It’s time for Game 2 of the Western Conference Semifinals between the Los Angeles Lakers and Golden State Warriors. The Lakers stole home-court advantage with a victory in Game 1 and now Golden State will look to even the series. Here are a few player props I like for Game 2 on Thursday night.
NBA Player Props & Picks
Anthony Davis, Over 14.5 Rebounds (-105)
|Time | TV||9 p.m. ET | ESPN|
Anthony Davis has been a monster on the glass during the postseason. Davis is averaging 15 rebounds per game in the playoffs and has been able to use his height and length to lead the Lakers in rebounding. In Game 1, Davis grabbed 23 rebounds for the Lakers. In fact, Davis has grabbed 15 or more rebounds in three of five playoff games.
Davis should continue to dominate the glass because there will be times where the Warriors decide to go to their small-ball lineup, which allows Davis to be the biggest player on the floor and dominate on the glass.
Additionally, Davis is playing significant minutes. In Game 1, Davis played a team-high 44 minutes. He’s averaging 37.4 minutes per game, which also leads the team. Further, the Lakers dominated in the paint, outscoring the Warriors 54-28. Davis should also be able to get offensive rebounds in this matchup as the Lakers dominate inside with their length and size. This should be a huge series for Davis and I expect that to continue in Game 2. Take Over 14.5 Rebounds.
Andrew Wiggins, Over 5.5 Rebounds (-140)
As great as Kevon Looney has been on the boards, Wiggins has also been quietly getting his rebounds. Thus far in the playoffs, Wiggins is averaging 5.9 rebounds per game. However, Wiggins has grabbed six or more rebounds in four of the past five games, including in three straight.
In Game 1, Wiggins grabbed six rebounds for the Warriors. Furthermore, Wiggins has particularly been exceptional on the offensive rebounding front. In fact, 34.3% of Wiggins’ rebounds are offensive over the past five games. The Warriors aren’t shy about going to their “death lineup”, during which Wiggins plays center. In Game 1, we saw the Warriors go their small-ball lineup and, as a result, Wiggins collected rebounds.
Wiggins is also averaging 35.3 minutes per game in the playoffs. If the Warriors want to even up the series against the Lakers, they’ll have to limit second-chance opportunities and clear the glass.