Klay Thompson’s poor shooting in Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals helped us split a pair of NBA Picks on Saturday and here on Sunday we have a 17-point spread for Game 3 in the East.
Playoff Props Record: 13-9Cavaliers O/U 116 points
The Cavaliers have absolutely been shredding the Celtics’ defense and it has led to their offense exploding. They are getting run outs, they are making tough shots and they are knocking down a ton of three-pointers.
This was obviously a big offensive game on Friday but now with Isaiah Thomas out and the Celtics as huge underdogs, the Cavs are not going to take this game lightly.
After dropping 130 points in Game 2 and 117 on the road in Game 1, the third game of this series could see the Cavs score even more. In the regular season they averaged 116.3 points per game in their four regular season meetings with the Celtics and now at home that number is only going to go higher.
The Celtics are allowing 108.6 points per 100 possessions and over their last three games including their closeout Game 7 against the Wizards, the C’s are allowing 122.1 points per 100 possessions.
We could see another 40-point blowout in this one and with the Cavs’ offense running wild in these playoffs, expect 120-plus points from Cleveland tonight.Free NBA Pick: OVER 116 (-115) Best Line Offered: at Bovada Marcus Smart O/U 11 ½ points
Marcus Smart is going to have to step up in Game 3 and 4 with the loss of Isaiah Thomas and if the C’s want to extend this series and have any chance of winning a game in Cleveland to send the series back to Boston, Smart is going to have to play huge in this one.
He hasn’t been great shooting the ball. The former 6th overall pick hasn’t had a ton of offensive success in the NBA yet, but getting the start tonight should help that. Smart will remain aggressive and try to make Kyrie Irving work on the defensive end.
Plus, besides Al Horford and Avery Bradley, Smart is probably the third option on offense for this game.
Even though Smart is only shooting 36.4% from the floor in the playoffs, his chances of getting above 11 points in this one are very good. Not only will he have to take double-digit shots, as long as he can knock some of those down and get to the free throw line, I see him between 13 and 15 points tonight.Free NBA Pick: OVER 11 ½ (-135)Best Line Offered: at Bovada