3 Best Prop Bets for Lakers vs Grizzlies Game 1 on April 16 (LeBron Lights it Up in Playoff Return)
Sunday's NBA Playoffs action tips off with an exciting matchup between the Los Angeles Lakers and Memphis Grizzlies. Los Angeles is riding high after its play-in tournament victory, while Memphis enters following an impressive regular season.
Here are three of the best prop bets for Lakers-Grizzlies Game 1, courtesy of FanDuel Sportsbook.
Lakers vs Grizzlies Player Props
1. LeBron James - Points: Over 28.5 (-108)
LeBron James finished the season on a scorching scoring run, putting up at least 33 points in three of his final four games. That groove translated right to the play-in tournament, as The King led all players with 30 points in the 7-seed showdown. James' peformance has helped him and the Lakers get back to the playoffs, and I expect him to start the series strong. Anthony Davis is the only other L.A. player with a point total higher than 14.5 on Sunday, so this offense will run through James, who's more than capable of shouldering the scoring load.
2. Austin Reaves - Made Threes: Over 1.5 (+110)
Austin Reaves will look to keep his breakout season going in the playoffs. The second-year guard connected on just under 40% of his 3-point attempts during the 2022-23 campaign, providing this Laker lineup a much-needed threat beyond the arc. Reaves enters this contest with the hot hand, hitting at least three 3-pointers in three of his last four regular-season games. Memphis also dares opponents to shoot from deep, allowing the fourth-most 3-point attempts per game in the league, making this an ideal matchup for Reaves to cash at plus-money.
3. Desmond Bane - Made Threes: Under 2.5 (+114)
We'll stick in the 3-point market for Desmond Bane. The marksman hasn't impressed beyond the arc as of late, failing to hit this over in three of his final five regular-season outings. More concerning, however, is Bane's performance against L.A. this season. The Lakers figured out how to quiet the marksman, holding him to just two total made 3-pointers across their three matchups during the 2022-23 campaign -- including two performances with zero makes. Los Angeles' defense knows how to frustrate opponents on the perimeter (No. 3 in opponent 3P% this season), so it's a legit possibility Bane underwhelms from 3-point land.
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