NBA Finals PrizePicks Player Props: Play Looney, Poole, Thompson in Celtics-Warriors Game 1 (June 2)
Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images. Pictured: Kevon Looney #5 of the Golden State Warriors.
- Looking to get in on NBA Finals Player Props? A PrizePicks parlay for Game 1 of Celtics vs. Warriors is a good option.
- With the series opening at Chase Center in San Fransisco, Warriors role players will be key.
- Brandon Anderson dives into both picks, starting with Golden State’s top bench option.
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Here’s how I would approach today’s NBA Playoffs slate.
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NBA PrizePicks Parlay
Jordan Poole over 21.5 points + rebounds + assists
Poole has been awesome early in playoff series for the Warriors. He’s especially good at home — where Golden State will start the Finals — and he’s typically getting more run early in the series, before teams have a chance to adjust and target him defensively.
From Game 4 forward, Poole is averaging only 11.1 PPG this postseason. But in Games 1 through 3, he’s posting 24.0 PPG and adds in 3.4 rebounds and 4.3 assists. That’s 31.7 PRA — a full 10 above this line — leaving a wide margin for error.
Poole has been an X-factor for Golden State. The Warriors are 9-1 when he scores at least 15 points this postseason. If you like the Warriors to start out strong with a win a home, expect a big Poole game to come along with that.
Kevon Looney under 9.5 rebounds
Looney was a beast in the final game against Memphis with 22 rebounds and he continued his stellar play against Dallas, averaging a double-double for the series. But Boston is a very different opponent and Looney may not average 29.2 MPG like he has over the past six games. He also will find much tougher matchups on the boards against Robert Williams, Grant Williams and Al Horford.
Looney’s minutes may fall in this series as the Warriors try to push the matchups small in their favor. Also, don’t forget that Golden State might get Otto Porter, Gary Payton II and/or Andre Iguodala back. Looney was great when called upon, but this looks like a series where he’ll be called upon a bit less often.
Looney went over this rebounding total in four of the past six games, but he was under in all 10 playoff games before that at just 4.8 RPG. Don’t let recency bias fool you.
Klay Thompson over 2.0 assists
Thompson has quietly improved his passing this season. His 2.8 APG in the regular season were the second-best mark of his career and his playoff numbers have reflected the same thing. Thompson is averaging 2.8 APG over his past 16 playoff games and he’s only gone under 2.0 dimes twice — both in double-digit blowout losses.
Early in playoff series, the Warriors offense can be a shock to an opponents’ system with all the constant movement and back cuts. That often leads to easy baskets and it should give Thompson some chances to simply keep the hot potato moving and get some easy assists. The key to this one is the line at an even 2.0, since we can always push a tie and play our other picks while keeping the upside of the higher payout if this one hits, too.