The path to the NBA Finals continues Tuesday with two more national TV games on TNT. It starts with the reeling Bucks hosting the injured Wizards and then features another game that will lose some of its star power with the Nets traveling to Phoenix. Each week throughout the season, TheLines will look at some matchups for the televised slates and try to figure if there are any TNT NBA player props worth a look.
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Washington Wizards At Milwaukee Bucks
The first thing to note about this game is Washington will be missing star SG Bradley Beal, who will be out with a wrist injury. And that may create a betting angle right there, but perhaps not the one you’d expect.
While Washington started out the year hot and has been an OK team overall, they’ve actually been much better with Beal off the court this season. He has a net rating of -2.3 per 100 possessions. His numbers have taken a huge dive relative to last season, when he shot the ball better from everywhere and finished second to Stephen Curry for the scoring title.
Playing against a title-contending team, we might get an inflated line on the Wizards here.
The problem is said team has not played its best of late either. The Bucks have dropped eight of their past 14 despite generally looking healthier than they’ve been all season.
Kyle Kuzma Props
Where the Bucks have really struggled is defending the 3-point line. No surprise as this has been their plan for several seasons running. The difference this year is opponents have punished them much more heavily with better shooting.
Luckily for them, Washington both takes and makes 3s at a bottom-five rate, according to Cleaning The Glass.
The one player who may be able to take advantage is Kyle Kuzma. He has taken a decent volume of 3s and is making them at a somewhat low but OK clip of 33%. He should have an increased shot volume here with Beal on the sideline.
A solid Bucks D may not be a great matchup overall but Kuzma’s 3-point prop is worth a look.
Giannis Antetokounmpo Props
Washington does have a surprisingly competent defense from a theory standpoint, in terms of shot diet allowed.
When players do get into the paint, however, they convert at the second-best rate in the league. Washington has also been on the weaker side on the boards, ranking 21st in rebounding rate according to ESPN.
Look for Giannis Antetokounmpo to dominate inside. He has seen a bit more time at center with Bobby Portis losing some minutes lately and the team not really having any other options without Brook Lopez. That might warrant a look at over Giannis’ rebounding prop.
Brooklyn Nets At Phoenix Suns
Even more is in flux when we look at the second game on the TNT NBA slate for Feb. 1. This should have been a potential NBA Finals preview but instead looks like it will feature at least one key player out on both sides.
For the Nets, much hinges on the availability of maybe-disgruntled star James Harden. It sounded like he was going to play the team’s previous game against Golden State before he was announced out with a “hand strain.” He should be expected to play. The team has a solid net rating of +4.7 when Harden and Kyrie Irving play without Kevin Durant, although the sample is small, per CTG.
Though the Suns have even more players injured, most of them are replaceable bodies. Deandre Ayton perhaps less so, as he remains out with an ankle injury.
But, like with Beal, the team has actually been better without him, as scrap heap pickup Bismack Biyombo has been rebounding and protecting the rim at a tremendous level. He might have a nice game here but you’ll have to use our player prop finder to see if you can find any markets for him.
Kyrie Irving And James Harden Props
That defensive ability reflects what the Suns do best as a whole — prevent rim attacks. They force opponents to take more shots in the mid-range than all but one other team.
They manage that while also limiting 3-point attempts to mostly difficult above-the-break shots. Now, Harden excels in such shots, but this looks to be an overall better matchup for Irving.
Irving is outstanding converting in the in-between space that the Suns direct opposing scorers. Though he forced some tough looks against the Warriors, increased spacing offered by Harden might help him out.
With the Suns playing elite defense, it’s going to take a crazy shooting day for Harden to hit his overs unless the market posts noticeably lower numbers than his season averages.
Irving might be a better bet to produce some numbers but he has to contend with an elite defense so tread cautiously.
Devin Booker And Chris Paul Props
Of course, Phoenix brings its own pair of star guards.
Devin Booker has been on an absolute tear since the middle of January. Since Jan. 14, he’s averaging 32/6/4 and that includes a 5-for-23 stinker against Indiana where he tallied 11 points.
You might be inclined to sell high, but what’s really scary is he hasn’t even shot the ball all that well. He has only made 31% of his 3s in that time frame.
Nets rookie Kessler Edwards had some impressive possessions guarding Stephen Curry down the stretch. Booker brings a different sort of challenge with more of a 1-on-1 attack. How you think Edwards holds up might inform your approach to Booker’s markets.
Chris Paul looks like he may benefit from the Nets’ preferred switching scheme. He has made a career out of roasting big guys with a steady diet of mid-rangers, and he can orchestrate matchups as he pleases against this predictable scheme.
According to the league’s official tracking, Paul rates in the 82nd percentile for scoring efficiency as the pick-and-roll ball handler. What’s more, his scoring frequency of 47.2% ranks 16th out of 177 players using at least one such possession per game.
If he looks for his shot more, he can probably get over a modest scoring total.