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May 2, 2022; Miami, Florida, USA; Miami Heat center Bam Adebayo (13) passes the ball in the second quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers during game one of the second round for the 2022 NBA playoffs at FTX Arena. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

  • There are two playoff games on Wednesday, May 4th
  • The Suns face the Mavs, while the Sixers battle the Heat
  • Find the player props and best bets below

The NBA Playoffs continue on Wednesday, with a pair of Game 2s on hand. The Dallas Mavericks visit the Phoenix Suns as they look to bounce back from a loss in the series opener on Monday night. The Suns are laying six points at home.

Over in the East, the Joel Embiid-less Sixers battle it out with the Miami Heat in South Beach, who pummeled them in Game 1. Miami is a hefty 8.5-point favorite to take a 2-0 series lead.

Keep reading for the player props and picks.

May 4th – NBA Player Props

76ers vs Heat Points Rebounds Assists Three Pointers Made
James Harden (PHI) 22.5 (Ov -122 | Un +100) 7.5 (Ov -108 | Un -112) 9.5 (Ov +104 | Un -128) 2.5 (Ov -130 | Un +102)
Tyrese Maxey (PHI) 21.5 (Ov -108 | Un -112) 3.5 (Ov +112 | Un -138) 3.5 (Ov -134 | Un +110) 2.5 (Ov -106 | Un -120)
Jimmy Butler (MIA) 22.5 (Ov -108 | Un -112) 6.5 (Ov -128 | Un +104) 5.5 (Ov -106 | Un -114) 0.5 (Ov -230 | Un +176)
Bam Adebayo (MIA) 19.5 (Ov -106 | Un -116) 10.5 (Ov +106 | Un -130) 3.5 (Ov -150 | Un +122) OFF
Mavericks vs Suns Points Rebounds Assists Three Pointers Made
Luka Doncic (DAL) 33.5 (Ov -106 | Un -116) 9.5 (Ov -124 | Un +102) 8.5 (Ov -102 | Un -120) 3.5 (Ov -142 | Un +112)
Jalen Brunson (DAL) 18.5 (Ov -110 | Un -110) 4.5 (Ov +118 | Un -144) 3.5 (Ov +128 | Un -158) 1.5 (Ov +128 | Un -164)
Devin Booker (PHX) 25.5 (Ov -106 | Un -116) 4.5 (Ov -110 | Un -110) 4.5 (Ov -142 | Un +116) 2.5 (Ov +116 | Un -148)
Deandre Ayton (PHX) 19.5 (Ov -102 | Un -120) 10.5 (Ov +110 | Un -134) OFF OFF

Odds as of May 4th at FanDuel Sportsbook.

Adebayo Dominates Down Low

It’s no secret that Miami is at a clear advantage with Embiid sidelined for the 76ers. That being said, Bam Adebayo is one player in particular who is heavily benefiting from the big man’s absence. The Heat center dominated in Game 1, putting up 24 points and grabbing 12 rebounds. A huge reason for this is Philly’s lack of depth at the five. Doc Rivers is literally starting DeAndre Jordan right now, a player who didn’t even suit up at all in the first round.

He is clearly past his prime while Bam’s athleticism and physicality proved to be too much for Jordan. Adebayo was having his way down low, whether he was scoring at the cup or draining mid-range jumpers. Not even the undersized Paul Reed could contain the Miami star, either. But it’s not just his offensive production that should be the focus here. Points+rebounds are going to hold massive value.

The over/under is set at 29.5, which should easily be hit. The Sixers’ biggest issue is interior defense sans Embiid and I fully expect Adebayo to expose them again and impose his will.

  • Pick: Bam Adebayo Over 29.5 Points+Rebounds (-122)

Ayton Continues to Thrive

One man who is surely going to earn a pay raise this summer is Suns big man Deandre Ayton. He flourished during the regular season but it’s in the playoffs where the former first overall pick is really making a loud statement, averaging 21.1 points, 9.6 rebounds, and 2.1 assists on a stellar 68% clip from the field. Ayton was brilliant once again in Game 1 against the Mavs, balling out for 25 points and grabbing eight rebounds.

His game has significantly improved and the Dallas frontcourt really couldn’t contain him. Ayton is scoring in a variety of ways and he showcased just that on Monday. The ex-Arizona star had his floater in the lane going all night long, converted several alley-oops, and had Dwight Powell and Maxi Kleber scratching their heads as he sank numerous two-pointers from all over the court.

If you need more convincing, Ayton has hit the over in points in five of his last seven games. The 23-year-old is thriving and the Mavs showed no signs of being able to limit his production in the series opener.

  • Pick: Deandre Ayton Over 19.5 Points (-102)
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