Hurray for excellent weekend basketball prop bets, ladies and gentlemen!
Who needs spreads and money lines when you have the most entertaining aspect of sports gambling right at your fingertips: the prop bet.
Weekend Basketball Prop Bets
The Milwaukee Bucks take on the Atlanta Hawks at home in Game Two Friday night, and the Los Angeles Clippers will look to tie the Phoenix Suns at 2-2 when they clash Saturday night. Game Three between the Hawks and Bucks will also go down Sunday, but we are going to ignore that one since the storylines are still being formed.
Bucks vs Hawks
Bogdan Bogdanovic -9.5 points (+124)
There are many appealing props in this clash between Eastern Conference foes, but none more appealing than Bogdan Bogdanovic to score 9.5 or fewer points at +124 odds. Bogdanovic had averaged 16.4 points in the playoffs until he began to battle knee soreness starting after Game Four against the Philadelphia 76ers, and he has not scored more than seven points since.
The first-year member of the Hawks has also lost a chunk of playing time since his knee problems began to flare up, and he is severely limited in what he can do athletically.
Trae Young 4.5+ rebounds (+126)
Another Game Two prop that looks appealing is Trae Young over 4.5 rebounds (+126). The Bucks attempted 36 threes in Game One and have centered their entire approach around long-range prowess, though they have massively struggled to knock down shots in these playoffs, shooting 8-36 (22.2%) in the first series matchup and 30.4% for the series.
One of basketball’s oldest adages is “long shot, long rebound”; the optimistically-listed 6-foot-1 Young will not need to fight with 7-footers for rebounds when they are bouncing out to him at the perimeter. It has become clear that the Hawks go as their young point guard does, and he will see most of the night’s action after playing 41 minutes on Wednesday (during which he collected seven rebounds). Look for him to haul in another five or six boards as the Bucks continue to struggle from long range.
Clippers vs Suns
Clippers win 1-10 (+195)
Throughout the playoffs, the Clippers have thrived on momentum; this played a major factor in Game Three and allowed the Clips to open up a sizable lead as Devin Booker and Chris Paul struggled, shooting 10-40 as a tandem. I expect the Clippers to come back from their third-straight 0-2 hole to tie the series at 2-2 behind a big night from Paul George, who has scored well but inefficiently since losing Kawhi Leonard to injury.
The Clippers have +195 odds to win by 1-10 points as +1 underdogs, and I suspect they will do just that— Phoenix is not a team to get blown out often, and Game Three will prove to be an aberration. LA has played most teams tight and been able to overcome deficits throughout the playoffs, and I like them to win this one, regardless of what the Suns throw their way.
Half-time under 107.5 (-106)
Two of three games in this series would have covered the halftime under, with Game One’s 111-point first half total being the exception. The Suns do not shoot enough threes to make this as much of a gamble as a team like Utah would have, and they were horrible from the field in Game Three. Although I expect Phoenix’s backcourt to make more than 25% of its field goals, losing Cameron Payne to an ankle injury hurts the second unit a lot and deprives them of a true playmaker, making E’Twaun Moore the de facto point guard.
The Clippers have been able to heat up during the third and fourth quarters in these playoffs, especially from three, and are not known for getting off to hot starts. I suspect they will continue the trend, and both teams may not even combine for 100 first-half points. The odds on this prop are not as good as the others, but that is to be expected with a cut and dry bet.
These should make you some money as you kick back for weekend ball, so have faith, and enjoy spending your earnings on a Sunday treat.
Grant Mitchell is a sportswriter and multimedia contributor for the Sports 2.0 Network dealing with basketball, football, soccer, and other major sports: you can connect with him on Twitter @milemitchell to stay up to date with the latest sports news and to engage personally with him.