2022 NBA playoffs: Betting tips for Tuesday's Game 5 matchups

Ja Morant could have a big game at home against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday night. David Berding/Getty Images

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What you need to know for Tuesday's playoff games

Stuck in a Funk: It is no secret that Trae Young is struggling massively. He has gone under his point total in every game this series (16.5 PPG) and is shooting just 32.1% from the field and 20.8% from 3. The Heat seem to be focused on preventing Young from penetrating, as 10 of his 11 shots on Sunday were from 3 and he attempted just one free throw. Given the Heat's 3-1 series lead, it's difficult to see the game plan changing at all. Making Young perimeter-oriented leads to plenty of success for Miami, but based on Young's regular season, what we saw in Game 4 should be viewed as an outlier. The Hawks have gone 14-7 when at least half of Young's shots came from distance. Young's success from 3 could be the difference in this win-or-go-home Game 5. That makes Young's 3-point prop worth considering for parlays.

Kyle Avoids Towns: Karl-Anthony Towns was amazing in the Timberwolves' Game 4 win but has a significant downside Tuesday. He is averaging 31 points and 13.5 rebounds when he stays out of foul trouble, compared to 11.5 PPG and 8 RPG in the two games in which he committed five fouls. Those are pretty drastic splits, so it's worth noting Towns has averaged 10.3% more fouls per game on the road than at home this season. Towns also averaged 4.3 fouls per game over Minnesota's past six losses, something the spread suggests is the likely outcome tonight. While another big game from Towns is possible, I'm not sure it is as likely as his prop markets project.

Exploiting A Mismatch: The Suns view their interior scoring as a strength and without Devin Booker, Phoenix is even more focused on taking advantage against the Pelicans. Deandre Ayton and JaVale McGee have combined to go 38-of-49 from the field (77.6%) for 80 points. With Chris Paul running this offense and a lack of perimeter consistency, this game plan figures to stick until the Pelicans prove they can stop it, making both Ayton and McGee interesting DFS options. Ayton is a pricy play, but with strong double-double equity and the ability to maintain elite efficiency, he is more than capable of paying off. McGee's price is less prohibitive given his role, but it's clear Phoenix is sticking to the plan when he's in the game, making him a cheaper version of Ayton.

-- Jim McCormick & Kyle Soppe

Game of the night

Atlanta Hawks at Miami Heat
7 p.m. ET, FTX Arena, Miami, FL

Line: Heat (-4.5)
Money line: Heat (-190), Hawks (+160)
Total: 215.5 points
BPI Projected Total: 214.5 points
BPI Win%: Heat (73.2%)

Key players ruled out: Kyle Lowry, Lou Williams, Jimmy Butler

Questionable: Bogdan Bogdanovic (knee), P.J. Tucker (calf)

Notable: Under tickets have cashed in all four games this series (by an average of 10.3 points) and in six straight Atlanta games dating back to the regular season.

Max Strus over 3.5 three-pointers made. Strus has attempted more three-pointers in every game of this series. He attempted 14 from beyond the arc in Game 4. Against a Hawks team susceptible to triples, Strus should be able to keep hitting three-pointers. With Jimmy Butler ruled out, he should see 30 or more minutes, which bodes well for him to succeed tonight -- Moody

Breaking down the rest of the slate

Minnesota Timberwolves at Memphis Grizzlies
7:30 p.m. ET, FedEx Forum, Memphis, TN

Line: Grizzlies (-6.0)
Money line: Grizzlies (-260), Timberwolves (+210)
Total: 232.5 points
BPI Projected Total: 228 points
BPI Win%: Grizzlies (79.3%)

Key players ruled out: none

Notable: After covering five of six road games, the Timberwolves have failed to cover five of their most recent seven games away from home.

Best bet: Ja Morant over 43.5 points + assists + rebounds. Morant has averaged only 16.6 PPG, 11.7 APG and 9.0 RPG over the past three games. But he must have an outstanding performance if the Grizzlies want to win Game 5 -- Moody

Best Bet: Desmond Bane over 3.5 3-pointers made. Bane has made 15 triples over the past two playoff games, tied for the second most in NBA playoffs history. His success from beyond the arc should continue Tuesday night. -- Moody

New Orleans Pelicans at Phoenix Suns
10 p.m ET, Footprint Center, Phoenix, AZ

Line: Suns (-6.5)
Money line: Suns (-270), Pelicans (+220)
Total: 215.5 points
BPI Projected Total: 216 points
BPI Win%: Suns (78.4%)

Key players ruled out: Devin Booker

Notable: The Suns went over in Game 4 on Sunday, but that has been the exception. Before Sunday, eight of Phoenix's past 10 games went under the total, including Game 1, which was under by 15 points.

Best bet: CJ McCollum over 2.5 3-pointers made. McCollum has played well so far in this series as the Pelicans' primary scorer and long-range threat. He has averaged 9.5 3-pointers per game and in Game 2 hit six of them. New Orleans will look to play aggressive basketball early as it faces elimination, and that makes McCollum a strong candidate to go over this prop. -- Moody

Best bet: Jonas Valanciunas over 31.5 points + assists + rebounds. Valanciunas has been impressive on both sides of the floor during this series. He has averaged 15 PPG, 3.0 APG and 16 RPG over the past four games. Valanciunas has outdueled Ayton so far, something not many expected -- Moody

Analytics edge

BPI highest projected totals

1. Memphis Grizzlies (118.8 points)
2. Phoenix Suns (112.3 points)
3. Miami Heat (110.6 points)

BPI lowest projected totals

1. Phoenix Suns (103.7 points)
2. Miami Heat (103.9 points)
3. Atlanta Hawks (109.2 points)

BPI top probability to win (straight up)

1. Memphis Grizzlies (79.3%)
2. Phoenix Suns (78.4%)
3. Miami Heat (73.2%)