Two games on Friday with the Nets looking to extend their series lead to 3-0, while the Jazz will host the Clippers in Game 2. The Bucks have had their fair share of offensive troubles this series, and it’s hard to see Jrue Holiday producing a big performance alongside Giannis and Middleton.
Here are The Wolf’s Friday NBA predictions.
The Wolf is a huge Jrue Holiday fan but the points line set for Game 3 against the Nets appears too high based on his post-season numbers.
Holiday is averaging 15.2 points per game in the playoffs, covering the 19.5 points just once – Game 1 against the Heat, meaning he hasn’t scored 20+ in his last five games.
In the two games this series against Brooklyn, Holiday averages 15 points, scoring just 13 points in Game 2 from 10 field goal attempts. The attempts are concerning – Giannis and Middleton continue to shoot the ball close to 20 times per game, but Holiday is averaging just 13.5 shot attempts in the post-season which makes it awfully difficult to have 20 points. This is down on the 15 field goal attempts per game from the last three months.
With the Bucks down 2-0, expect Giannis’ usage to take a significant spike, and although Holiday will play a vital role on the defensive end and as a distributor, it’s hard to see him exploding for 20+ in Game 3.
Same Game Multi: Jrue Holiday Under 19.5 Points / Joe Harris 10+ Points / Kevin Durant Under 9.5 Rebounds = $4.20
The Clippers went straight into the Jazz series off the back of a seven-game series with the Mavericks, and nearly pinched it in Game 1. Kawhi was slightly quieter than his standard playoff output, and as a result we receive a reduced points line of 27.5.
Playing just 36 minutes in Game 1, expect an increase in Game 2 closer to the 40-minute mark. In the series against the Mavericks, Kawhi averaged 32.1 points from just under 41 minutes per game.
When Kawhi played the Jazz in their last regular season game he finished with 29 points in 38 minutes, shooting 24 field goal attempts. With his attempts at just 19 in Game 1 due to the offensive spread from Luke Kennard, Ivica Zubac, Reggie Jackson and Marcus Morris, don’t expect this again in Game 2.
The Clippers would love to square the series heading back to LA, and that means a big game from Kawhi Leonard.
Same Game Multi: Kawhi Leonard Over 27.5 Points / Donovan Mitchell 30+ Points / Rudy Gobert 12+ Rebounds = $4.50
Jrue Holiday Under 19.5 Points / Kawhi Leonard Over 27.5 Points / Rudy Gobert 12+ Rebounds = $5.12