It was a split pair of tickets for us Monday in Game 7 of the Celtics and Wizards, but now at Game 2 for the Spurs and Warriors on Tuesday, with probably no Kawhi Leonard, we have some nice prop options from Bovada sportsbook.
NBA Playoffs Props Record: 7-7LaMarcus Aldridge O/U 22.5 Points
Aldridge did all he could in Game 1 to try and steal a game on the road against the Warriors. However, the injury to Kawhi Leonard was too much to overcome for the Spurs in the second half, leaving a void in the offense.
With Leonard doubtful tonight and the Spurs trying to remain competitive, their only option is to stick Aldridge on the post and let him go to work. His diverse offensive game could give the Warriors problems in a number of different ways.
Aldridge has also been a monster on the road over the course of the playoffs. At home he is averaging a sub-par 13.3 points per game. However, on the road Aldridge has been a beast. He is averaging 26.0 points per game over his last four away games and is averaging well over 20 points per game on the road this postseason.
Combined with the probable loss of Leonard for Game 2, 25 or more shot attempts for Aldridge tonight is not out of the question. If he is getting 20-plus attempts, which he has gotten four times in his last five games, I love the 'over' here despite the juice.Free NBA Pick: 'Over' 22.5 (-135)Best Lines Offered: Bovada Jonathon Simmons O/U 13.5 Points
Without Leonard in the lineup, the Spurs will have to find offense in some other way to make up for it. Aldridge is obviously going to take on a bigger load on offense, but the main weapon the Spurs have at slowing down the wings from Golden State is Simmons.
Simmons also has no conscious. He will take shots without hesitation, and on a Gregg Popovich-coached team that is rare. He has a lot of Jimmy Butler qualities, and I think those come out tonight.
While Simmons will have to put out a lot of energy trying to slow down Kevin Durant, Simmons’ job on offense will be to put pressure on Durant and make him defend. Durant is a good defender, but Simmons is quicker and just as strong as the wiry Durant. I could see him trying to shoot open shots, take Durant to the basket and get to the free throw line. If all that happens, look for 15-16 points from Simmons, who is averaging 17.8 points per 36 minutes in the playoffs.Free NBA Pick: 'Over' 13.5 (-135)