3 Best Prop Bets for Heat vs Bucks Game 2 on April 19 (Max Strus Held in Check by Milwaukee's Defense)
By Larry Rupp
Wednesday's NBA Playoffs slate includes an exciting Game 2 showdown between the Miami Heat and Milwaukee Bucks. The Heat pulled off an upset in Game 1 as they emerged victorious by a score of 130-117 thanks to efforts of Jimmy Butler (35 points) and Bam Adebayo (22 points & 9 rebounds).
Here are three of the best prop bets for Heat-Bucks Game 2, courtesy of FanDuel Sportsbook.
Heat vs Bucks Game 2 Player Props
1. Max Strus - Points: Under 13.5 (-118)
Max Strus is the kind of player that can get hot at any time, as evidenced by his 31-point performance during the NBA Play-In game against the Chicago Bulls. However, he almost solely relies on his three-point shooting skills to rack up points and is facing a Milwaukee defense that ranks ninth in opponent three-point percentage this season (35.6%). Strus played 38 minutes on Sunday, yet tallied only 5 shot attempts and ended the game with a measly 8 points. He has now tallied less than 14 points in 15 of his last 20 games overall, making him worth fading on Wednesday night.
2. Jimmy Butler - Made Threes: Under 0.5 (-132)
This is undoubtedly a risky bet as all it takes is one make from beyond the arc for Jimmy Butler and the wager disappears. It's important to note that Butler hasn't made a three-pointer in six of his last 10 games overall, though. That same thing can be said about four of his last eight playoff games as well. As mentioned above, Milwaukee is great at defending the perimeter as they only allow 12.1 three-point makes per game (No. 12 in NBA). Butler is going to have the ball in his hands a ton tonight with Tyler Herro out, but look for him to focus on passing the ball to open teammates.
3. Jrue Holiday - Steals: Over 1.5 (+170)
Going down 0-2 in a series that is shifting to Miami on Saturday would be a nightmare for the Bucks, so look for them to step it up on the defensive end of the court. Jrue Holiday will be tasked with guarding the Heat's main ball-handlers, giving him ample opportunities to rack up steals. He has tallied at least 2 steals in six of his last eight playoff games as well as in eight of his last 13 games against the Heat. Creating extra possessions will be crucial in what will likely be a close game, so backing Holiday here for a major payout is a great option.
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