The defending champion Milwaukee Bucks are looking to go up 2-0 on the Chicago Bulls in the first round of the playoffs on Wednesday night.
Chicago nearly stole Game 1 in Milwaukee, but it was unable to overcome a dreadful shooting performance, finishing just 32.3 percent from the field. We’ve previewed Game 2 here, but what about some player props?
Here are three that I am considering for Wednesday's showdown, with all odds via WynnBET:
Best Prop Bets for Bulls vs. Bucks Game 2
- DeMar DeRozan UNDER 27.5 Points (-130)
- Khris Middleton UNDER 20.5 Points (-115)
- Giannis Antetokounmpo OVER 12.5 Rebounds (-135)
DeMar DeRozan UNDER 27.5 Points (-130)
DeMar DeRozan’s playoff struggles reared their ugly head in Game 1, as he shot a terrible 6-for-25 from the field on his way to just 18 points.
While DeRozan has averaged 27.9 points per game this season, the playoffs are a different beast, especially with the slowed pace we saw in Game 1 of this series. I don’t think DeRozan puts up another clunker like he did on Sunday, but 27.5 points is far too many for me to get behind.
In his playoff career, DeRozan averages just 21.8 points per game while shooting 41.4 percent from the field and 22.9 percent from 3. Stay away from his OVER on Wednesday.
Khris Middleton UNDER 20.5 Points (-115)
Khris Middleton, like DeRozan, hasn’t been the most consistent playoff performer, and he’s a streaky player regardless throughout his career.
Middleton was held to just 11 points on 4-of-13 shooting in Game 1, and it was the seventh time in nine games where he failed to reach 20 points. Over that stretch, Middleton has just one game where he shot at least 50 percent from the field. He’s a great fade candidate in Game 2.
Giannis Antetokounmpo OVER 12.5 Rebounds (-135)
I’m not fading everyone imaginable in Game 2, as Giannis Antetokounmpo has been too good to overlook lately.
The MVP candidate had 16 rebounds in Game 1, and he’s facing a Bulls team that ranks just 17th in rebounding percentage this season. Giannis is going to have to play a ton of minutes, but when his primary frontcourt competition for boards is Tristan Thompson and Nikola Vucevic, I expect him to have a big night on the glass.
Find Peter Dewey’s full betting record in the NBA this season here.