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The NBA Playoffs on Tuesday night features some of the most exciting post-season matchups. We've got all the most intriguing player props on the evening!
When the Boston Celtics host the Atlanta Hawks in Game 2 of their First Round series, veteran big man Al Horford's impact will be felt again. For Cleveland Cavaliers center Jarret Allen he'll need to continue to support his frontcourt partner on the glass against the hard-nosed New York Knicks. Kevin Durant aims to level the series when his Phoenix Suns host the LA Clippers in Game 2 of their Western Conference First-Round series. And don't sleep on Kawhi Leonard's playmaking after his incredible offensive outburst in Game 1 against the Suns.
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An NBA veteran in the truest sense, Al Horford's performance for the Boston Celtics has been critical to their success on both ends of the court. At BetRivers, Horford is a +104 to clear 6.5 rebounds when he faces the Atlanta Hawks for Game 2 of their First Round playoff series. After a strong Game 1 showing, with heavy minutes no less, Horford looks on track to remain productive.
In Game 1 against the Hawks, Horford posted 6 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 blocks on 50.0% from the field - with his only two field goals coming from three-point range. On the season, Horford has averaged 9.8 points. 6.2 rebounds and 3.0 assists on 47.6% from the field and 44.6% from three-point range.
Horford's ability to stretch the defense and battle down low troubled the Hawks through Game 1. Clint Capela is a difficult matchup, but with aggressive rebounding guards flanking him, Horford's productivity on the glass doesn't project to dip. A steady rebounder regardless of the outcome, Horford's 38 minutes in Game 1 is promising for his expected production in Game 2.
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Cleveland Cavaliers big man, Jarrett Allen's production, may not jump off the stat sheet, but he's crucial to his team's success - particularly on the defensive side of the ball. At Caesars Sportsbook, Allen is a +100 to collect 11 or more rebounds when he faces the New York Knicks in Game 2.
Overall, Allen has averaged 14.3 points, 9.8 rebounds, and 1.2 blocks per game on 64.4% shooting from the field. In his last match, a loss to the New York Knicks, Allen posted 14 points, 14 rebounds, and 4 assists on 75.0% shooting from the field. Between himself and frontcourt partner Evan Mobley, Jarrett Allen was Cleveland's only threat on the boards.
The New York Knicks are a hard-working team that matches up well with Cleveland's frontcourt. With New York willing to play big, expect Allen to maintain his excellent form on the glass. Averaging 10.2 rebounds in victories versus 9.0 in losses, Allen's presence in the paint is crucial to the quality of the Cavaliers' defense.
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The Phoenix Suns suffered the biggest upset of the First Round when they dropped Game 1 against the LA Clippers, despite the efforts of Kevin Durant and offensive contributions. Despite being checked by an all-defense level defender in Kawhi Leonard, Durant projects to maintain his scoring production. At PointsBet, Durant is a +110 to bounce back and clear 2.5 threes when he faces the LA Clippers.
Since joining the Phoenix Suns, Durant averaged 26.0 points, 6.4 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and 2.8 threes per game on 57.0% from the field and 52.7% from the three-point range. In Game 1 against the LA Clippers, Durant posted 27 points, 11 assists, 9 rebounds, and 3 three-pointers on 46.7% from the field and 42.9% from the three-point range. Having played just one game against the LA Clippers in the regular season,
Against a rugged Clippers defense, Durant's scoring ability will be more vital to the Suns' chances at leveling the series. Durant's contributions from range are critical to hitting 2.1 threes in victories versus 1.6 in losses. Leading the Suns in three-point attempts last game, expect Durant's output to stay strong.
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With Paul George out for the Clippers' First Round series, the weight of LA's chances fall on the capable shoulders of Kawhi Leonard. After an explosive offensive performance in Game 1, expect the two-time NBA Finals MVP to maintain his fantastic offensive output. At DraftKings Sportsbook, Leonard is a +110 to clear 4.5 assists when he faces the Phoenix Suns in Game 2.
Playing just 52 games this season, Leonard averaged 23.8 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 3.9 assists on 51.2% from the field and 41.6% from three-point range. In Game 1 against the Suns, Leonard put up 38 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists on 54.2% shooting from the field and 50.0% from three-point range. As the Clippers' most dangerous offensive option, expect Leonard to see an even more intense defense in Game 2.
Leonard may have only played 52 games this season, but he collected 5 or more assists in 17 appearances. His playmaking was also vital in victories, as he averaged 4.0 assists to just 3.2 in losses. Given his recent offensive outburst, the Suns will blitz Leonard on defense, so don't be surprised to see him put on his playmaking cap in Game 2.
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