Celtics vs. Warriors Single Game Parlay Picks: Marcus Smart, Andrew Wiggins Props for Game 1 (June 2)
Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images. Pictured: Marcus Smart #36 of the Boston Celtics.
Celtics vs. Warriors Odds
|Moneyline||+140 / -165|
|Time||9 p.m. ET|
|Odds via FanDuel. Get up-to-the-minute NBA odds here.|
Game 1 of the NBA Finals gets underway Thursday evening as the Golden State Warriors host the Boston Celtics. This marks the Warriors’ sixth Finals appearance in eight years and the first in 11 years for the Celtics.
The Celtics will need all they can get on the offensive end going up against the Warriors who ranked second in field goals and field goal percentage, and third in 3-pointers made. Golden State also got it done all season long on the defensive end holding opponents to the second-lowest field goal percentage at 43.8% and the third-fewest points per game at 105.5.
It’s difficult to go against a team that has been as dominant as Golden State all postseason season long, especially on their home court where they are a perfect 9-0 in the playoffs.
For the Celtics, who led the league in defensive efficiency, they have also had their success in the postseason especially on the road going an impressive 8-1 ATS through nine contests away from home as they find themselves 3.5-point road underdogs.
Andrew Wiggins Over 1.5 3-pointers (-104, FanDuel)
One player who has really stepped their game up this postseason for Golden State is Andrew Wiggins who is averaging 15.8 points per game and shooting 48 percent from the floor. He’s logging big minutes averaging 33.2 a game and has gone over his set total of 15.5 in eight of the last 10 postseason games.
In the last two head-to-head meetings in the regular season, Wiggins logged 22 and 27 points respectively. In his 27 point shooting night, Wiggins connected on 11-of-20 overall and 5-of-7 from beyond the arc. Although we don’t usually think of Wiggins as a 3-point shooter, the attempts have been there from deep especially as of late.
I like betting over this number, which has odds very close to plus-money.
Marcus Smart Over 5.5 Assists (-140, FanDuel)
One player to really watch this series from a storyline perspective and their impact is Marcus Smart. There will be no love lost this series as the boo’s are expected to filter in heavily. It was Smart who helped contribute to Steph Curry’s injury back in March which kept him out for an entire month.
Although Smart is listed as questionable for Game 1 with an ongoing injury, his impact will be necessary not only on the defensive end but facilitating offensively as well. He’s averaging 6.2 assists per game through 15 postseason contests and 36.5 minutes played.
In their last four head-to-head meetings in the regular season against the GSW, Smart has logged no fewer than six assists, including eight total in their last two. We love backing Over this number today at 5.5.
If you are feeling ambitious, the alternate assist total for Smart is tempting. Bet365 has the best number I’ve seen if you think Smart can record a double-double at +1025, or +925 for 10 or more dimes. Not going to add it to the parlay, but could be a fun bold selection which is not that farfetched to cash.
Parlay: Andrew Wiggins Over 1.5 3s + Marcus Smart Over 5.5 assists = (+221)
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