Best NBA player prop for Sunday's slate: Ayton to dominate inside

Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton (22) celebrates with teammates after scoring the game winning shot against the Los Angeles Clippers in the second half during game two of the Western Conference Finals for the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Phoenix Suns Arena
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Germantas Kneita

NBA· 1 week ago

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As most Lithuanians, I started watching basketball from the age of six. Im based out in London and played basketball at the University of Lincoln here in the UK. I had always had an interest in the NBA but things really took off in the summer of 2010. That year Linas Kleiza led Lithuania to 3rd place at the World Championships and signed with the Toronto Raptors to replace the departing Chris Bosh. I've been a Raptors fan from that day and I've not missed a game since. I love nothing more than a bet and tend to focus on NBA and soccer matches.

There are 5 games on tonight’s NBA slate which includes an interesting matchup in the Eastern Conference. Last season’s surprise package the New York Knicks will be taking on the Chicago Bulls, who themselves will have similar aspirations this season.

Out west, the Phoenix Suns will be hoping to keep the longest winning streak in the league alive against the Denver Nuggets. I’ve picked out my favourite player prop for today’s games, check it out below.

Deandre Ayton over 14.5 points (-120)

With Nikola Jokic potentially missing for the Nuggets, Deandre Ayton could be left to feast in the paint. The Phoenix Suns center was able to score 15 in the first meeting between the teams with the reigning MVP in the lineup. Without him, Ayton will likely see time against Jeff Green and JaMychal Green tonight. Both of these player give up a significant height and weight advantage, which could lead to additional post up opportunities for Ayton. On top of that, they could struggle to interrupt the pick and roll between Chris Paul and the Suns center.

The Nuggets are ranked only 19th in the league in opponent points in the paint, which could only get worse without the presence of a traditional big man. On top of that they could struggle to keep Ayton off the offensive boards. Ayton is averaging 3.2 offensive rebounds per game this season but those numbers could spike tonight. Grabbing offensive boards around the rim should allow him to create opportunities for himself in great scoring positions, which should go a long way to helping him clear this line. Back the over on Ayton points.

Be sure to check out our full game preview for Denver Nuggets vs Phoenix Suns

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