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Top 3 NBA Player Props for April 17: Can the Nets Shut Down Joel Embiid?

Joel Embiid Philadelphia 76ers Brooklyn Nets
Joel Embiid 21 of the Philadelphia 76ers controls the ball against Spencer Dinwiddie 26 and Nic Claxton 33 of the Brooklyn Nets on April 15 2023 Mitchell LeffGetty ImagesAFP

NBA Prop Pick: Joel Embiid Under 32.5 Points (-106) at Caesars Sportsbook


Picks Summary

  • Joel Embiid Under 32.5 Points (-106)
  • Spencer Dinwiddie Over 8.5 Assists (-101)
  • Kevin Huerter Under 2.5 Threes (-111)

We’ve got two exciting NBA Payoff matchups on the horizon tonight. Here are three player props to consider for your NBA picks on these two games.


Brooklyn Nets vs. Philadelphia 76ers

Monday, April 17, 2023 – 07:30 PM EDT at Wells Fargo Center


Is Joel Embiid Over-Hyped?

The Philadelphia 76ers earned a 121-101 win in the first game of the first-round series against the Nets. Joel Embiid took 15 shots and nailed seven, scoring 26 points in the game. Embiid is also very good at getting to the foul line and will try to sell every single play with a bit of contact, but his line is sitting at 32.5 points tonight. That’s a bit much.

Embiid has hit 33 or more points in one of his last five and three of his last ten. The Nets are still a top-ten defense when it comes to points allowed. The Sixers played Embiid for 33 minutes in that game. And if you think tonight’s game won’t play out any different, he’ll likely see about 33 minutes in tonight’s 20-point blowout win.

The 76ers aren’t getting a lot of contributions from the bench. But Paul Reed added 11 points in 13 minutes. He stole a little bit of Embiid’s shine in that game.

The Pick

Therefore, I will take Embiid to go Under 32.5 points tonight. He’s the MVP, but he’s not perfect.

NBA Prop Pick: Joel Embiid Under 32.5 Points (-106) at Caesars Sportsbook


Can Spencer Dinwiddie Facilitate Nets’ Offense?

Spencer Dinwiddie played 36 minutes for the Nets on Saturday. He added 14 points with seven assists and three rebounds. The Nets shot over 55% from the field. The offense wasn’t terrible, but they’ll need to limit turnovers and find ways to stick around against the 76ers.

That’s on Dinwiddie. He’s averaged 6.5 assists per game this season but added 12 assists per game in the final four regular-season games for the Nets. Dinwiddie has earned at least nine assists in 65% of his last 20 games and hit his line in seven of his last ten games. He fell short against the 76ers but don’t let that stop you from taking over his assist prop tonight.

Dinwiddie has been ultra-consistent, adding at least 11 of his last 15 games.

The Pick

I would not be surprised if Dinwiddie added at least 11 assists in tonight’s game.

NBA Prop Pick: Spencer Dinwiddie Over 8.5 Assists (-101) at Caesars Sportsbook


Golden State Warriors vs. Sacramento Kings

Monday, April 17, 2023 – 10:00 PM EDT at Golden 1 Center


Is The Golden State Dyntasy Over?

The Golden State Warriors dynasty isn’t over. The Warriors lost in a close game against the Kings on the road in Game 1 of the series. The Kings just made a couple more buckets to close the game, but the Warriors are still favorites to win the series, despite Sacramento earning a win. It would be a different situation if the Kings defeated the Warriors on the road.

However, right now, the Warriors are even favorites to win tonight’s game on the road. Golden State defeated the Kings in three of four regular season games. Golden State has Andrew Wiggins back in the mix and should be able to earn a win on the road at some point in the series.

I can’t say the same about the Kings. The Kings are super fun to watch and play the best way. They’re balanced with good guard, wing, and forward play. But it’s hard to match a Warriors team that won the title last year.

What Happened to Kevin Huerter?

Kevin Huerter has hit three threes in 50% of games this season, but recently, he’s been missing. He’s nailed three or more threes in four of his last ten games. And he’s also hit three or more threes in none of his last five games.

Hureter started for the Kings and played 31 minutes, but he went 0-for-5 from deep. He even had a game in early April where he shot 2-for-12 from three.

He’s not hitting with any kind of consistency from deep and might not even get the volume to hit three threes tonight.

The Pick

Take Kevin Huerter’s Under 2.5 threes line.

NBA Prop Pick: Kevin Huerter Under 2.5 Threes (-111) at Caesars Sportsbook

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