Warriors vs. Celtics NBA Finals Parlay Picks: Pair Golden State and Jayson Tatum Bets in Game 3 (June 8)

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  • The Golden State Warriors will clash with the Boston Celtics at TD Garden in Game 3 of the NBA Finals Wednesday night.
  • Monique (@ParlayQueen on Twitter) breaks down the matchup, including why you parlay a Warriors scoring bet and Jayson Tatum scoring prop in Warriors vs. Celtics Game 3.

Warriors vs. Celtics Game 3 Odds

Warriors Odds+3.5
Celtics Odds-3.5
Moneyline+130 / -150
Over/Under213.5 (-110/-110)
Time9 p.m. ET
Odds via Bet365. Get up-to-the-minute NBA odds here.

Game 3 of the NBA Finals shifts back to Boston with the series tied up 1-1. As good as the Boston Celtics were at home during the regular season, that home court advantage has not been as prevalent during the postseason with Boston posting a 5-4 record at TD Garden. They take on the resurgent Golden State Warriors who are 3-4 away from home this postseason.

Game 3 has historically told us who will likely be crowned NBA Champion: 39 times have we seen a 1-1 split in NBA Finals history with the winner of Game 3 going on to win the series 82.1% of the time. This stat places an extra importance on bringing momentum back on your side and gaining a lead in this best-of-seven series.

Warriors Under 26.5 First Quarter Points (-120)

The Warriors have not gotten out to a great start on the road in the postseason. The number as a whole looks good at 26.8 points per game, but when you break that number down further especially as of late, there is a big decrease in scoring early on for Golden State.

Their last two road games saw the Warriors putting up 24 points on 8-of-21 shooting from the floor, 1-of-7 from beyond the arc. The game prior saw similar numbers 25 points on 9-of-23 shooting and 2-of-10 from beyond the arc.

Although both those games were against the Dallas Mavericks, we can expect much of the same against the Celtics who have put up similar defensive stats. The Celtics were ranked first in opponent first quarter points per game at 25.2 in the regular season.

During the postseason across their last five home games, they have held opponents to 23 points per game on 36.6% shooting from the floor. Look for Boston to come out with that same defensive intensity and back Under the Warriors first quarter team total.

Jayson Tatum Over 27.5 Points (-115)

Jayson Tatum is averaging career high numbers in points (26.3), rebounds (6.6), and assists (6.1) per game this postseason. He's logged a double-double in two of his last three games and it's very easy to see the type of impact he's had especially at home for the Celtics. In his last two home games Tatum has shot 8-of-16 for 31 points, and most recently 9-of-12 for 30 points.

Most notable in his stats as a whole especially at TD Garden are the number of visits to the charity stripe. In his last two home contests Tatum had 16 and 8 free throws attempted.

With Tatum being aggressive and getting those foul calls it has helped to stop the clock and allowed Tatum those point freebies as he's shooting 82.4% from the free-throw line this postseason. Expect  much of the same on the offensive end out of Tatum in this crucial Game 3 matchup.

Parlay: Warriors Under 26.5 First Quarter Points + Jayson Tatum Over 26.5 Points = +260

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Nick Sterling
Jul 21, 2024 UTC