Best MKF Prop Picks: NBA Wednesday (Aug 19)



The NBA Playoffs continue and Monkey Knife Fight has three games in play, with many different opportunities to play props and win.

The overmatched Brooklyn Nets take on the defending-champion Toronto Raptors, the Utah Jazz and Denver Nuggets meet up after Denver won in overtime in Game One, and the Philadelphia 76ers take on the Boston Celtics. The Sixers had a lead into the fourth quarter before falling in Game One, so that should be a competitive matchup.

Here are some prop angles to consider for Wednesday’s Monkey Knife Fight NBA Playoffs schedule:

BROOKLYN-TORONTO

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Caris LeVert LESS THAN 23.5 POINTS

The time in the bubble, particularly on a depleted Nets roster, has been a good opportunity for LeVert. He’s getting a lot of touches and was scoring well before starting the series against the Raptors. In Game One, LeVert did register 15 assists but scored just 15 points on 5-of-14 shooting. Going against a Raptors team that defends as well as any and has a lot of defensive talent on the wing, it’s not going to be an easy game for LeVert.

Pascal Siakam LESS THAN 22.5 POINTS

Spicy P has been relatively bland in the bubble and he’s not hitting his shots right now, making 38.5% from the field in the past eight games, including a 4-of-13 performance in Game One against the Nets. Siakam has scored 23 or more points once in his past eight games.

Kyle Lowry LESS THAN 7.5 ASSISTS

Toronto’s star point guard didn’t have a great performance in Game One against Brooklyn, but it ultimately didn’t matter. At the same time, Lowry does split the distributing duties with Fred VanVleet and has put up eight or more assists in just two of his past eight games.

RAPID FIRE

Serge Ibaka +3.5 rebounds vs. Jarrett Allen

Ibaka has been quietly effective on the boards for Toronto, averaging 9.0 per game in the bubble, including seven in Game One against Brooklyn. Allen is the more productive rebounder and has 11.1 per game in the bubble, but it still looks favorable for Ibaka as the underdog.

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UTAH-DENVER

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Donovan Mitchell LESS THAN 29.5 POINTS

After dropping 57 in Game One against the Nuggets, is it safe to assume that Mitchell is going to be good for 30-plus in Game Two? He was averaging 21.7 per game in the bubble before that, and presumably the Nuggets will be hyper-focused on Mitchell in Game Two.

Nikola Jokic LESS THAN 23.5 POINTS

Denver’s center is a gifted and versatile player and he did score 29 points in Game One against the Jazz but he had scored fewer than 20 points in four of the previous five games.

RAPID FIRE

Michael Porter Jr. -1.5 fantasy points vs. Jordan Clarkson

The rising star for the Nuggets, Porter is more variable because he could score 30-plus or 12. Clarkson plays a surprisingly significant role for the Jazz, especially with Mike Conley Jr. out of the lineup, so it could be close but Porter’s high ceiling makes him more appealing.

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PHILADELPHIA-BOSTON

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Joel Embiid LESS THAN 27.5 POINTS

Embiid had some impressive moments in Game One, which might as well be the story of his career, and he finished with 26 points. The talent is there and he could conceivably lay waste to the Celtics but it’s hard to know which day that might happen.  

Jayson Tatum LESS THAN 28.5 POINTS

The Celtics need Tatum to be great, and he has scored 29 or more points in three straight games, but it has been a bit of a challenge for him against Philadelphia. Tatum scored 32 points in Game One but had averaged 19.0 points per game against the Sixers during four regular-season games.  

RAPID FIRE

Jaylen Brown +0.5 three-pointers made vs. Kemba Walker

Brown has been the more consistent shooter lately, averaging 3.1 triples in the bubble before dropping five in Game One against Philadelphia. Walker had averaged 2.2 per game in the bubble and didn’t hit any in the first game against the Sixers.

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This article was written by Monkey Knife Fight’s fantasy expert Scott Cullen. The numbers listed in this article are subject to change at any time.

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Scott Cullen

Scott is a sportswriter with a focus on analytics, rankings, fantasy. Even though he’s Canadian, his interests and analysis extend a wee bit beyond hockey and maple syrup. Eh?