Adam Ronis' best NBA Playoffs player props for Heat vs Celtics Game 4 on Monday 5/23: Brown cleans the glass
The Eastern Conference finals resume on Monday night with the Boston Celtics hosting the Miami Heat. The Heat won Game 3 on the road, 109-103, despite Jimmy Butler sitting the second half with knee inflammation. Butler is expected to play tonight. My record is 105-80-1 for the season and here are my player props picks for tonight.
Jaylen Brown over 6.5 rebounds (-135 on Caesars)
Jaylen Brown has gone over this total in all 3 games of the series with 10, 8 and 9 rebounds. If the game is close, he’s going to play 42-44 minutes as he has played 43, 33 and 42 minutes so far. The 33 minutes came in a 127-102 win and he still had 8 rebounds. In the last 10 playoff games, Brown has topped this line 7 times.
In 6 games against the Heat this season, he is averaging 7.7 rebounds per game, and he has at least 8 rebounds in 8 of the last 11 games. Even with Robert Williams on the floor, Brown is getting a lot of rebounds. Williams sat out Game 3 and is questionable for Game 4.
Marcus Smart over 6.5 assists (-115 on BetMGM)
Marcus Smart is averaging 15 assist chances per game in the series. Smart sat out Game 1 due to injury and had 12 assists in Games 2 and 7 of the last game. The Celtics guard has gone over this total in 5 of the last 6 games. In the regular season against the Heat, he had 8, 7 and 2 assists.
It’s a big game for Boston and as long as Smart is healthy, he should play around 40 minutes in a competitive game. The Celtics shot 48.7% from the field in Game 3, but only took 70 shots from the field compared to 92 for the Heat due to turning the ball over 23 times.
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