NBA weekend player props: Simmons, Huerter will show out in Game 3
Props are on a red-hot 12-3 run this week, so let's ride the momentum into the weekend. Here are the best bets for the next three days.
Ben Simmons over 7.5 assists
Simmons was quiet on the score sheet Tuesday, posting just four points. Some may argue he needs to fill the bucket for the Philadelphia 76ers to have a chance in Game 3, but it's his assist total I'm playing Friday.
He's completed the second-most passes throughout the postseason, behind only Nikola Jokic. Simmons' nine assists per game are tied for fifth during the playoffs, and he's averaging 10.7 adjusted assists.
Simmons, who fell one assist shy of this number on Tuesday, has at least eight dimes in six of his last eight outings.
Kevin Huerter over 1.5 made threes
Bogdan Bogdanovic and Trae Young lead the Atlanta Hawks in 3-pointers per game during the postseason at three and 2.7, respectively. The most efficient, however, has been Huerter, who's flying under the radar entering Game 3 Friday.
The third-year shooting guard's getting plenty of solid looks around the perimeter while the 76ers key in on Young, drilling 14 of his last 27 attempts. He's cashed this total in five straight, with at least three triples in four of those games.
Mikal Bridges under 2.5 made threes
Bridges has been one of the most exciting spark plugs of the entire postseason. He's totaled 39 points across two second-round contests against the Denver Nuggets, including a 23-point showing in Game 1 - his highest output since Jan 22.
The Villanova product shot 42.5% from deep this season and has multiple 3-point makes in seven of eight in the playoffs. However, he's averaging only five in his last 13, with three or more makes in just four games during that span.
This is a nice spot to sell high.
Donovan Mitchell over made threes (Saturday)
There's no total yet for Mitchell, but if there are still 3.5's available on his 3-point total, go over. He's registered roughly a 43% usage rate in the second round against the Los Angeles Clippers and hasn't been bashful from beyond the arc, jacking up 27 total triples.
After sinking six in Game 2, Mitchell has at least four 3-pointers in nine of his last 13 postseason outings.
Brook Lopez under assists (Sunday)
Lopez's assist total should open at 0.5, which I'd recommend going under. He's been blanked in this department in nine of his last 11, and the Brooklyn Nets allowed the fifth-fewest assists to centers this season.
Alex Kolodziej is a betting writer at theScore. Find him on Twitter @AjKolodziej.
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