A trio of Game 3s tips off on Thursday night, including a virtual must-win in the Bay Area. The Golden State Warriors have their backs against the wall and look to get on board with a win at home against the Sacramento Kings. Meanwhile, the Philadelphia 76ers have looked dominate and look to continue their winning ways in Brooklyn against the Nets.
Lastly, the Western Conference first-round matchup between the Phoenix Suns and Los Angeles Clippers shifts to L.A. tied 1-1. Below are a few player props I love tonight for the two matchups on the West Coast. Let’s get into the top NBA player props today.
NBA Player Props & Picks
Kevon Looney, Over 10.5 Rebounds (-135)
|Time | TV||10 p.m. ET | TNT|
The Golden State Warriors have their backs against the wall facing an 0-2 deficit against the Sacramento Kings without their best defender, Draymond Green. Kevon Looney has seen an uptick in production in the 11 games without Green this season, especially on the boards.
In those games, Looney is averaging 10.8 rebounds per game. Looney went over this line of 10.5 rebounds in five of the past six games without Green. Through the first two games of this Kings series, Green accounted for a total of 13 rebounds for the Warriors. On the other hand, Looney has grabbed seven and nine rebounds respectively in the first two games of the series. I believe Looney will be the beneficiary of the rebounds in the absence of Green.
Let’s not forget, the Kings allowed 15.5 rebounds per game to the center position during the regular season. I expect the defensive intensity to be up for the Warriors, especially at home, and for them to limit second-chance opportunities for the Kings. I love this prop up to 11.5.
Eric Gordon, Over 2.5 3-Pointers (+110)
|Time | TV||10:30 p.m. ET | NBA TV|
Editor’s Note: The Los Angeles Clippers have announced that Kawhi Leonard has been ruled out of Game 3 due to a right knee issue. For real-time injury updates, check out our FantasyLabs NBA news page.
The series between the Phoenix Suns and the Los Angeles Clippers will shift to Los Angeles tied at 1-1. The Clippers are giving the Suns all they can handle, and the Clippers have gotten significant contributions from the supporting cast. One player who has stepped up shooting the basketball well has been veteran Eric Gordon.
Gordon has gotten off to a hot start in both games so far in this series. He finished Games 1 and 2 with 19 and 12 points respectively, most of which have come from beyond the arc. Gordon has knocked down at least three 3-pointers in each of the first two games.
In Game 2 of this series, the Suns double-teamed Kawhi Leonard, which opened shots for guys like Gordon. He attempted a total of 16 3-point shots in the first two games of the series and I expect that to continue in game three in L.A. At plus odds, I will gladly take the Over 2.5 3-pointers.