Cavaliers-Warriors Game 1 Player Prop Picks Not Involving Guys Named LeBron or Curry

Jordan Sharp

Thursday, June 4, 2015 3:45 PM GMT

Thursday, Jun. 4, 2015 3:45 PM GMT

The Cavs and Warriors are finally set to hook up tonight from the Bay. Bovada has a wealth of NBA prop Odds for you betting pleasure, and I have found three of them that look like tremendous values. 

JR Smith O/U 13 ½ Points
If you remember back to the layoff between the conference finals and now, I wrote an article that gave you some x-factor guys not named Lebron James or Stephen Curry, and JR Smith was one of those guys. Since coming back from his suspension in Game 3 against the Bulls, Smith has been instrumental in getting the Cavs back to the NBA Finals, and now Bovada has his scoring prop at only 13 ½ tonight. With a banged up Kyrie Irving, Smith is going to have to score the ball, and probably become the defacto number two scorer behind James in this contest. The Warriors are great defensively, but they can’t pay attention to everyone. Since returning from his suspension, Smith has been averaging over 15 points per game, and he averaged 18 points per game in the Eastern Conference Finals against the Hawks. Take the over on this one, as the chalk is very reasonable at -125.

My Pick: OVER 13 ½ (-125) 

 

Iman Shumpert O/U 7 ½ Rebounds and Assists
Speaking of undervalued Cavs players, Iman Shumpert has been a rebounding machine in these playoffs, and he is going to have to continue that if the Cavs want any chance of winning this series. However, Bovada has his rebounds and assists prop very low at 7 ½, and he could cash the over on just rebounds alone if he keeps pace in this one. Shumpert averaged 6.5 rebounds per game in the Conference Finals, and while his assist numbers haven’t been anything to get excited about, his defensive rebounding percentage so far in the playoffs is over 13%, which is very good for a guard. I’m sure he can assist on a couple of baskets as well in this one, and if so I fully expect this number to go over once again. Bovada also has solid chalk on this one, but it’s fully worth it if he continues at the pace he set in the series against the Hawks.

My Pick: OVER 7 ½ rebounds and assists (-125) 

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Who Will Record More Rebounds? Tristan Thompson vs. Draymond Green
This is a great value NBA pick from Bovada, as Tristan Thompson is a-1 ½ favorite in the rebounding department over Draymond Green. The problem is even though they play the same position, Green will be placed on an island against James in this series, which means the smaller Harrison Barnes will likely be forced to defend Thompson. Barnes is giving up a few inches and at least 30 pounds to Thompson, and with how well he has been rebounding these playoffs, I fully expect it to continue in this series. Thompson is more athletic than Andrew Bogut too, so I’m sure he’ll be able to maneuver his way into a few more rebounds outside of his area. Plus, with Green defending James for most of the game, I doubt his rebounding is going to continue at the pace that it was in the first three rounds. Thompson has averaged over 11 rebounds per game since the second round, so look for him to grab even more than that this series.

My Pick: Thompson -1 ½ (-110)

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