3 Best Prop Bets for Celtics vs 76ers NBA Playoffs Game 6 on May 11 (James Harden Keeps Dishing the Ball Out)
By Larry Rupp
Thursday's NBA Playoffs slate includes a thrilling Game 6 showdown between the Philadelphia 76ers and Boston Celtics. The 76ers earned a valuable 3-2 series lead with a 115-103 road win in Game 5. Joel Embiid tallied a team-high 33 points, while James Harden logged 17 points to go with 10 assists.
Here are three of the best prop bets for Celtics-76ers Game 6, courtesy of FanDuel Sportsbook.
Celtics vs 76ers Game 6 Player Props
1. James Harden - Assists: Over 8.5 (-136)
The pick-and-roll run by the duo of James Harden and Joel Embiid tortured teams throughout the regular season. Well, it's back now that Embiid's healthy again, causing Harden's assists totals to jump. The 76ers point guard has now tallied at least 9 assists in each of his last three games, serving as the facilitator on an offense chock full of capable shooters. The Beard has also tallied at least 9 assists in nine of his last 16 playoff games overall. Philly has a chance to secure a spot in the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time since 2001, so expect Harden to take control of that scenario.
2. Tyrese Maxey - Points: Under 19.5 (-128)
There's no denying that Tyrese Maxey was a true difference-maker in Game 5 as he racked up 30 points on a 10-of-21 shooting mark. That effort was the first time since in this series that he logged at least 19 points with Embiid active for the game, though. It's worth noting that Maxey averaged 22.8 points per road game during the regular season, yet only 17.8 points per home game. That trend has made its way over to the postseason, too. Maxey is putting up 22.0 points per away game and 18.3 points per home game in the playoffs. He has also posted less than 19 points in six of his last nine games against the Celtics, so take the Under here.
3. Marcus Smart - Points: Over 13.5 (-106)
The aggressiveness of Marcus Smart has been on full display during this series as he has constantly been forcing turnovers and hustling for loose balls. That's not a major surprise, though. What is a major surprise is his scoring output. Smart is averaging 15.4 points per game in this series and has logged at least 14 points in each of the last four games. He shot a putrid 2-of-7 from the field in Game 5, yet still cashed this prop thanks to a pair of three-pointers and eight makes at the free throw line. Look for that aggressiveness to pay off once again.
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