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Dallas Mavericks guard Kyrie Irving shoots the ball against Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum during the first quarter of Game 2 of the 2024 NBA Finals at TD Garden. We're fading Irving in our Celtics vs. Mavericks Player Props.
Dallas Mavericks guard Kyrie Irving shoots the ball against Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum during the first quarter of Game 2 of the 2024 NBA Finals at TD Garden. Photo by Peter Casey/USA Today Sports via Imagn.

The Dallas Mavericks return home down 2-0 in the NBA Finals to the Boston Celtics, and we're offering our top Celtics vs. Mavericks player props based on the best NBA odds for Wednesday's Game 3 matchup across our best sports betting sites.

The Dallas Mavericks have had a tough start to the NBA Finals, heading into Game 3 at American Airlines Center down 2-0 against the Boston Celtics. If Dallas fails to rebound in Wednesday's game, scheduled for 8:30 p.m. ET (ABC), the Celtics could be on their way to securing their first title since 2008.

Despite their dominance in the first two games, and being the favorites in the NBA championship odds, the Celtics are 1.5-point underdogs on the road for Game 3. For the Mavericks to make this a competitive series, they will need more contributions from players other than Luka Doncic, who remains a contender by the NBA Finals MVP odds.

Here are our best Celtics vs. Mavericks player props and NBA picks for Game 3. Our C Jackson Cowart explores the NBA Finals odds and betting trends to see if the Mavericks are worth backing down 0-2 to the Celtics.

Celtics vs. Mavericks Game 3 player props

Pick confidence based on a 1-to-5-star scale; odds via our best NBA betting sites.

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Celtics vs. Mavericks prop bet predictions for Wednesday

Jayson Tatum Over 15.5 rebounds + assists ⭐⭐⭐⭐

You have to respect that Jason Kidd knew the only way he could beat the Celtics would be if he could stir up Boston's locker room. Turns out, Tatum doesn't really care if Dallas' head coach thinks Jaylen Brown is better than him.

While Tatum once again struggled as a shooter in Game 2, he finished with 12 assists - his most this postseason - and nine rebounds to clear his 15.5 rebounds and assists line with ease (21). But it continues to be set it at 15.5, which is why it continues to be my favorite Boston bet of the playoffs.

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Tatum is averaging 16.6 rebounds and assists through 16 playoff games and has topped 15.5 combined in 12 games, including eight of his last nine. This same prop is as short as -128, implying a 56.18% win probability, according to our odds converter, but our price pays $19.01 on a $10 bet.

I double down on Tatum's output in my Celtics vs. Mavs same-game parlay for Game 3.

Best odds: -111 via Caesars

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Kristaps Porzingis Over 1.5 blocks ⭐⭐⭐⭐

It seems borderline unfair that Boston could go 9-1 without Porzingis in the playoffs, and then get him back right in time for the NBA Finals. Not only is Porzingis providing his patented floor stretching ability off the bench, but he's been the perfect rim protector against the Mavericks.

Joe Mazzulla has been smart about Porzingis' minutes, playing him just 22 per game in the Finals thus far, but that hasn't slowed him down as a shot blocker. If anything, he's been fresher when on the court and it's allowed him to consistently make impact plays.

Porzingis is averaging 2.5 blocks against the Mavericks, with two-plus in both Finals games and in five of six postseason games. While he did get banged up in Game 2 against the Mavs, Mazzulla said there's "zero" concern. These odds imply a 50.49% win probability with a $10 bet paying out $19.80 in total.

Best odds: -102 via DraftKings

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Kyrie Irving Under 2.5 made 3-pointers ⭐⭐⭐

Hard to blame Doncic for the Mavericks taking a beat down. He finished with a triple-double in Game 2 and is averaging 31 points and four threes per game in the series. Fading Irving is as much about Doncic as it is about the former Celtic flopping in the Finals.

Irving has been terrible. Maybe it was Lucky the Leprechaun putting a curse on him at TD Garden, or maybe he's just hitting the wall against arguably the best defensive team in the NBA. Irving is 0-for-8 from three against the Celtics and has hit three-plus in just four of his last 12 playoff games.

With Doncic carrying the load - and Derrick White and Jrue Holiday leading the defensive charge for the C's - I think Irving will continue to struggle, even at home. These odds imply a 51.22% win probability with a $10 bet paying a $9.52 profit.

Best odds: -105 via DraftKings

Celtics vs. Mavericks Game 3 odds

Celtics vs. Mavericks Game 3 info

  • When: Wednesday, June 12
  • Tip-off: 8:30 p.m. ET
  • Where: American Airlines Center (Dallas)
  • How to watch: ABC
  • Favorite: Mavericks -1.5 (-115 via bet365)

Celtics-Mavericks player props made Monday at 10:30 a.m. ET.

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