We have had some nice success in the first few games of the Western Conference Finals. We're back once again here on Sunday, with two more valuable NBA player props picks.
Enes Kanter O/U 6.5 rebounds
So far through two games in this Western Conference Finals series, Enes Kanter has not played too many minutes for one reason or another. The main reason has been the Thunder's bigger lineup is no match for the Warriors when they go small, and Kanter has been the player to lose out on most of the minutes he was getting in the two series before the West Finals.
The second reason is that Kanter was in foul trouble in Game 2, and before he could get back on the court, the game was well out of hand thanks to the hot shooting of Stephen Curry. Now going back home things could be different, but there are a lot of ifs involved with Kanter's minutes. Serge Ibaka is a little quicker on the defensive end when it comes to guarding smaller players, and Dion Waiters has come in more often in this series as well.
If the Warriors go small, it might force Billy Donovan's hand in getting Kanter out of the game. On top of that, Kanter is averaging over 6.5 fouls per-36 minutes so far in this series, so with all things considered, even a pedestrian rebounding total of 6.5 on NBA odds might be a solid play on the under. Bet365 has the under at a price of even money, and with Kanter playing in the teens in both games so far, I am taking the under and hoping for another game with minimal Kanter minutes.
Free NBA Pick: Under 6½ +100
Best Line Offered: at Bet365
Andre Iguodala O/U 14.5 points, rebounds and assists
Before this series started, I was on with Mike Brenner and Pete Loshak, and the one player I had my eye on this entire series that could be an x-factor for their team was Andre Iguodala. After a quiet scoring Game 1, but a game where we easily cashed the over on his props from bet365, he had a big scoring Game 2 where he had 14 points. Iguodala is going to need to playa big role for this team in order for them to get by the Thunder.
Not only are they going to need him to defend Kevin Durant some throughout the series, but also they are going to need his offense off the bench. If Iguodala is leading the Golden State Warriors' bench in scoring, they are likely winning tonight's game.
That being said, I expect Iguodala to be involved a lot once again in this game. His ability to make threes, get to the basket, as well as rebound and distribute make this prop a nice play on the over. He is averaging 16.5 points, rebounds and assists per game in the first two games in this series, and his per-36 numbers so far in the playoffs are 11.1 points, 4.4 rebounds and 4.4 assists. If he is getting above 30 minutes once again in this game, the over is by far the best play on the board. Even with the slight chalk at -120, this is my best NBA pick of the day.
Free NBA Pick: Over 14½ -120
Best Line Offered: at Bovada