Top 3 NBA Player Props for May 3: Jayson Tatum to the Rescue?

76ers vs. Celtics: Jayson Tatum Over 29.5 Points (-115) at BetMGM

Picks Summary

  • Jayson Tatum Over 29.5 Points (-115) at BetMGM
  • Joel Embiid Over 9.5 Rebounds (-104) at Caesars Sportsbook
  • James Harden Double-Double / Yes (+175) at BetMGM

Tonight the Boston Celtics host the Philadelphia 76ers in Game 2 of their semifinal playoff series.

This gives us an excellent opportunity to use the OddsTrader tool to find the very best NBA player props.

Philadelphia 76ers vs. Boston Celtics

Wednesday, May 03, 2023 – 08:00 PM EDT at TD Garden

Jayson Tatum (Boston Celtics)

The Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers will play Game 2 of their second-round series in Boston tonight. The 76ers got the upset victory in Game 1 so we know that all hands will be on deck for the Celtics here in Game 2.

If the 76ers were to win tonight, they would most likely win the series with the next two games being played in Philadelphia. So the Celtics now have to get the win tonight.

The Pick

Jayson Tatum is the leader of the Boston Celtics offense. During the playoffs, Jayson Tatum is averaging 28.9 points per game in an average of 40 minutes per game. During the regular season, Tatum averaged 30.1 points per game.

In Boston’s Game 1 loss against Philadelphia, Tatum scored 39 points and had 11 rebounds. He has gone over tonight’s prop total in three of his last four games. Over that four-game span, Tatum averaged 29.5 points per game.

NBA Prop Pick: Jayson Tatum Over 29.5 Points (-115) at BetMGM

Joel Embiid (Philadelphia 76ers)

• Over 9.5 Rebounds

The Philadelphia 76ers were able to get the Game 1 win without the play of this season’s MVP Joel Embiid. Embiid is listed as probable for tonight and reportedly told his teammates that he expects to play in this game.

We are handicapping this game as if he were to play and expecting he will be healthy and ready to dominate.

The Pick

Joel Embid is the heart and soul of the Sixers team. Over the playoffs, Embiid is averaging 11.3 rebounds per game. He had a 19-rebound performance against Brooklyn in Game 2.

Embiid has a similar size advantage over the Boston Celtics, who run smaller than most teams. He will be back and ready to make a statement.

The team was able to get a win without him. Embiid will want to prove that he is the team’s leader and capable of leading them to a playoff win. He will do that by going over his rebounding prop tonight.

NBA Prop Pick: Joel Embiid Over 9.5 Rebounds (-104) at Caesars Sportsbook

James Harden (Philadelphia 76ers)

James Harden showed he still has the offensive acumen in order to be a dominant offensive creator. Harden had 45 points in the 76ers’ Game 1 win. However, during this season, Harden is averaging around 20 points per game and has been more of a traditional point guard and facilitator rather than the primary engine of the offense.

Harden will play the traditional point guard/facilitator role this evening.

The Pick

James Harden’s basketball IQ is severely underrated by most observers of the NBA. Harden has a keen eye for the game, and his instincts make him an elite passer.

Defenders know they must play Harden close because of his ability to hit three-point shots, which gives him wider passing lanes for him to find teammates who are cutting to the rim or sneaking past flare screens for wide-open three-point shots.

He has dished plenty of assists for layups and three-pointers this season and that will continue tonight. Although Harden will not lead the team in scoring, he will lead the offense with his unique brand of passing and shooting.

NBA Prop Pick: James Harden Double-Double / Yes (+175) at BetMGM is your sports betting command center. Read featured betting strategy compiled from a panel of leading sports betting experts.

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