NBA Player Props

Joe Harris Predicted for Big Game With James Harden Out

Donnavan Smoot
Jun 7, 2021, 10:20 AM EDT
Joe Harris needs to pick up his scoring.
Joe Harris needs to pick up his scoring. / Steven Ryan/Getty Images

The Brooklyn Nets’ super trio of Kevin Durant, James Harden and Kyrie Irving took a hit when James Harden left Game 1 due to a hamstring injury. Harden has been ruled out for Game 2, leaving the door open for another player to step in and become the team's third option offensively. 

That’s where Joe Harris steps in. WynnBET has Harris with the third-highest scoring line on the team for Game 2. He is favored (-120) to go over his player prop point total of 13.5 points, meaning there is a good chance he fully steps into his role as the Nets’ third option. 

Brooklyn basically played Game 1 without Harden, as he left the game in the first 43 seconds, so tonight’s game won’t be foreign territory. 

In Game 1, Harris scored 19 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the field. As a fourth option throughout the regular season, Harris was automatic. He averaged 14.1 points per game on 50.5% from the field and a league-leading 47.5% from downtown.

Brooklyn has enough talent to afford the loss of an All-NBA player, but a dynamic duo isn’t always enough to pick up wins deep in the postseason. Harris is fully prepared to step in and assume the role as the Nets' next option.

In the bubble, the Nets were missing nearly all of their top players except for Harris. He was electric in Orlando. Harris averaged 20.0 points on 62.0% from the floor and 54.1% from 3. 

With Harden’s timetable for a return unknown, Harris will not only be asked, but needed to step into the third scoring role.

Harris has done this before, though, and according to the odds, Game 2 should be no different.