Green has benefitted from the absence of Kevin Durant because he’s free to play the style of basketball that helped him become one of the best two-way players in the NBA. He averaged 16.5 points, 11.8 rebounds, 8.8 assists, 2.8 blocks and 2.3 steals per game in the Western Conference Finals and his energy at both ends of the court made a big difference.
It was a tough regular season for Green, he missed the All-Star game for the first time since 2014-15, his scoring average dropped to his worst since the 2013-14 season, he had the third-worst Player Efficiency Rating (PER) of his career (12.88) and the second-worst 3-point percentage of his career (28.5) but he’s been a man on a mission in the playoffs.
He helped close out the Trail Blazers with a great all-around performance in Game 4, getting another triple-double (18 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists), his fourth in the playoffs thus far. He also had one in Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals.
5Dimes set Green’s point total for Game 1 at 13.5 and that’s a prop that caught my eye, especially because he scored 16, 20 and 18 points in the last three games of the Western Conference Finals against the Trail Blazers.
The line is set like that because Draymond Green (+700 to win NBA Finals MVP at Jazz Sports) is averaging 13.6 points in 37.7 minutes over 16 playoff games and he averaged just 7.4 points in 66 regular season games but Kevin Durant will miss Game 1, which means that Green will try to help Curry and Thompson on offense.
The tricky part is that he will likely have his hands full as the primary defender on Kawhi Leonard (plus-8.8 Box Plus/Minus). Green is playing his best basketball in years but I’m taking him to score Under 13.5 points at -110.
Draymond Green Player Props for Game 1
(Courtesy of 5Dimes)
Draymond Green points over 13.5 -110
Draymond Green points under 13.5 -110
Draymond Green rebounds over 9.5 -150
Draymond Green rebounds under 9.5 +120
Draymond Green assists over 7.5 -115
Draymond Green assists under 7.5 -115
Draymond Green points+assists over 20.5 -105
Draymond Green points+assists under 20.5 -125
Draymond Green points+rebounds over 23.5 -105
Draymond Green points+rebounds under 23.5 -125
Draymond Green rebounds+assists ov 18 -110
Draymond Green rebounds+assists un 18 -110
Draymond Green pts+reb+ast over 30.5 -125
Draymond Green pts+reb+ast under 30.5 -105
Draymond Green 3-Pt FG’s made over 1.5 +210
Draymond Green 3-Pt FG’s made under 1.5 -270
Series Price for the NBA Finals
(Courtesy of BetOnline)