Top Betcha Props of the Day: Tuesday (6/1)
Have you heard about Betcha, one of the hottest new betting apps around? If not, I’m here to help you out. Betcha is an app that combines betting on player props with the fun of playing with friends for a totally unique experience. You can follow users and gain followers of your own, view leaderboards, and challenge friends. Best of all, you can receive up to a 0.5x boost on any wager if you and a friend play in the same competition.
You can wager on up to four props per game, and your payouts increase the more player props you choose. You have two options: over/under and matchup. For over/unders, simply pick whether a player will go over or under a stat, and for matchups, choose which player will finish with more of a certain stat. Pretty simple, right? In the latest article of a recurring series, I’ll be naming my favorite props of the day.
We’ve got a three-game slate if Game 5’s tonight that includes two tied series and a potential closeout for the Nets. Am I excited to get into these props? You betcha!
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Celtics at Nets
Jayson Tatum OVER 33.5 points
Tatum has scored 40 and 50 points across his last two games respectively, so it’s hard to bet the under here. In those two contests (one win), the C’s have produced their highest scoring totals in the series (126 and 125 points). It’s clear that Tatum will have to be superhuman in order for Boston to even stay remotely competitive in this series, and in a win-or-go-home Game 5, I expect the emerging superstar to be just that. I’ll take the over.
Marcus Smart OVER 15.5 points
Smart has scored at least 16 points in all four games of this series, and I expect him to do so in tonight’s potential elimination game. Kemba Walker is doubtful, and Robert Williams is out, meaning more scoring opportunities for Smart. Once again, give me the over.
Kevin Durant OVER 30.5 points
Durant has been on fire in this series, averaging 34.8 points on 55/90/45 shooting splits. He’s the clear lead scorer on this Nets’ super team where Kyrie Irving plays Robin to KD’s Batman, and James Harden runs the offense at point guard like a well-oiled machine. Durant has cruised past this 30.5 threshold three times in this series. In this potential closeout, he should make it four.
James Harden UNDER 25.5 points
As previously mentioned, Harden has operated more as a facilitator for Brooklyn rather than a volume scorer. He’s averaged 10.8 assists in this series, including a career-best 18 in the Nets’ Game 4 win. He’s scored at least 20 points in every game but only eclipsed 26 points once in the series. I’m not counting on him
Lakers at Suns
LeBron James UNDER 27.5 points
I have mixed feelings about this one, because the King usually delivers when his team needs it most. It’s just so hard to bet the over when he hasn’t scored at least 28 points in any of his most recent nine games played. In that span (dating back to April 30 of the regular season), he’s averaged just 21.4 points on 17 shots. In four games against Phoenix in this series, he’s averaging nearly identical numbers to those averages, but he’s turning the ball over 4.8 times per contest and shooting a putrid 58.8 percent from the charity stripe. As a LeBron fan, I’m hoping I’m wrong here, but as a betting man, I can’t stomach this high over.
Andre Drummond UNDER 10.5 rebounds
Drummond’s minutes and rebounds have decreased in each of the last two games, and in the series as a whole, he’s grabbed at least 11 boards twice. This is a very close total, but I’ll have to take the under given his uncertain role and waning minutes. Anthony Davis is questionable with a groin injury tonight, but in a decisive Game 5, I expect him to gut it out and play. If Davis sits, the over looks more attractive, but I won’t be betting on this prop if that’s the case.
Deandre Ayton OVER 11.5 boards
Here’s a prop that I’ll take the over on right now, but I’ll hammer it home if Anthony Davis (groin) sits. Ayton has eaten against the Lakers, averaging 19.8 points and 13.5 boards across four games. In two victories, he’s averaged 16.5 boards, and in two losses, he’s averaged 10.5. He’ll be expected to play a critical role in a huge Game 5 tonight, and I like him to hit the over.
Trail Blazers at Nuggets
Damian Lillard OVER 32.5 points
Coming off a 10-point effort in Game 4, the point total here is a bit deceiving. Across three prior games in the series, Lillard averaged 37.7 points on 26.7 shot attempts. Those numbers are more representative of the Herculean effort he should continue to put forth in Game 5 and beyond. Ignore the clunker as a one-off, and roll with the over, as Lillard is sure to eclipse his recent 1-for-10 shooting performance.
Norman Powell UNDER 17.5 points
Powell erupted for 29 points in the Blazers’ Game 4 victory, but that scoring total was due in part to Damian Lillard‘s aforementioned stinker. Over the first three games of the series, Powell averaged just 14.3 points, scoring 18 only once. I’m expecting a bounce-back performance from Dame tonight, which means a return to the norm for Norm.
Nikola Jokic OVER 31.5 points
Just like Lillard, Jokic is coming off a pedestrian performance. In the Nuggets’ Game 4 loss, he scored 16 points on 18 shots, nailed just one triple, and handed out only one assist. Those types of numbers won’t win ball games, and Denver slogged through the contest to finish with a mere 95 points. Jokic should come out more aggressive in Game 5 after averaging 36 points in the first three games of the series. This is an easy over.