Once again, we have a tied series between the Boston Celtics and the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals. Steph Curry shined with a game-high 43 points in game 4 to even the series at 2 games apiece. The Celtics controlled the game for the first 24 minutes of play.
To no surprise, the 3rd quarter was dominated once again by the Warriors who took a 1-point lead into the fourth quarter and didn’t look back. The series moves back to the Bay Area as the Warriors have a chance to defend home court in a pivotal game 5. For more winning info on Game 5, check out our Best Bets and our FanDuel DFS Picks.
The Celtics enter game 5 as 4-point underdogs on the road. The over/under is set at 210.5 as both teams look to take advantage in this series. Though there is value all over the board, we have zoned in on our 3 favorite player props for game 5 of the NBA Finals.
Best Available Odds: -105 at DraftKings
Jayson Tatum has been quiet offensively in the first 4 games of the NBA Finals. After just 23 points in game 4, the Celtics head coach told the media that Tatum is hunting for fouls too much on the offensive end. Tatum wants to quiet the media with a big scoring game in pivotal game 5.
The Celtics as well as Tatum have been impeccable coming off a loss this postseason. He has averaged 30.7 points per game following a loss in the playoffs this year. We expect Tatum to come out aggressive and have a legacy game Monday night on the road.
We are taking Jayson Tatum to go over 27.5 points tonight in game 5. There is also great value in Tatum to be the leading scorer in tonight’s game at +250.
Best Available Odds: -105 at Caesars
Steph Curry has shot the lights out through 4 games of the NBA Finals and has carried the Warriors to two victories in four games. Although Curry has been outstanding offensively, 30.5 points is a big number for anyone to go over. Curry has scored 31 or more in just 40% of games this postseason giving us an edge on the under.
The Celtics' defense will be locked in on Steph tonight to avoid losing back-to-back games for the first time this postseason. We believe Steph will be slowed down enough tonight and will go under 30.5 points for the second time in this series.
Best Available Odds: +100 at DraftKings
The 2021-2022 defensive player of the year, Marcus Smart, has anchored this Celtics' dominant defense all season. In the past 5 postseason games, Smart has averaged 1.8 steals per game. He has gone over 1.5 steals in 3 of the last 5 games this postseason.
Also, Smart is averaging a team-high 1.3 steals per game since the conclusion of the regular season. If the Celtics want to retake the series lead, they will need to generate turnovers defensively and that starts with their point guard. We expect Smart to aggravate the Warriors' offense and go over 1.5 steals in tonight’s pivotal Game 5.