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3 Best Player Prop Bets for Bucks vs Nets Game 1

Check out the 3 best player prop bets for Milwaukee Bucks vs Brooklyn Nets Game 1 action of NBA Playoffs on FanDuel Sportsbook.
Check out the 3 best player prop bets for Milwaukee Bucks vs Brooklyn Nets Game 1 action of NBA Playoffs on FanDuel Sportsbook. / Steven Ryan/Getty Images

As bettors cash in on prop bets in the Los Angeles Clippers and Dallas Mavericks series that goes to Game 7 on Sunday, fans and bettors prepare for the much anticipated Eastern Conference Semifinals matchup between the Brooklyn Nets and Milwaukee Bucks. The NBA Playoff odds from FanDuel Sportsbook have the Nets as -200 favorites to win the series, while the Bucks are +160 underdogs.

The Nets are favored in Game 1 by 4 points, but bettors enjoy having prop bets on the game, and using props and odds from FanDuel Sportsbook.

With that in mind, here are three player prop bets for Game 1 between the Nets and Bucks.

1. James Harden - Under 27.5 Points (-116)

So far in the 2021 NBA Playoffs, the Bucks have the best net rating and defensive rating of all teams. Game 1 is expected to be fast-paced with tons of scoring as the total is rising to 240 on FanDuel Sportsbook. Kevin Durant's points total is up to 30.5 while James Harden is 27.5, and it would seem like an easy choice to bet over for more scoring. Harden only eclipsed this scoring total in two of five games against the Celtics while racking up double-digit assists in the last three games. His scoring was aided by better than 50% shooting from beyond the arc in three games. We'll call for less scoring than projected by Harden in Game 1 against a better Bucks defense that also allows fewer second chance scoring opportunities with stronger defensive rebounding.

2. James Harden - Alternate Points Under 21.5 (+320)

Let's stick with James Harden and shoot for a bigger price on his alternate points prop. Milwaukee's versatility, rotations and defensive ability will be key in trying to slow Brooklyn's Big 3. Harden scored 20, 21 and 23 points in three opening round games against Boston with two of those at home. He can clearly score when asked to do so, but if he's not hitting from long range, this could reward bettors with a bigger payoff.

3. Khris Middleton - Over 6.5 Rebounds (+112)

Khris Middleton was a key performer in two home wins over the Nets this season. He averaged 24.7 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 4.7 assists in three games against Brooklyn. Now on the road for Game 1, Middleton can emerge as a key contributor against a Nets defense that had a poor rating in their opening series against the Boston. In fact, Brooklyn had the worst defensive rebounding percentage of all the teams in the first round of the playoffs. Although the Nets defense performed better at home, the Bucks offensive efficiency is far better with Giannis Antetokounmpo getting a majority of the attention. That allows Middleton more opportunities. But instead of playing Middleton's points (22.5) or assists (4.5) props, we'll attack the glass.

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