Follow along on Twitter — @julianedlow — for any potential updates, as things can always change with potential lineup moves leading up to tipoff. Here’s what jumps out to me for Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals on DraftKings Sportsbook.
We bet this one in Game 2 following the loss in the series opener, and we cashed with the Bucks going on to an easy blowout victory. The Hawks came out hot early in Game 3, but all the momentum shifted to the Bucks late, dominating the fourth quarter. Part of that was due to Trae Young going out with an ankle/foot injury, and not looking the same when he returned.
Young’s injury is obviously going to be crucial to the remainder of the series, but I think it should be highlighted early in this game. Atlanta has been a bad first quarter team overall in the postseason, showing a lot of resilience later in games. Meanwhile, the Bucks have gotten off to tremendous starts, but fallen apart late in some games (although they might have turned a corner lately). I like Milwaukee to take that fourth quarter momentum into this game, and take advantage while Young is still hobbled.
After falling out of the rotation this postseason, Portis has played a crucial role off the bench in this series. While he’s playing just 16 minutes per game in the three games, Portis has wasted no time filling it up — averaging 11.3 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.0 assists (17.3 total). Portis wasn’t shy in Game 3, getting up 12 shots in his 17 minutes. Sometimes we can be concerned about role players carrying their energy into road games, but Portis wrote off that notion on Sunday. Portis seems to be getting back to the role he played throughout the regular season, when he posted averages of 10.9 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.0 assists. We’re getting value on his prop in this matchup.
Are odds boosts automatic? Of course not, the Suns unfortunately proved that on Monday night. But come on, this boost from -500 to even money for Giannis is absurd. He’s finished with a double-double in 13 of his 14 games this postseason, and the lone miss was by one rebound in Game 2 of this series (he sat the entire fourth quarter).
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