NBA Playoffs Player Prop Picks From Beyond the Arc: Count on Max Strus, Payton Pritchard, and More in Game 2

Stuart Durst gives his favorite NBA Player Props for tonight's playoff action. He has his eyes on Heat vs Celtics Game 2. He's looking at Max Strus, Jimmy Butler from the Heat, and Jayson Tatum and Payton Pritchard from Boston.
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NBA Playoffs Player Prop Picks From Beyond the Arc: Count on Max Strus, Payton Pritchard, and More in Game 2

Here are our player prop picks, predictions, and odds for tonight's Game 2 matchup between the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat.

Heat vs. Celtics Game 2 Start Time and Where to Watch, and Odds

  • Date: May 19, 2022
  • Game Time: 8:30 pm ET
  • Where to Watch: ESPN 

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Miami Heat vs. Boston Celtics Game 2 Line Movement

Payton Pritchard 2+ 3PM/Jimmy Butler 1+ STL/Jayson Tatum 1+ 1Q Reb +105 (Bet $100 to win $105)

*Odds available at DraftKings at time of publishing*

Pritchard is the obvious choice to benefit from Derrick White missing this game. While their skill sets are vastly different, Pritchard has shown he's worthy of playing 20+ minutes in a playoff game, and that's what I expect to happen today. Without Smart in Game 1, Pritchard played 30 minutes, scoring 18 points on 4-11 shooting. While I don't expect that kind of volume to be repeated (probably won't be trailing 15+ most of the game), Pritchard likely has a floor of between 15-20 minutes without White. In his three playoff games with 15+ minutes, he went 4-11, 4-6, and 2-4, the volume should be there. 

Butler has been mister dependable this postseason. Adding his steal to my parlays has been great, he has recorded a steal in every postseason game thus far (11/11), and 2+ in 9 of those 11 games. He recorded four in game one of this series, with his 40+ minute workload there's no reason for me to believe he's going to slow down now. Tatum has 1+ 1Q rebound in 12/12 playoff games, I know Williams and Horford are both back, but he was able to hit this number with them in the lineup.

Max Strus 3+ 1Q Points/Jimmy Butler 4+ AST & 1+ STL +105 (Bet $100 to win $105)

*Odds available at DraftKings at time of publishing*

I know Strus let us down after the last game, but I'm expecting a bounce-back here. He faced aggressive on-ball defense from Derrick White and quickly recorded two fouls. He had 3+ first-quarter points in every game in the last series, and despite scoring zero points last game, he took three 3PA. Maybe it's a mistake going right back, but I trust that Strus turns this around here. Butler recorded five assists on 11 potential assists in Game 1, while scoring 30+ points. He's averaging over six assists per game in the postseason despite carrying a huge scoring load. I'm expecting the Celtics to throw a couple of different looks at him plus I love the correlation with Strus. 

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Stuart Durst, also known as @MonotoneFootbal on Twitter, is a writer and sports bettor specializing in the NFL, NBA and CFB. When he’s not writing for OddsChecker, he enjoys playing basketball and talking player props with his community.

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