Here are our NBA player props for tonight's Hawks vs. Cavaliers match. The Rockets didn’t show up yesterday, and because of it our prop picks took a tumble.
Jeff Teague O/U 18.5 points
Jeff Teague has been anything but elite during the NBA playoffs, but he has shown some really great flashes in certain games. He just can’t put it all together to be that 20-point per night guy that the Hawks are desperately looking for. However, with his team banged up and backed against the wall tonight on the road, I bet we see the best Teague has to offer. With Kyrie Irving out in Game 2, and probably the rest of this series, Teague needs to take that as an insult, and with his NBA odds for points at only 18 ½ tonight at Bovada, I think it may be the perfect time to take the over with Teague. The Hawks point guard was aggressive and dropped 27 points on 24 shots in Game 1 of this series, but seemingly when his team needed him the most, he went 5-16 for only 12 points in 31 minutes in Game 2. I think he comes back out tonight and gets his shot early, and then looks to set up his teammates later in the game. Take the over.
NBA Player Props Pick: OVER 18 ½ points (-125)
Paul Millsap O/U ½ three-pointer made
Another guy who the Hawks are desperate for some help from is Paul Millsap. While more consistent than Teague, you wish he would be more aggressive at times too. However, one thing that has been noticeably missing from his game this postseason has been his three point shot. He was somewhat inconsistent with it this season, however over the last two-playoff series, his three point shooting has dried up. Millsap is 4-22 shooting threes in his last eight-playoff games. He has made only one three pointer in his last five games, and he is shooting several percentage points lower on threes in the playoffs than in the regular season. So, in my eyes he has a less than a 50-50 shot to make a three in this game with the amount he has been shooting from out there, and at the NBA Odds Bovada has for him not making any three in this game, the under looks like a worthy shot.
NBA Player Props Pick: UNDER (½) three pointer made (+150)
Dennis Schroder O/U 15 ½ points and assists
Dennis Schroder may be the future of the Atlanta Hawks at the point guard position, but so far in this series he has had to attempt to produce in very limited minutes. He hasn’t been great either, but at least he has been good in scoring the basketball off the bench. While his shooting leaves something to be desired, that can come in time. However, tonight he has an over/under for points and assists at 15 ½, which may be a little too high. Schroder hasn’t seen the court as much to start this Eastern Conference series, and I doubt he plays more than 15-18 minutes tonight. So far in the playoffs, the Hawks have a horrible Offensive Rating of 96.2 when Schroder is on the floor, and that number goes to nearly 109 when he sits. Plus, the Hawks have been much better on defense when he sits as well. The Hawks opponent’s Offensive Rating goes from 97.7 when Schroder is off the floor, and 107.5 when he on the floor. I think part of the adjustments coach Mike Budenholzer will make is playing Schroder less in this game, and possibly giving Shelvin Mack more run there. Even still, Schroder would have cashed the under for this number in his last four playoff games in a row, and in six of his last eight games as well. Take the under for your NBA pick.
NBA Player Props Pick: UNDER 15 ½ points and assists (-115)