We could possibly see an elimination tonight as the Clippers are up 3-2 on the Rockets and play at home and the Cavaliers are up 3-2 on the Bulls and this game is played in Chi-Town. Teams will be desperate and in betting player props, we welcome desperation. Here are your picks for Thursday.
How Many 3- Pointers Will Derrick Rose Make?
Over 1.5 -200
Under 1.5 +160
I must admit, I've totally flipped the script on Derrick Rose. I had thought that he had basically given up on being a basketball player, but if you watch the playoffs, he's one of the best 3 players out on the court and has been on top of his game with his shooting and penetration. Rose played really well at the United Center with back to back 30 point efforts. Chicago simply can't win without him. Expect him to go all out and eclipse the 1.5 point 3-pointer prop.
NBA Playoffs Props Pick- Over 1.5 -200
Total Points For Derrick Rose
Over 21.5 -145
Under 21.5 - +115
Rose had a quieter game offensively in game 5 at Cleveland, but this is an elimination game. Jimmy Butler may be an up and coming player, but Rose is still the main star on the Bulls when he's at his best. He faces elimination and I expect him to come out strong with the support of the hometown fans. Rose can't be guarded by any Cavaliers guard.
NBA Playoffs Props Pick- Over 21.5
Total Points For Jimmy Butler
Over 21.5 -115
Under 21.5 -115
Butler has been the Bulls' best scorer this season and he's only going to get better. While this is true, he's going to have his hands full guarding LeBron James and that will take all of the energy that he has to expend. His defense is just as important to the Bulls as his offense when guarding the best player on the planet. Expect his offense to suffer a bit.
NBA Playoffs Props Pick- Under 21.5 -115
Total Points For LeBron James
Over 30.5 -115
Under 30.5 -115
The Bulls have always been a tough team in the past defensively and LeBron hasn't always had his best games offensively in Chicago. That said, he's a Cav again and is playing like a man on a mission. When he gets in this mode, he passes the ball less and shoots more often. The only obstacle where the over is concerned is dealing with Jimmy Butler. James is the more seasoned player and that will win out in the end. Make the over one of your NBA picks.
NBA Playoffs Props Pick- Over 30.5 -115
Total Points For James Harden
Over 27.5 -135
Under 27.5 +105
Harden might be getting triple-doubles, but his shot isn't falling like it was for most of the season. It seems like he's not the same basketball player that he was since losing out on the MVP award to Stephen Curry. The Clippers have been the better team, deserve to win this series, and this is a side that I, personally, have never seen of Harden. How will he react in an elimination game on the road? NBA odds makers know that he's going to jack up a ton of shots whether they fall or not. Over is the play for this prop.
NBA Playoffs Props Pick- Over 27.5 -135 at Bovada