 2021, 12:40 AM
Here are the three best Giannis Antetokounmpo player prop bets to wager on tonight.
Over/Under 51.5 Points, Assists, and Rebounds
PAR (points + assists + rebounds) is a very popular wager for star players or big scorers, and "The Greek Freak" definitely qualifies.
We mentioned his series averages, but those numbers are even a little off based on the Game 2 blowout where he only played 31 minutes. In the other three games, Giannis averaged 49.0 PAR per game. That number is much closer to tonight's Game 5 projection than the 45.1 PAR per game he is averaging for the series.
Tonight’s Game 5 will go a long way in determining the winner of this series. Giannis is likely going to have another huge outing, but this number is set too high. Even in the Bucks' Game 3 and Game 4 wins, Antetokounmpo never reached this lofty total. Give me the Under.
To record a double-double and player's team to win
Half of this wager is almost a mortal lock. Giannis is -1000 to record a double-double and has recorded a double-double in every single game of the playoffs this year. The big question is, will the Bucks also win the game?
The Bucks are 4.5-point favorites and the Nets are without Kyrie Irving and James Harden. Kevin Durant has been spectacular and looks like his pre-injury self, but can he beat the Bucks with Bruce Brown and Joe Harris at his side?
This is just too good of value to pass up, as you're converting the moneyline on the Bucks from -190 to -155 since the double-double portion is so close to a guarantee. I love this wager as a "Yes" for Giannis.
Over/Under 5.5 Assists
We already mentioned how Antetokounmpo has dominated in the points and rebounds categories, but he is only averaging 3.3 assists in this series. The big reason for tonight's lofty 5.5. projection is that he averaged 7.8 assists per game in Milwaukee's first round series against the Miami Heat.
In the regular season, Giannis averaged 5.9 assists per game. In the three regular season games against the Nets, he averaged 5.0 assists per game. When you combine the regular season with the postseason, "The Greek Freak" is averaging 4.0 assists per game in his seven games against the Nets.
I don't expect his assist numbers to suddenly increase in Game 5 compared to the rest of the series. Give me the Under since I believe Antetokounmpo will continue to be more of a scorer than a distributor.