Our player prop picks pushed in Game 2 going 1-1-1 on the night, but let’s see if we can move one of those from the loss or push category into the win column tonight. Bovada sportsbook has a wealth of different player prop options tonight, and I have three to release for free.
Will Lebron James Score a Triple Double?
While Lebron James missed out on a triple double in the Game 1 loss, he easily hit one in Game 2 going for 39 points, 16 rebounds and 11 assists. The points and rebounds should be no problem for him tonight. When both teams go small, it helps James’ rebounds a lot since he is under the basket a lot more. The question mark on this one is assists. The Warriors are trying to make Lebron James more of a scorer than a facilitator, but James knows this, and he still was able to dish out 11 dimes last game. With NBA betting odds of +275 for yes, the value is good enough to take a shot at it tonight. During the playoffs, James is averaging 29 points, 10.6 rebounds and 8.3 assists, and while he has only recorded two official triple doubles, he has gotten within one or two rebounds or assists another six times. Plus he has his two triple doubles in his last four games, so he is trending upward. In what could be a higher scoring and faster paced game than the first two, I am willing to take a shot at it.
NBA Pick: Yes (+275)
Will Tristan Thompson Score a Double Double?
Tristan Thompson’s playoffs will end up making him a ton of money this offseason, but so far in this series, while his rebounding continues to kill the Warriors, he has not scored the ball well at all. In two games Thompson is 1-9 from the field, 2-4 from the free throw line, and he has scored a total of 2 points in each of the first two games. Things would have to start going way more in his favor for him to get to double digits in scoring tonight, and other than a complete collapse on the defensive glass for the Warriors, I can’t see him getting enough offensive put backs to get to double figures either. Draymond Green did a better job on him in Game 2, but with the NBA Odds at -115, the no looks like the play here.
NBA Pick: No (-115)
Who Will Record More Points – Iman Shumpert vs. Draymond Green
Both of these guys are better defenders than they are offensive players, but Draymond Green has now scored in double figures in both of the first two games of this series, while Iman Shumpert’s offense has completely fallen off the cliff. Shumpert is having to defend either Klay Thompson or Stephen Curry, so that hurts his offense some, but Green has been much more consistent, and is only a -2 ½ points favorite over Shumpert in this one. With Shumpert shooting only 4-17 in two games so far this series, I doubt heading back home will help him enough on offense to beat out Green, or be within two points of him at the end. Shumpert’s shooting percentage has consistently dropped every series in the playoffs so far. He started shooting 47% from the field in the Celtics series, but it dropped to 40% in the Bulls series, 35% in the Conference Finals, and now only 24% in the NBA Finals. Look for Green to beat out the downward trending Shumpert.
NBA Pick: Green -2 ½ (-115)