Best player props for Wednesday’s NBA Playoffs slate: Harris to fill the void for the 76ers?

Philadelphia 76ers forward Tobias Harris (12) dribbles as Washington Wizards guard Ish Smith (14) defense in the second half during game four in the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs.
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Filip Tomic

NBA· 3 months ago

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Long time NBA fan, have been following the game closely for 21 years now. Joining the Pickswise writing staff for the 2020-21 season. Hopefully we can make some money together! Oh, and I firmly believe Lebron James is not one of the two best basketball players of all time. Yeah, I said it.

We’ve got another four-game slate coming our way in the NBA Playoffs this Wednesday! The 76ers, Hawks, and Jazz all have the chance to close out their first-round series’ against their respective opponents, while the deadlock between the Mavericks and Clippers will be broken. Be sure to check out our picks on the side and total for each of tonight’s matchups, with our experts boasting a fantastic 40-22 record since the start of the NBA postseason.

But for now, it’s time to focus on our best player prop bets for Wednesday’s action.

Tobias Harris to Score 30+ Points (+156)

Harris is no stranger to having big games for the Philadelphia 76ers, especially when Joel Embiid isn’t available. He has already had a 37-point explosion in the opener of the series when Embiid was in foul trouble and sat out the majority of the first half. Harris put up 29 shots in that game and I think we can expect a similar number tonight if Embiid isn’t playing.

Washington’s defense is one of the worst in the NBA, they are allowing 122.7 per game in this series so far and I wouldn’t be surprised if Harris goes nuts in tonight’s closeout game. He’s shooting exactly 50 percent from the field, 37.5 percent from three, and has made 100 percent of his free throws in the series. There’s a reason this man was given a $180 million contract by the Sixers. If Embiid doesn’t play you can expect him to put this team on his back just like he did in the Game 1 win.

Be sure to check out our full game preview for Washington Wizards vs. Philadelphia 76ers.

Ja Morant Over 25.5 Points (-106)

Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant (12) controls the ball against Utah Jazz forward Royce O'Neale (23) during the fourth quarter at Vivint Arena. Memphis Grizzlies won 112-109.

CREDIT – Chris Nicoll (USA Today)

Morant has been playing big minutes for the Grizzlies in this series so far and they will need him to continue doing so if they want to avoid elimination tonight. He is his team’s only consistent reliable scoring option in this series so far.

Through the first four games, he has averaged 31 points per game on 48.4 percent shooting from the field. His three-point shooting is a concern, he’s at just 22.7 percent right now which is almost eight percent worse than what he averaged during the regular season. Despite that though, Morant has already had a 47 point game in this series. His lowest output of the series is 23 points, he has gone Over 25.5 in three of the four games played so far. He will do whatever it takes for his team to stay alive in this series, so expect a ton of shot attempts tonight.

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