Phoenix Suns vs Dallas Mavericks Player Prop Pick: Will Deandre Ayton Light Up the Scoreboard in Game 3?

NBA player props expert John Hyslop is here with his player prop pick for Friday's Phoenix Suns vs Dallas Mavericks Game 3. Phoenix leads the series 2-0. John has his sights set on Deandre Ayton again.
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Phoenix Suns vs Dallas Mavericks Player Prop: Will Deandre Ayton Light Up the Scoreboard in Game 3?

It's Friday night so that means we're staying up late. Nobody goes to bed early on Fridays. Everyone knows that. That's just how going to bed on Fridays works. With that in mind, if we're going to be awake, we should be gambling. It just makes sense. Lucky for us the Phoenix Suns are invading Dallas to take on the Mavericks in Game 3 of their playoff series. ESPN will have the game at 9:30pm ET so this thing is looking perfect for a wager. There has to be something to bet here and it legit took me two seconds to find it. I'm not sure if the people at FanDuel don't care or just don't understand how Deandre Ayton works but they messed up pretty bad on his number. I was borderline insulted when I saw it. It could have easily been a first half number. I feel like we should bet it just to stick up for our guy Deandre. At a time like this, he needs support from us.

Suns vs. Mavericks Game 3 Start Time, Where to Watch, and Odds

Date: May 6, 2022

When: 9:30 pm ET

Where to Watch: ESPN

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Phoenix Suns vs. Dallas Mavericks Game 3 Line Movement

Phoenix Suns vs Dallas Mavericks Player Prop Pick

Deandre Ayton 20+ Points (+124) (Bet $100 to win $124)

*Odds available at FanDuel at time of publishing*

Phoenix Suns vs Dallas Mavericks Prediction

Obviously, I'm at FanDuel for this one because they let us do these types of bets. Although, DraftKings has over 18.5 for even money right now so that is an option as well. Still, I feel like if I'm up late, I need to really be gambling. That's why I chose to throw on the extra point. I need to feel alive and that should do it for me.

Let me let you in on a little secret only us hoopheads know about. Deandre Ayton is a bad man. Like real bad. At 6'11" tall and 250 pounds, he's just a little too big for the Mavericks to handle. Who's going to do it? Dwight Powell? Of course not. Maxi Kleber? No way. Go look at the Mavericks' roster. There's no one there that can handle Ayton. No one. Go back and look at what Rudy Gobert did to them in the last series. The guy never took more than eight shots in a game because Donovan Mitchell hates him and he still dropped 17 on them twice.

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I can hear the haters now, "but Ayton only scored nine points last game". (Read that with a really whiny voice for added effect.) Obviously, I already know that. I watched the game. He only played 18 minutes. The guy was in foul trouble from the moment he set foot on the floor. Two of those fouls wouldn't have even been called in my sixth-grade girls' league games. That never happens two games in a row.

Instead, we should expect Game 1 Ayton. The one that dropped 25 on these guys. The same one that made Powell and Kleber look like sixth-grade girls (no offense). Ayton took 20 shots that night and honestly he should have taken more. On the season, the Mavericks allowed 23 points per game to opposing centers. They can be had in this area and Ayton is well-rested. I bet he gets 20 tonight.

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John has spent the past 20+ years betting sports on a daily basis and is considered by many to be a walking sports betting encyclopedia. From obscure player props to sides and totals, if there is an angle, John will find it. His work has appeared on Rotogrinders and he has been a regular on sports talk radio stations across the country. Based in the US, John operates a blog & podcast, Sports Bets Beers, which covers betting angles in the NFL, NBA, MLB, & NHL.

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