Top Betcha Props of the Day: Tuesday (6/15)
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 only got one game on the slate tonight, but it promises to be a good one. After winning the first two games of the series, Brooklyn has lost two straight, and Kyrie Irving is now out. With the series notched 2-2, this is a pivotal Game 5, and I’ll make my picks for all the available props. Am I excited to get into these? You betcha!
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Bucks at Nets
Kevin Durant OVER 34.5 points
Tonight’s Game 5 is the most important game of the series for the Nets and one of the most important of Durant’s career. With his team suddenly facing the possibility of losing three straight and winding up in a precarious situation, he’ll have to put this team on his shoulders sans Kyrie Irving (ankle) and James Harden (hamstring) who will both be out. Can KD go full Slim Reaper on Milwaukee tonight to get Brooklyn a much-needed win? That remains to be seen, but as the team’s primary scoring option, he’ll have no choice but to try. The over is super appealing tonight, and I’m not sure I’d pick against it even if this line was a few points higher.
Bruce Brown OVER 12.5 points and Blake Griffin OVER 11.5 points
These are easy overs for me, as the Nets will need to get some scoring from somewhere, and Joe Harris has gone ice cold. Brown is a capable scorer when called upon, and Griffin has been a resurgent force in a Nets uniform.
Joe Harris UNDER 14.5 points
It’s really tough for me to pick the under on this modest point total, but Harris has been pretty bad on offense over the Nets’ last two games. In that span, he averaged just 5.5 points on a putrid 23.1% from deep, including an eight-point showing in Game 4 when Irving left early. With more defensive attention available for Harris tonight, I don’t expect his scoring totals to bounce back. He’s hit the over on this prop just twice in eight playoff games this season.
Giannis Antetokounmpo OVER 33.5 points
Despite the Nets being down both Harden and Kyrie, tonight’s Game 5 in Brooklyn has a line of Milwaukee (-4.5). The game is still projected to be close, so I’ll have to take the over on Giannis’ prop. His point totals in this series starting with Game 1 look favorable to support that: 34, 18, 33, 34. This game could be a defining one for Kevin Durant, but it is also vital for Giannis and potentially the future of the Bucks. Down 2-0, the team clawed its way back to even the series and caught a major break with just one of Brooklyn’s Big 3 healthy. Momentum is on the side of the Bucks, and this underachieving squad could take the next step to making the Eastern Conference Finals with a win in Brooklyn tonight.
Khris Middleton OVER 23.5 points
This is a tough one because of Middleton’s hot-and-cold play in the playoffs and particularly in this series. In Games 1 and 2, Middleton averaged just 15 points on 30.2% shooting from the floor and 23.1% from three. In Games 3 and 4, his averages rose dramatically to 27 points on 47.5% shooting from the field and 42.9% from three. Coming into this one hot and with a chance to seize a 3-2 series lead, I’ll bet the over on Middleton with optimism that he’ll rise to the occasion and post a quality scoring night.
Jrue Holiday UNDER 18.5 points
Despite hitting the go-ahead bucket (on a sweet spin move, nonetheless) in Milwaukee’s Game 3 victory, Holiday’s scoring in this series has been lackluster. He’s averaged just 13.3 points while contributing better than five boards and five dimes per contest. Milwaukee should have the upper hand against a severely-depleted Nets team tonight, and there’s no reason to believe Holiday will turn on the offense now. He’s scored 19 points or more in just two of eight games in this year’s playoffs, so I’m going with the under on this prop.
Brook Lopez UNDER 13.5 points
Lopez has been a key contributor for Milwaukee in this series, particularly in the team’s recent back-to-back wins, though he’s not been a high-volume scorer in those contests. Across the Bucks’ two wins in the series, Lopez has averaged 4.5 points, 11.0 rebounds, and 5.0 combined blocks/steals. He’s needed in the paint for defense and to occasionally hit a three, but he’s no primary scoring option. I’ll take the under tonight.