NBA Playoff Player Prop Picks for Thursday, April 25

Ernie Horn
By Ernie HornPublished: April 25, 2024
NBA Playoff Player Prop Picks for Thursday, April 25

 The NBA Playoffs continue in full force today as the games change venues for this week’s games. All three teams in action tonight are 2-0 against their competition, having won the first two games on their home court.

 Now, can the Orlando Magic, the Philadelphia 76ers, and the Los Angeles Lakers make their way out of a deficit to have a competitive series against the Cleveland Cavaliers, the New York Knicks, and the Denver Nuggets?

We’ll provide insight into which players bettors should follow in this edition of the NBA Playoff player prop bets for Thursday, April 25.

 

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Donovan Mitchell UNDER 3.5 3-Point Field Goals

Cleveland’s homecourt advantage has been worth at least 10 points a night as the Cavaliers have won both games thus far by a combined 24 points. Shooting guard Donovan Mitchell is a big reason for their success as the 26.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.0 steals, and 3.5 assists per outing in the playoffs.

Mitchell is shooting less than 30% from long range during the playoffs, hitting on 5-of-18 from behind the arc. While he’s still finding ways to score, the guard is not connecting on his plethora of three-point shots.

Expect him to continue his ho-hum three-point shooting performance tonight when the Magic host the Cavs.

Jalen Brunson OVER 4.5 Rebounds

Although closer than expected, the New York Knicks continue to find ways to win games over the Philadelphia 76ers. The team has won five of their six outings this year, and the Knicks are finding ways to slow down the 76ers’ big man Joel Embiid (more on him later).

That’s especially tough with Julius Randle out of the lineup. Through his team’s first two games, Brunson has snagged 7.5 rebounds per night – including 2.5 offensive rebounds each night.

That type of production is necessary against Philadelphia, giving his team more opportunities to score against the bigger lineup. Expect Brunson to continue finding ways to rebound and cover his player rebound prop bet.

D’Angelo Russell OVER 17.5 Points

The Los Angeles Lakers dropped a 101-99 game Monday to Denver, a game that ended in controversy as D’Angelo Russell was seemingly fouled but did not get the call.

LeBron James, Anthony Davis, and Russell all come up big for the Lakers in that game, scoring all but 18 of the team’s 99 points. Russell recovered from a 13-point showing two days before scoring 23 points in the second game of the series.

Expect Russell to continue his point production, trending north of the player point prop bet line over the next 2-3 games, depending on how long the Lakers can keep this series alive.

Joel Embiid OVER 48.5 Pts + Reb + Ast

Philadelphia entered the playoffs as one of the hottest teams in the league, winning five straight contests as well as earning a sixth-straight victory in the play-in game against the Miami Heat.

One reason for their recent success is the return of big man Joel Embiid, who missed more than half the season recovering from injuries. In the first two games, Embiid is averaging 31.5 points, 9.0 rebounds, and 6.0 assists per outing.

To eclipse this player combo prop bet, Embiid will need to have a similar outing to his second game, scoring 34 points, grabbing 10 boards, and dishing out six assists. Expect the big man to eclipse this 48.5 combo mark Thursdasy against the Knicks.

Ernie Horn

Ernie Horn

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Ernie brings 25 years of experience in the newspaper sector to the table. Initially, he dedicated his career to sports journalism, both reporting and editing, before transitioning to the digital sphere in 2022. At EatWatchDraft, Ernie focuses on covering college football and NFL Daily Fantasy Sports.