3 Best Prop Bets for Nets vs Celtics NBA Playoffs Game 1 on FanDuel Sportsbook (April 17)

Larry Rupp
Three best Brooklyn Nets vs Boston Celtics prop bets for NBA Playoff game on Sunday, April 17, 2022.
Three best Brooklyn Nets vs Boston Celtics prop bets for NBA Playoff game on Sunday, April 17, 2022. / Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Sunday's NBA slate of Playoff games includes an exciting showdown between the Brooklyn Nets and Boston Celtics. FanDuel Sportsbook is currently listing the Celtics as the 4.5-point home favorites over the Nets.

Here's three of the best prop bets for the Nets-Celtics game, courtesy of FanDuel Sportsbook.

Nets vs Celtics Player Props

1. Marcus Smart - Points + Rebounds + Assists: Over 24.5 (-130)

Marcus Smart is the type of player that excels when the lights are the brightest. The Defensive Player of the Year contender has racked up more than 25 points, rebounds and assists in 16 of his last 19 games when playing 32 or more minutes. He's a lock to see that level of playing time in a contest with such massive series implications. Smart also surpassed this total in each of the Celtics' five playoff games against the Nets last postseason. His ability to shoot from beyond the arc and dish the ball to open teammates provides a number of different ways for this bet to cash.

2. Kevin Durant - Assists: Over 6.5 (-128)

Boston's defense is no joke. The Celtics own the second-best defensive efficiency mark in the NBA and allow only 21.6 assists per game (No. 1 in NBA). Throw all of that out the window when it comes to backing Kevin Durant, though. Durant is playing his best basketball of the season as of late and has tallied at least 11 assists in three of his last four games. Boston is going to focus on shutting him down from a scoring perspective, which will give him ample opportunities to find his open teammates. After all, Durant has cashed the over on this prop bet in each of his two games against the Celtics this season.

3. Al Horford - Rebounds: Under 9.5 (-134)

There's no denying that Al Horford has stepped into a bigger role since starter Robert Williams went down with a meniscus injury. However, logging double-digit rebounds in this one seems like a lot to ask for the 15-year pro. Not only are the Nets allowing just 43.3 rebounds per game over their last three contests, but Brooklyn has also held Horford under this number in three of its four matchups against him this season. There's a good chance Boston tries to combat Brooklyn's athleticism by going with a smaller lineup at times. That would obviously limit Horford's playing time. The smart bet here is on the under.

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