NBA Playoffs Best Bets of the Night: Friday, April 29

Ja Morant, Memphis Grizzlies

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Tonight, there is only one Game 6 on the schedule.

The Minnesota Timberwolves are looking to avoid elimination at home as they host the Memphis Grizzlies. We’ll take a look at some of the best bets of this game, and the top player props to consider.

Best Bets of the Night

Game: Memphis Grizzlies at Minnesota Timberwolves +1.5

Memphis will be looking to close the series out tonight on the road. While this has been quite the competitive series, Memphis has the ability to take control of a game and cancel a point deficit. Ja Morant’s heroics in Game 5 gave the Grizzlies a commanding 3-2 lead in the series. After trailing for most of the game, Morant led his team back and hit a game-winner with seconds left on the clock.

Elsewhere, Desmond Bane has been shooting incredibly from the field. Over the last three games, he’s scored at least 25 points per night. This includes a 34-point night in Game 4 despite Memphis’ 119-118 loss. Karl-Anthony Towns has bounced back with two consecutive double-doubles after recording an eight-point effort in Game 3. Although the T-Wolves are at home, Memphis will end this series tonight on the road the same way Phoenix and Dallas did so last night. Memphis’ chemistry and ball movement should be enough to eliminate Minnesota from the 2021-22 NBA Playoffs.

Bet #1: Memphis Grizzlies -1.5

Regardless of the game’s outcome, a 229-point O/U mark for any playoff game is a lot. Especially if the T-Wolves’ survival instincts kick in tonight, the team will focus on defense in the hopes of containing Ja Morant, Desmond Bane, and Dillon Brooks. If the T-Wolves have any chance tonight, it will have to start on the defensive end. Both teams combined for 247 points in Game 1, and 237 points in Game 4. In Games 2, 3, and 5, both teams combined for 220 points or less. While this is somewhat of a toss-up, defense will be the T-Wolves’ focus tonight as they try to contain Memphis’ lethal offense.

Bet #2: Under 229 Total Points

NBA Player Props of the Night

Prop #1: Jaren Jackson Jr, Over 12.5 Points

Jaren Jackson Jr. has been relatively quiet through the first round of the playoffs. He has not scored efficiently throughout this series and even fouled out early in Game 5. Still, Jackson Jr. produced 12 points in that game before exiting with his sixth foul. It’s been a difficult series for Jackson who said being more careful about fouls is his top priority in Game 6. If he just focuses and plays a little smarter, he’ll be on the floor long enough to hit the Over in points tonight. Jackson Jr. is easily capable of scoring 20 points per game. 12.5 points for him is a low-scoring mark which reflects his rough play overall in this first-round series.

Prop #2: Karl-Anthony Towns, Over 1.5 Threes Made

Despite rough nights for KAT in Games 2 and 3, he’s played excellent basketball in Games 4 and 5. In his last two outings, Towns knocked down at least three shots from downtown. In Tuesday’s Game 5, KAT hit five three-point field goals out of seven attempts. Tonight, he’ll have 35-40 minutes on the floor and only has to hit two three-pointers to hit this prop.

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