3 NBA Props for Sunday: Love Over/Under 17.5 Points?

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Cary Edmondson- USA Today Sports. Pictured: Kevin Love (left) and Draymond Green (right)

This article offers data-driven analysis on notable NBA player prop bets, often incorporating The Action Network’s public betting data along with the tools at FantasyLabs and Sports Insights.

Today’s analysis will cover the following three props for Game 2 of the NBA Finals featuring the Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State Warriors at 8 p.m. ET:

  • Tristan Thompson (Cavaliers) over/under 6.5 points
  • Kevin Love (Cavaliers) over/under 17.5 points
  • Shaun Livingston (Warriors) over/under 5.5 points

Looking for more props? Check out the FantasyLabs NBA Player Props tool and our FREE Game 2 Props Sheet.

 

Tristan Thompson Under 6.5 points (-115)

8 p.m. ET | ABC

Thompson was a key member of the Cavs rotation during the Celtics series, but he doesn’t figure to be nearly as important against the Warriors. Golden State play much smaller and faster than Boston, so the Cavs could continue to opt to replace Thompson with more perimeter shooting during this series after he saw just 20 minutes in Game 1. Thompson scored just two points in that game, and he’s averaged just 5.8 points in approximately 20 minutes per game during the postseason.

Kevin Love Over 17.5 Points (-100)

8 p.m. ET | ABC

Love averaged just 17.6 points per game during the regular season, but that number has fallen to 14.3 in the playoffs despite averaging 3.5 additional minutes per game. Still, there is some reason for optimism with Love moving forward: He’s shot a dreadful 39.3% from the field and 32.6% from 3-point range, both of which represent significant decreases when compared to his regular-season averages, and he has the potential to smash the over on this prop if he can improve a bit in those departments.

Shaun Livingston Under 5.5 Points (+130)

8 p.m. ET | ABC

This is a low prop to take the under on, but the +130 odds make it enticing. Livingston is coming off 10 points in Game 1, but racked them up by shooting a perfect 4-of-4 from the field, which obviously won’t always be the case. Those 10 points were also the most points Livingston has scored in a game since Game 1 of the second round, and he’s scored four points or less in three of his past five games.

All lines accurate as of 3:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, June 3rd.