The Boston Celtics (-5) host the Milwaukee Bucks at TD Garden for Game 1 of their second-round series Sunday - and Boston forward Jayson Tatum has several player props for prospective bettors to consider at various sportsbooks.
Boston is a decent-sized favorite to win Game 1, and the Celtics are also -200 to win the series against the Bucks at FanDuel Sportsbook.
Additionally, Boston is +370 to win the NBA Championship, and Tatum is +440 to win the NBA Finals MVP Award at the sportsbook.
For added context, Tatum’s MVP odds are tied for the shortest, and Boston’s championship odds are the third lowest.
During the first-round series against the Brooklyn Nets, Tatum averaged 29.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 7.3 assists, and 3.3 three-pointers per game.
It was an excellent follow-up to the three-time All-Star’s regular-season production, as he recorded 26.9 points, 8.0 rebounds, 4.4 assists, and 3.0 three-pointers per game.
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The 30.5 points total might seem high, but Tatum scored 31 and 39 against the Nets in Game 1 and Game 3, respectively. His assists per game were up against Brooklyn, and the sportsbooks are tacking on a hefty vig to his 5.5 assists total for Sunday’s game.
It’s worth noting Milwaukee has the best defensive rating to this point of the playoffs; however, the quality of the Bucks’ opponent probably shouldn’t be overlooked. The Chicago Bulls shot just 40.4% from the field in Round 1– the lowest of any postseason team.
In comparison, Boston shot 49.0%, which was fourth-best in Round 1.