NBA Playoff Player Props: Wesley Matthews, Jae Crowder, Kevin Huerter

Friday's three-game NBA playoff slate presents us with a chance to zag in spots where others zig.

The injuries to Khris Middleton and Devin Booker open up plenty of scoring opportunities for secondary players on the Milwaukee Bucks and Phoenix Suns.

Jrue Holiday and Cameron Johnson are the easy players to pivot to, but the odds makers figured that out and inflated their props.

There is one player on each roster that can be exploited on the prop market because their totals remain low.

As for the Miami-Atlanta game, the Hawks need to throw everything at a victory, similar to what Minnesota, Denver and Utah had to do on Thursday.

The Hawks might be better suited to win at home, which is something the three home teams on Thursday could not do, and that will be driven by the supporting cast around Trae Young to combat the Heat's well-rounded scoring approach.

NBA Player Props

Overall Record: 16-13 (3-0 Thursday)

Wesley Matthews Over 7.5 Points (+100) & Over 1.5 Threes (-115)

I bet you were not expecting to see Wesley Matthews' name brought up in a serious light when it comes to player props.

Here we are with Matthews projected to take more shots with Khris Middleton out of the lineup with a sprained MCL.

Matthews is fifth on the Bucks roster in total points through two games against the Chicago Bulls. He has 17 points on 10 total field goals.

Matthews can find success behind the three-point line, where Middleton was so successful in Game 2.

He shot 3-for-6 from three-point range with 11 points in 34 minutes in Game 2. He played the second most minutes behind Jrue Holiday in the fourth quarter.

Matthews will be on the floor in crunch time and he could easily go over his point prop with a trio of three-point makes.

The two props go hand-in-hand with Matthews' scoring production, so I'm willing to back both with the Bucks looking to fill Middleton's minutes.

Jae Crowder Over 9.5 Points (-125)

You are also probably wondering why Jae Crowder, who is 2-for-15 from the field, is in this piece.

Well, everyone is going to bet on Cameron Johnson because of his expected minutes increase.

Johnson is one of my favorite reserves to bet on, but his props are too high and do not have great prices attached to them.

Crowder will still have opportunities to shoot in Game 3, and if he knocks down one or two in the first half, he could have his best performance of the playoffs by far.

I wanted to apply the same thinking from Matthews to Crowder, but the Suns forward sits at -175 for Over 1.5 threes, which is a bet I can't suggest for anyone to take.

If you can take Crowder at 3+ threes, I would recommend that to go along with his point prop.

Kevin Huerter Over 2.5 Threes (+125)

I have to keep betting Kevin Huerter's three-point prop.

Huerter is 5-for-13 from three-point range in the series against the Heat. Only Trae Young and Bogdan Bogdanovic attempted more threes on the Hawks roster.

Huerter knocked down a trio of triples in Game 2 and he should be asked to provide more support alongside Young out of the starting lineup.

The three-point volume is there and the Hawks will be playing with desperation, so I think that's a perfect recipe for him to get hot from deep.

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