Hawks vs. 76ers: The best player prop bets for Game 2
The Philadelphia 76ers entered Game 1 of their second round series on Sunday afternoon as five-point favorites. Apparently no one bothered to tell the Atlanta Hawks.
Led by prime time shot-maker Trae Young, Atlanta outscored the Eastern Conference’s No. 1 seed by 15 points in the first quarter, and survived a late rally to secure a 128-124 win. Young led all players with 36 points, but he received plenty of help from fellow starters John Collins and Bogdan Bogdanovic, both of whom finished with 21 each.
The high-flying Hawks shot 51% from the floor and 42% from beyond the arc, and led by as many as 26 points in the first half. Atlanta also pressured Philly into 19 turnovers, resulting in 28 points.
The Sixers will have a chance to flip the script on Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m. ET when they host the Hawks for Game 2 at Wells Fargo Center.
Tue, June 8 2021, 11:40 PM
We’ve examined the matchup closely and have selected the three best players props to wager on.
Trae Young Over/Under Points
Trae Young joined some pretty elite company on Sunday when he became the first player since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to score 30 points or more in his first four career playoff road games. He’ll have a chance to pad that total on Tuesday when he faces Philly in Game 2.
The 22-year-old guard is averaging 30.2 points, 9.8 assists, and 2.8 rebounds in the playoffs, and is one of the very few players in the league who averaged nearly as many points on the road (24.8) as he did at home (25.8) during the regular season. Enemy crowds seem to energize Young, even when their taunts focus squarely on his follicular shortcomings.
Lest you think that Young’s Game 1 performance against the Sixers was a fluke, consider this: He hung 32 points on Philadelphia on 10-19 shooting on April 30, and would have done considerably more damage had he played over 28 minutes.
27.5 points seems like a curiously low projection for a player who has easily surpassed that total eight times since May 1. Take the Over and enjoy the fireworks.
Danny Green Over/Under 8.5 points
Danny Green has won three NBA championships, but he's going to need to step up his game considerably if he hopes to hoist the Larry O'Brien Trophy again in 2021.
The veteran shooting guard scored just four points on 2-of-7 shooting in Game 1, and missed all four of his 3-point attempts. It's part of a troubling trend that has seen Green score five points or less in three of his last five games, and eight points or less in 10 of his last 18 outings.
Green will continue to log heavy minutes because of his defensive acumen, but his days of being a volume scorer - or even a consistent contributor - are long gone.
Ben Simmons Over/Under 7.5 rebounds
If you're looking for a true longshot, you may want to check out the outrageous -10000 odds Ben Simmons will hit his first career playoff 3-pointer. However, if you're looking for a surer bet we'd recommend taking the Over 7.5 on Ben Simmons rebounds.
The three-time All-Star was held to just four boards in Game 1, but that strikes us as more of an anomaly than an emerging trend, especially when you dig into the data. Simmons has averaged 8.1 rebounds over the course of his four-year career, and has recorded eight rebounds or more in six of his last eight postseason games.
Simmons was relatively passive in Game 1, but bettors should expect him to be far more aggressive on the boards on Tuesday night.