- Jaylen Brown has profited 37.2 units on his first basket odds.
- Jalen Brunson is 5-0 with over on his point total in the playoffs.
- NBA Playoff favorites are profiting 53.2 units since 2015.
LAS VEGAS – The first round of the NBA Playoffs is starting to wind down, however, there is still plenty more basketball to go and tons more betting odds to take advantage of. With plenty more odds coming, there are betting trends to keep in mind when placing bets.
Jaylen Brown’s Hot Start
Jaylen Brown has developed into one of the top “3 & D” guys in the league and has quickly become a fan favorite for the Boston Celtics. This season, when betting on Brown’s props, specifically the NBA odds on the first basket of the game, bettors would be up big.
In total this season, Jaylen Brown has scored the first basket in 18 games, the most amongst any player in the league. 17 of those have come in the regular season and the other came in the Game 4 sweep over the Brooklyn Nets.
Those that have unit counts and have taken Brown’s first bucket odds in every game this season would be up 37.2 units on the year.
Jalen Brunson Coming To Life
Many were quick to count out the Dallas Mavericks in the first round being that their star, Luka Doncic, had missed the first three games of the series against the Utah Jazz. However, in Doncic’s absence, another star has emerged in Jalen Brunson.
Brunson has been on an absolute tear in the playoffs as he is averaging 28.6 ppg in the first round. With that thought, he has also been demolishing his scoring player props that legal online betting sites have set for him going 5-0 with the over.
In the series so far, betting sites have set his scoring totals at 21.5, 22.5, 24.5, 20.5, and 19.5. He hit the over on all of them going for 24, 41, 31, 23, and 24 points.
Are Playoff Favorites A Lock ATS?
For those that do not frequent player props, there is an ongoing trend with game favorites in playoff games. Dating back to 2015, playoff favorites have profited 53.2 units against the spread.
Looking at the favorites in this year’s playoffs, they have gone 19-16 ATS when going into the game as the favorite.
One team specifically that has shined when going into a playoff game as the favorite is the Miami Heat. The Heat have gone 13-4 ATS in their last 17 playoff games with the favored odds.
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