Expand your NBA Playoffs betting ticket with player props, noting that although Game 1 was a fantastic showcase, with Kyrie Irving out,e NBA Finals may be a quick series.
Lebron James O/U 30.5 points
I’m not sure if Bovada watched Game 1 or not, but by the looks of this line they were sleeping while Lebron James scored 44 points. Before I get any further here’s a disclaimer; I did watch the game, and I do know that by the end of the game that Andre Iguodala was doing a great job defending Lebron James, however he still isn’t going to start in this one, and I doubt the 31 year-old, Springfield, Illinois native can continue to do this all series. Plus, at only -125 NBA odds, the value is absolutely there to take the over in this game. James took 38 shots in Game 1, and even if he takes 28 shots in this one, he is still going over tonight. It may look too good to be true, but this prop is worth a shot on the over. Without his running mates, James is going to be shooting from start to finish.
NBA Player Props Pick: OVER 30.5 points (-125)
Matthew Dellavedova O/U 10.5 points
Enter Matthew Dellavedova into the NBA Finals. The young St. Mary’s prospect is going to have to play the series of his life if the Cavs want any chance to win it all, but in games where he has been forced to fill in for Irving throughout the playoffs, Dellavedova has done an admirable job. In games where he plays at least 34 minutes, the Cleveland point guard is averaging 14 points per game. He hasn’t shot the ball very well in those four games, averaging just over 40% shooting, but it isn’t the percentage I’m using for this prop. Like James and the volume he should be shooting tonight, Dellavedova is going to have to put up shots. He took double digit shot attempts in three of the four games he filled in for Irving and played at least 34 minutes, and if he is shooting at least ten times, he should be able to get 11 or more points. He has been shooting the three pointer well in the playoffs, and I expect that to be what puts him over the top for this total.
Draymond Green O/U 10 rebounds
We saw what happened when Draymond Green had to guard a bigger player in Game 1, and not only is Tristan Thompson bigger than Green, he is also just as athletic. While I thought that Green would spend some time on James in Game 1, Steve Kerr opted for Harrison Barnes to start the game on James. This left Green trying to rebound against a bigger player, and he only was able to grab six boards. Tonight I don’t see anything changing in that. The Warriors figured out that Iguodala is a much better defender, and trying to body Tristan Thompson with Green was their best shot (it didn’t work either) at keeping him off the boards. However ten is still a little high, and with the NBA odds at -105 for the under, it’s one of the NBA picks in the props department that Bovada has to offer.
NBA Player Props Pick: UNDER 10 rebounds (-105)