3 Best Prop Bets for Celtics vs 76ers NBA Game 4 on May 7 (Marcus Smart Experiences Playmaking Struggles)

Best Boston Celtics vs. Philadelphia 76ers prop bets for NBA Playoffs Game 4 on Sunday, May 7, 2023.
Best Boston Celtics vs. Philadelphia 76ers prop bets for NBA Playoffs Game 4 on Sunday, May 7, 2023. / (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Sunday's slate of NBA postseason games includes a Game 4 between the Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers. FanDuel Sportsbook's latest NBA odds list the Celtics as the 3-point road favorite with the projected total set at 214.5.

Here are three of the best NBA player prop bets for the Celtics vs 76ers game, courtesy of FanDuel Sportsbook.

Celtics vs 76ers Player Props

1. Marcus Smart — Assists: Under 4.5 (+108)

Although Marcus Smart is a solid playmaker, I don't like his chances of hitting the Over on his projected assist total. For starters, his playmaking numbers have declined, going from 6.3 APG in the regular season to 4.9 APG in the playoffs. Sure, he's averaging more assists than the projected total, but he's also finished with the under in five of his last six games. I just don't see that trend changing. Not only do the 76ers allow the sixth-fewest assists in the NBA, but Smart is only averaging 3.9 helpers in his last eight games against them, finishing with the under all but twice.

2. Al Horford — Points: Over 7.5 (-125)

After a slow start to the postseason, Al Horford had his best performance in Game 3, scoring 17 points while shooting 5-of-7 from the three-point line. Now averaging 10.8 points in his last four games, I don't see the veteran big man having any issues scoring more than 7.5 points on Sunday. It's a number that he's gone over five times over his previous eight games — including in three of the last four. With Philly focusing on trying to shut down Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum, Horford should continue seeing less coverage. Considering how he's averaging over 30 minutes played, he'll have more than enough opportunities to score at least eight points.

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3. Tyrese Maxey — Threes Made: Over 2.5 (-136)

Tyrese Maxey continues being an excellent three-point threat in the playoffs, averaging 3.0 threes with a 40.4% success rate. In other words, I don't see him struggling to hit the over on this prop. First of all, Maxey has finished with at least a trio of threes nine times in his last 15 games. Secondly, the ex-Kentucky Wildcat has made good on the over in four of his previous six home games, averaging 3.2 threes on 43.2% shooting during that span. After the Celtics allowed the 76ers to shoot 16-of-37 (43.2%) from beyond the arc in Game 3, I expect Maxey to keep making noise from downtown.

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